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As the new year approaches, the 2014 World Superbike Championship is slowly taking shape with eight manufacturers set to partake next season.

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Ben1

December 15, 2013 12:02 PM

Only factory and Evo rides? I fear the gap will be even bigger than in MotoGP. WSB was always great because satellite riders could fight with the factory machines, like Giugliano last year or Davies the year before.

Fullofit

December 15, 2013 5:07 PM

Nothing healthy about that ... more like ominous for 2015.

7 Evo Kawa's and 1 Evo BMW ... a sign of things to come.
Look at the balance in BSB too.

It's going to become the ZX10 cup.

Predicted this 2 years ago when everyone started talking about more stock regs. It's playing out exactly as I said, & as Dorna wanted.
Killing WSBK to strengthen MotoGP.

shakennstirred

December 16, 2013 3:13 AM

wsbk was dying before dorna got hold of it
cutting the cost with the evo's is the only way to save it with the lack of money around these days and it will get the class back to what it was meant to be when it was started.

shamarone

December 16, 2013 4:12 AM

re: "I fear the gap will be even bigger than in MotoGP."

nothing can be bigger than the gap in MotoGP.

re: "wsbk was dying before dorna got hold of it"

don't exaggerate. the championship has seen exciting title runs 3 years straight with a different winner each of those 3 years. this matches if not exceeds MotoGP.

Fullofit

December 16, 2013 6:11 AM

It's shouldn't be up to different manufacturers to offer track ready road bikes. Not every manufacturer follows the same philosophy.

If I was buying a bike to race, I'd have no choice but to buy the ZX10 at the moment. However, buying a bike to ride on the road is a different story. I own an R1 because I love the sound of the engine, and I own a CBR because it's simply the best superbike to ride on the road ... where I can't use all the Kawa race advantages anyway.

Current superbike rules allow manufacturers or independent tuning companies / race teams to make some fairly inexpensive modifications to engines and suspension and turn any 1000cc bike into a track racer of similar performance.

Evo rules hold a gun to manufacturers heads, forcing them to produce a track racer out the box if they want to compete in this series. All that will do is force them to pull out. It's either sort-sightedness or arrogance from Dorna, but either way we will be the net losers with a poorer show.

RSMick

December 16, 2013 8:18 AM
Last Edited 312 days ago

What is the RSV4 then?

So bikes like the 888,916,999, RC30, OW01,R7, half million SP2, RC45, FP1 +many more and even your R1 were not track bikes first and road bikes second? Some never seen on the road.

What do you call inexpensive? 250k for a Yamaha Italia basic R1 engine kit.

I think some of you cannot remember the original SBK format, and where the only manufacturers in the paddock were Ducati and Bimota. All the teams were mainly importers and private.

If FGS (Octagen) would have stuck to the original plan of 19k kits for bikes in 2002 with kits rising with inflation, WSB wouldn't have got to the mess it was in, but he got a monk on about motogp going 4t and scrapped it, still waiting for the court case.

RSMick

December 16, 2013 8:24 AM

Sham
"nothing can be bigger than the gap in MotoGP."

Except maybe the gap between Sykes and Ianuzzo

"don't exaggerate. the championship has seen exciting title runs 3 years straight with a different winner each of those 3 years. this matches if not exceeds MotoGP."

I remember when someone used to say 17 bikes on the grid was a waste of time and signs that Motogp was finished.

Fullofit

December 16, 2013 9:42 AM
Last Edited 310 days ago

MIck, you have always been so far up Dorna's ass, you'd never see the light of day.

With current WSBK rules there was no need for homologation specials like the R7, RC45, SP2. You could start with a $15k showroom superbike, spend another $85k and be right near the front.
With a bit of technical support from national & regional importers & manufacturers, you could run a competitive 2 bike team for $200k a season. That might sound like a lot when compared to your monthly grocery bill, but for a World Championship racing season it's not over the top.

Under Evo rules, the only way we'll see Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Aprilia, etc in the field is with "homologation specials" again. So, by the time teams have purchased a bike that was race prepped before leaving the factory for the showroom floor, and added their staffing, logistics, & travel expenses ... you're back at the same numbers to go racing for a season anyway ... so you've accomplished nothing - assuming manufacturers bother to re

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