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Tom Sykes: In my point of view it's stupid, I think they should keep it the way it is...

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August 31, 2013 12:43 PM

Anyone else notice the grid slowly shrinking, approaching MotoGP levels of participation? Something has to be done about costs in both series. While we may not all agree on the methods of doing this, we can't just pretend all is fine and dandy as is.


August 31, 2013 12:58 PM

Kick the factory teams out of the championship and have privateers run in this competition,sounds drastic but this will open up a level playing field and encourage more teams to enter.


August 31, 2013 3:08 PM

If you want to control costs, get rid of traction control.

HELLO ? Anyone with common sense out there? No, didn't think so.

Sealed motors favor manufactures, open engines favor teams who have dudes who can put motors together. Is this racing or lets buy stuff from the manufacturers?


August 31, 2013 3:19 PM

so i want to ask tom sykes, supersport bikes are faster than moto2 bikes is that mean moto2 worse than SSP? moto2 is stock engines and riders can have limited setup so it is already really excited and actually moto2 is more funny than motogp to watch to be honest...


August 31, 2013 3:22 PM

for me, according to competitiveness, moto2 - ssp(not this year, sam and kenan rocks and there is no good enough rider to compete) - sbk - moto3 - motogp respectively. sorry but that is my oppinion.


August 31, 2013 3:38 PM
Last Edited 974 days ago

I like WSBK because of:

1) the variety of the field - different marques, different philosophies, different designs, different engines - V2, V4, inline 4, screamer, big bang...

2) I like the idea of taking 'stock' bikes, modifying them and then racing them while achieving lap times only marginally slower than full blown MotoGP prototypes (this is impossible in car racing - compare F1 vs GT or WTCC)

3) more relaxed and accessible riders, environment, paddock etc..

4) multiple riders having chance to win - unlike in MotoGP, remember the battles at Silverstone or last year's Donington - what a sight it was!

As far as Dorna keeps this, I'll be happy. Even better would be to see back some of the 'spirit of the past' when riders like Haga, Bayliss or Gobert were throwing the heavier electronicless bikes 'round corners, but those times are forever lost I guess...


August 31, 2013 5:32 PM

I agree with pcxmac, eliminate traction control. That would also limit how much power they would need to build because the tire couldn't handle it. That and high paid geeks would leave the paddock.

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