WSBK » WSBK cost-cutting ‘framework’ agreed


A new cost-cutting framework has been agreed for the World Superbike Championship, with the first of three stages to be rolled out in 2014.

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shamarone

June 07, 2013 4:01 PM
Last Edited 451 days ago

re: "WSBK wanted to beat 500cc racing so much that they have let it run totally out of control."

you have it backwards. WSBK's been around 25 years. what you mean to say is...

500cc wanted to beat production so bad that 12 years ago they dumped their glorious 2T history for 4T. imitation is the sincerest form of flattery don't ya know. :)

and then after a few years of reasonable success with this, they (he) realized this change didn't have the effect of enriching $$ just THEM as he had hoped.

this change ALSO had a knock-on benefit to his competition (ie. WSBK). all the exquisite technology and lessons the factories were learning from grandprix were being HOMOLOGATED and showing up over in production racing (see entry for R1, RSV4, zed10, panigale, etc). aaahhh...!!! hemorrhaging of the ridership had already begun (barros, biaggi, melandri, nakano, checa, etc).

MY GOD WHAT HAVE I DONE...!? (david byrne, talking heads voice)

TalentFan

June 07, 2013 4:02 PM

I agree that Dorna's 'rules' must be for commercial purposes, as touting them as cost savers like they try to flannel us with in MotoGP is clearly nonsense.
Limit engines, limited fuel but unlimited revs and electronics is a perfect recipe for massive R&D budgets and staff to maximise the potential. Which is why HRC have all the toys.
Limit revs and you eliminate the need for exotic pneumatic valves and materials and provide engine life as well as cutting fuel consumption as a natural by- product. All without spending any money to do it.
But that would let anyone play and we can't have that can we? Despair is the word, despair!

shamarone

June 07, 2013 4:25 PM

re: "DTM"

you mean IDM. DTM is touring saloons.

re: "that italian one"

CIV.

re: "whatever other euro national champs there are"

don't leave out CANSBK. canadia eh? :) they're part of the Pirelli control tyre dominion and the reason Dunlop boffins just across the border in Buffalo haven't gotten a good night's sleep in years.

fastfisheye

June 07, 2013 4:51 PM

This is a step in the right direction for one important reason. An overall standardization in national racing series, with a broad spectrum of classes to encompass, one one side gp proto types ... Read moto 2 and 3 and on the other side proddy based formulae, extreme 1000, ss6oo and SBK, will lead to a rationalization of the feeder classes and greater opportunities for talented young racers from countries embracing these established classes. Hopefully diversifying the colour of the flags waving on gp podiums.

shamarone

June 07, 2013 4:53 PM

Q: "not sure how DORNA was given permission to create a monopoly on 2 wheels racing.

A: simple. he had several years head start of "chewing the fat" with the suits of Bridgepoint. suits that likely know fukk-all about motorbikes. as such they'd be inclined to go along with whatever he suggests.

shamarone

June 07, 2013 5:06 PM
Last Edited 451 days ago

re: "This is a step in the right direction for one important reason. An overall standardization in national racing series"

except that's not what's happening. this is a step to padding one man's bank account. those grander thoughts of altruism while nice, unfortunately have NOTHING to do with what's going on here. DMG's name isn't popping up, the brothers flammini are MIA, etc.

do you know what it costs to keep a helicopter pad equipped super yacht, fully crewed and anchored off Saint-Tropez these days...? let's just say it ain't cheap.

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