WSBK » Buckmaster: WSS rules can work for WSBK

Simon Buckmaster feels the rule changes that helped increase World Supersport grid numbers in recent years could help the World Superbike Championship in a similar way too.

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ellis - Unregistered

February 09, 2013 10:37 PM

I se no problems with superstock rules other than engine tuning so all teams are competative. Official factory superstock BMW cost 25000, factory BMW forks cost 30000 and they have three sets per bike. Fans watching won't be able to tel as the replacement internals in superstock forks are a long way of stock. There is no reason why you wouldn't have ten guys racing for wins every race, and imo with a rider aid ban the racing would be even closer.

RottenRonnie - Unregistered

February 10, 2013 3:03 AM

Simon has nailed it from my experiences over many years in the paddock as a fan i have seen it year after year where privateer teams are just there to make up the numbers including Pedercini his bikes didn't have flyby throttle like the factory Kwaka team & they aren't the only team to get sub standard packages .

Before there was a single tyre supplier you had Michelin whipping Dunlop to the point that dunlop teams were racing to be top Dunlop team as they had no chance of beaten Michelins . Then there was Michelins for factory teams & lower spec for privateer teams .

Matt - Unregistered

February 10, 2013 11:08 AM

Go and watch the superstock if you want to watch superstock. I want to see some damn fast bikes put on the edge and drivers to. I have no complaints for 2012 season on sbk. Racing was great, bikes were fast and technology is pushed to the edge.

Are some people so naive that they think pushing the grid to filled with 30 bikes we are going to have more people fighting for victories? Look at the Moto2, thay have full grid and interesting racing but you could say that there are only the 8-10 racers who could win on good day. I dont want to see grid up to 30 and people being lapped middle of the race. I want to see fast bikes with fast RACERS. Fill grid with 20 bikes and you have 10 riders who can win. Fill it with 30 and you still have 10 rides who can win, 40 again 10 riders. I dont want sbk grid to filled with any more "b" class drivers than they allredy have.

SBK are still 2 seconds shy from Honda and Yamaha MotoGP bikes. Its not their falt that Dorna in its wisdom is filling the gri

Matt - Unregistered

February 10, 2013 11:10 AM

SBK are still 2 seconds shy from Honda and Yamaha MotoGP bikes. Its not their fault that Dorna in its wisdom is filling the grid with bikes that are 2 seconds faster from what you can get nearby shop. Its really shame Dorna has rights to sbk, hope they dont mess it up to. We have 5 competitive manufacturers in sbk + suzuki (maybe in 2013 they will do), how many more do we need? I recon Yamaha will be back some day, no matter the rules. MVAgusta is getting back to its feat on racing in WSS.

We have good racing in SBK there is no need to dumn it down. If you want to watch superstock spec bikes, watch superstock.

pp916 - Unregistered

February 10, 2013 12:42 PM

Who'd have thought it, Simon Buckmaster the voice of reason!
I still see one of the biggest problems with WSB as the failure of the promoters to do just that, promote the series.
For all its faults BSB succeeds very well in that area and crowds are big as a result - there's something very wrong when a BSB round at Silverstone can attract a bigger attendance than a WSB round that has 7 British riders on the grid most of whom are capable of a win/podium. What happened to all those fanatics that followed Foggy, why isn't that level of enthusiasm being tapped into? The racing is always full-on, there's proper accessible characters riding the bikes, some-one is really missing a trick here but I don't trust Dorna to cash in on the potential they'll more likely not listen to the likes of SB and screw it up.


February 10, 2013 1:42 PM

"there's proper accessible characters riding the bikes"
I would really question that one, I saw totally the opposite to that last year.

Why are people convinced Dorna will screw it up? They are not the ones who put it in the position it is in now from a business prospective. Which ever way you look at it CRT teams are attracting more sponsors than factory teams in WSB.

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