WSBK » EXCLUSIVE Andrea Buzzoni (BMW) - Q&A

Following BMW's decision to withdraw from World Superbikes at the end of the season, sat down with BMW Italia boss Andrea Buzzoni to discuss the revelation and future plans...

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August 05, 2013 10:01 AM

As the guy says, WSB is not production based but prototype and this was not it's intended purpose. It should be much nearer to road bikes though reading his beliefs of the direction does not make happy reading: stock engine and electronics with open chassis!

Surely, the first and foremost fundamental should be a standard chassis. With this standard electronics is a great idea as will please manufacturers (purpose to race for this new development area) and benefit customers (standard stuff will be great) and improve racing (no more GPS traction control etc...).

Then I think the class needs some performance balancing (like bsb?) so all road bikes don't end up revvy idiotic machines- though, I'm not certain this part is essential.

Then have any further homologated parts (therefore available to the general public, perhaps even for a set cost to stop silly money being spent) only permitted that are bolt-ons.

With all this, any team (or individual for that matter) can buy and build a


August 05, 2013 8:20 PM

What I'm struggling with is where this is all going for the event as a whole.
If superbikes essentially become superstock bikes with slick tyres then is there any point / justification in having separate superstock classes?
And if you take the average WSB event, it is already dragged out to cover for the small number of races.
Personally I'm all for the trend to bring the bikes closer to what is sold in the showroom but perhaps it's time to merge these with MotoGP and have one decent event rather than two weak ones.


August 06, 2013 7:27 PM

Interesting that a guy IN the know and IN the series says that ultimate horsepower and electronics is NOT required for great racing, and cites BSB as the example.

I've said these same things on here, and people go off on one that it'd be sacrilege to rein the bikes in a bit!

Thing is... what Andrea says is true - and not JUST for WSBK but for MotoGP too. But don't look for any sense arriving there.

It does look like Superstock 1000 will become superfluous though. Mind you - if that resulted in a larger WSBK grid with even more strong competition and teams from the 2 - who'd really mind?

All sounds good to me - less factory, more independence, less electronics. I'm still waiting though for Dorna to make a royal hash of the regs so its another MotoGP mess though.

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