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Limits on engine changes, an end to superior bikes at factory teams, plus a new EVO class for WSBK in 2014

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Steveo99

August 09, 2013 4:44 PM

This should address the issue with the grid numbers, and might also tempt some superstock teams to the fold. I am hopeful we will even see national level teams make the (now much smaller cost) leap up to international competition

Don-R

August 09, 2013 4:59 PM

It might make the grids bigger but the factory teams and top riders will be looking even more to quit WSBK and move to MotoGP. J.Rea and Melandri are just 2 of the names trying to make the switch before WSBK becomes a glorified production class, while up and coming riders like Sam Lowes are now likely to skip World Superbikes altogether and move straight to Moto2.

Seems to me that dis-incentivising factory teams from competing, and drawing top riders away from the championship is all to the greater benefit of MotoGP rather than WSBK.

FastestBloke

August 09, 2013 5:37 PM

Hope factory teams can bend the rules a little, otherwise they will loose interest on the championship.

Nobody has the right to force a manufacturer to provide their best products to every team. That is between the team, and the manufacturer. If they wish to give more updated material t some team due to sponshorship commitments, who is Dorna to say otherwise?

Also, this evi crap, wont convince me. Id rather have a separate superstock class.

That being said, I would agree to bring bikes closer to the stock level, in order to have a lot of wild-card riders, like it was with the 500cc in japan, where they even fought for race wins.

pcxmac

August 09, 2013 5:40 PM
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nothing wrong with a glorified production class, as long as they don't seal the motors and the ecu's and turn it in to a lease operation for mfrs.

As long as Pirelli still keep pumping out quality or better rubber and at some time other tire makes are allowed to compete, and TC goes bye bye, it will be a plus for WSBK. Rea and Marco would be fools to jump back in to the dog and pony that is MotoGP, With Yamaha coming back to WSBK, Marco should be tempting sponsors with a nice R1.

All Rea needs is to wait for the electronics to be dumbed down, and he will start winning more, if Rea goes to GPs he will never win and probably only ever be mid pack. Then again he might get lucky and replace Dani for a year or two and become Marc's new whipping boy, I am sure that would be interesting. I don't see Bradl going any where, especially if hes getting primo BridgeStone traction, San Carlo, maybe, but I cannot see him getting any more out of that bike than Alvaro, who is in my estimation bette

RSMick

August 09, 2013 7:25 PM

Back to basics, back to no manufacture involvement like Donny 87, (well except Ducati and Bimota) and should attract the importers like they used to be involved. Who knows may see Honda britain adorn the side of a bike again

Matt2

August 09, 2013 7:34 PM

Whats up with Dorna and this "2 rules for 1 class"? Why on earth cant we have 2 separate classes, does those EVO riders benefit somehow from going 1-5 (position) in STK to 20-25 in WSBK?

Some changes are ok, like putting price tag on some components. Engine ammount is two edged sword.
Manufacturers will spent money on enginelife but at the same time they need to ceep cost down when they provide bikes for everyone.

I love WSBK, but truth to be told, we had good thing going and this season it has been faiding away. BMW taiking its support away, Daivies and Melandri havent been able to be compotitive the whole season. In some races they have been on top and others in no where. Playing has been pretty much between Kawasaki and Aprilia. Rea has been mixing the pack time to time. But laptimes have been where the money is.

Something needed to change but I didnt want to see WSBK going STK. Limiting some things has been good and maeby we get Yamaha back and newcommers like Agusta.

JontheEngineer

August 09, 2013 7:58 PM

Another 2 class racing series. This always works out poorly. Leaves the fastest and best riders in a dangerous situation of dodging backmarkers. I would rather see 15 quality entries than 30 and 10 are backmarkers.

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