WSBK » Suzuki keen to retain Lowes, Laverty for 2015


Paul Denning says he would ideally like to exercise his option on Alex Lowes for the 2015 WSBK season and have Eugene Laverty stay too.

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reinmacre

July 31, 2014 3:54 PM

I believe AL22 has more upside than EL58. There's no denying Eugene's speed. Nine wins in 2013 WSBK confirms that. Here's the problem. Race wins are one thing, consistent finishes vs dnf's are another thing. Laverty has been on championship winning bikes but has failed to close the deal.

Alex is four years younger than Laverty. Lowes has for the most part, out performed his veteran teammate. His dnf's have been the result of being taken out by others and rookie exuberance. Lastly, AL22 has championship chops. Last year in BSB, Alex took down the alpha dog in Byrne and closed the deal when given the opportunity.

Vilas46

August 01, 2014 9:02 AM

Pakundo

You must be kidding with me..AHAHA Camier??? AHAHA WTF i dunno what this guys wach him Camier, 4sure because i miss BSB in is times i must had miss a lot because Camier can be a really good guy, he can be a magic one but if he dont manege to be the best when its really importante then is a waste of money just like any other.. $sure Laverty dont set the wrold on fire but He allready did stuff and prove that is more consistente more professinal then Camier, that Crash a lot is Aprilia, that never Won with he Gixxer i mean.. I got the feeling Camier is a licable guy like Nicky Hayden..ahahaha Thats why some people go Mad on there comments... I know iknow.. Camier i just other victim from this Evil Sistem that dont give oportunitis for who is more talent YEAH RIGTH

RSMick

July 31, 2014 7:44 PM

It was a riot on the GP campsite in them days.

How was Doohan making the racing boring, that was pure racing with no electronics according to you.
Typical British attitude Doohan clearing off and winning was boring but the same thing happening in WSB was great racing.

There was no-one more on the edge than Doohan on that 500 screamer.

TalentFan

July 31, 2014 5:47 PM

RSMick: Whatever you want to believe Mr Talentfan, that is what it was developed for and that is what the UK have been spouting for years "We like WSB because its relative to the bikes we can ride"

Trouble is they are nothing like them


Truth more like in WSBK heyday was simply that Mick Doohan was making GP's boring, Aprilia with their Honda-esque management and doimination made 250's pretty boring.... and WSBK had some great racing characters (not necessarily nice ones, but characters) and string racing rivalries with the likes of Foggy, Slight, Edwards, Haga, Chilli, Russell, Kocinski, etc. It was an absolute riot at the campsite and at the races at Donington in '95.

I know I sound like an old fart, but for sure those WSBK days seemed like a lot more fun, and a lot more 'on the edge'.


TalentFan

July 31, 2014 2:33 PM

.............

Ultimately I believe that the long-term success of any Racing Series will ultimately depend upon the quality of the Racing, as that attracts everything else which in its turn generates money.

Dorna need to realise this and act upon it. Its in their own best interests to do so if they want WSBK & MotoGP to be long-term earners and successes IMO.

TalentFan

July 31, 2014 2:31 PM

RSMick: Motogp promote the brand and develope, SBK is a showroom for the model.


Who says that's how it has to be? Anyway, if that were true no Sponsor who had anything to promote other than Motorcycles would be involved in motorcycle sport!

What do Snacks, Mobile Phones, Energy Drinks, Tools, even petrol have to do directly with any motorcycle model? Nothing.

ALL Sponsorship in Sporting Events is all about Brand Promotion. To say WSBK is just about being a Showroom for the Model is rubbish.

For sure Kawasaki want to promote the ZX10R. But they will be just as happy if the Kawasaki name gets a punter to walk into a showroom and buy their new 300cc Scooter.

If the quality of the WSBK Racing and Entertainment draws a mass audience, then there will always be Sponsors looking to be on board to promote their brand and products off the back of it - either through sponsorship or even by having a TV ad on in the commercial break in the programming.

Ultimately

TalentFan

July 31, 2014 7:15 AM

For sure as RSMick points out Sportsbikes are a dying breed. However that doesnt have to mean that a Superbike series is definitely doomed.

As usual theres the assumption that its the Superbike that is the Product ( so if they arent selling then neither can a race series that uses them ).

For 1 thing (for mfrs & sponsors) its their Brand they are promoting, not necessarily the model.
But the main thing is to recognise and nurture the Real Product. If Dorna want a successful WSBK series then they MUST provide Real, Entertaining, honest RACING.

Despite its uber everything MotoGP is failing massively in its true core Product also.

If Motorcycle Racing is to survive as a World Series with a global TV audience then it cannot depend purely on its value as a sales & marketing vehicle to the Mfrs. It needs to focus on its own Product, RACING.

Then there'll be good rides available to the Eugene's of this world. Dorna have been dismal at managing Motorcycle Racing so far.

locky

July 30, 2014 9:37 PM

A better team in WSB would be a wiser move than a poor team in Grand Prix-as Laverty is neither small or Spanish he would simply languish in the peloton with Dorna.
Money/business/politics is the key and sadly the clowns at Dorna are slowly strangling what was once a terrific sport.
Lowes is a great talent and will win in WSB, only question is the Suzuki setup-are they serious about the budget needed to win.
Denning seems to lead a charmed life-many years winning nothing in Grand Prix then off to WSB to win, er, nothing.

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