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Full combined (Monday/Tuesday) results from the official 2014 eni World Superbike Championship pre-season test at Phillip Island, Australia (18th Feb)

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herewego

February 18, 2014 8:29 AM

Looks like Jonathan Rea is going to have the same struggle he always has!! In typical fashion though, he will be giving it everything in his power which is always good to see. I just wish Honda would sort their bike out for him!!

KILLAKaw4Life

February 18, 2014 4:59 PM

JimmyThe RealOne, Being fromt the States and an avid Kawasaki & Sykes fan, I don't understand your very pointed feelings on the EBR Bikes. Hell Kawasaki absolutely sucked until changing the tides 2 years ago with Sykes. The EBR bikes are only 2-3 years old really with average riders Yates and May. I totally wish them the best but lets analyze the facts here.

EBR Bikes: 1st year in WSBK, Early in development, 2 yrs old, fielding 2 riders from the states who have never seen these tracks. (yes yes I'll hit on the Ben Spies thing with Yamaha)

EBR Riders: YATES nowhere near his prime when he raced a Yosh Suzuki against Mladin. Just returned from years away from racing last year. Average rider now though I'm a big fan of his. I wish him the best and hope he can find his mojo again and prove me wrong.
MAY: A more recent and well known rider in AMA but still average. I also hope he roves me wrong! Never raced on these circuits. mid-teir ama rider.

OK let's touch on Spies. He

KILLAKaw4Life

February 18, 2014 5:14 PM

My post was cut off.

Spies was a 3 time AMA champion racing day in and out with Mladin. He had a new yamaha and was on all new tracks but lets not forget he was a multi-champion with great skilll. He was able to compensate for the short comings of the Yamaha. Oh and wait the Yamaha has years and years of racing in its background. EBR only has 2 full seasons of racing on this all new from the ground up machine.

If Josh Hayes was on this machine along with maybe a WSBK regular, then we could see where it actually stands.

Hell I pray some manufacturer gives JOSH HAYES a chance in Superbike and maybe we see another Ben SPies type rookie 1st year
champion.

and nooooooo this is not the Harley Davidson crap Buell. This is a totally independent bike made by Erik Buell outside of Harley Davidson.

timk

February 18, 2014 6:01 PM
Last Edited 208 days ago

JimmyTheRealOne: What's wrong with the EBR bikes? Wake up guys, you're not in AMA anymore :-P

The same thing that is always wrong with them -- they're dogs. The fans of the marque have the biggest excuse book in racing, but the fact is that the only time a Buell has ever won anything was when the AMA allowed them to race their literbikes against everyone else's 600's. And even then they didn't dominate -- they just barely won. You will never see an EBR on a WSBK podium.

timk

February 19, 2014 12:10 AM

An EBR update from another site provides this bit of data: "Marco Melandri's Aprilia was fastest on the gun today at Phillip Island at 199 mph while EBR rider Geoff May was clocked at 174 mph and Yates' reading was 169 mph."

Yeah, I don't think more development time or better riders is going to bridge that gap. These new Buell racebikes, like all that came before them, are simply not up to the task.

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