Jeremy McWilliams - Q&A

With the patchy conditions they ran at the North West it was the wise thing to do. Luckily I was able to do it without putting everything on the line and still pull the win off. I was pretty lucky, as I've got plenty of experience with the conditions when they aren't favourable.
There has been a lot of speculation over the future of the World Superbike championship as a whole and what direction Dorna will take with the new regulations. What measures do you think will be introduced?

Jeremy McWilliams:
I've heard lots of rumours but I've seen nothing concrete, just some suggestions. My primary concern is what they are going to do with Supersport. If there are cost saving measures to be had then of course they'll be welcomed but they have to be realistic cost saving measures.

You can't just cut the budget by a quarter and expect the competition to be as good as it is currently. The racing in World Superbikes is as good as MotoGP right now but we're all waiting to see where they go with it.
From your experience of running the team this year, are cost cutting measures necessary in Supersport?

Jeremy McWilliams:
The overall cost in this team is a little bit too high for what it should be just for Supersport 600 machines. The majority of the budget is spent on logistics, not the bikes.
The bikes cost a certain amount of money, as do electronics, the refreshments to keep the engines right. I don't see what you can do with the bikes unless you get rid of electronics altogether and even then it's only 15 grand saving.

The cost is what you see right here [in the garage]: These guys working, the dyno testing, workshop time, the time getting from the workshop to the track, and the flyaways are ridiculously expensive. Unless the organisers can help us in some way with that I don't really see how they can cut the budget.
Do you feel introducing more 'control' elements to any of the classes would benefit saving measures or the spectacle? Like limiting the use of electronics for example?

Jeremy McWilliams:
We wouldn't mind. We have a Motec system with a very good data engineer. He doesn't cost the earth to have here and he has a realistic wage. We bought the Motec system second hand with the bikes and you can see it works very well. We can use this electronics system for three years.

If you're talking about going to a control ECU, I'm not saying I'm against it but it would have to work with every team and manufacturer. It hasn't been tried or tested in Supersport. The wise thing to do would be to do away with the electronics system, like they do in BSB.

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Andrew Fillingham

July 05, 2013 6:52 AM

Hello Crash, I enjoyed the interview with Jeremy McWilliams, but I didn't enjoy the same video cutting in every time I started a new page. It's been tiresome, now it's just getting beyond a joke. It goes like this ...Start page one - then totally unrelated sport video cuts in - have to move mouse to pause the video - start reading the same page again, start page 2 - same video cuts in again - have to move mouse again to pause the video - start reading page 2 again, start page 3 - same video cuts in again - have to move mouse AGAIN....can you see the pattern of increasing annoyance here? Why do you think that alienating your readers by forcing videos of different sports on them is a good idea? Please just stop it NOW! Why not just lets us select to watch videos of our own choice? I fully expect you to delete this post, censorship of offensive posts is understandable, but criticism of yourselves is unacceptable too? How about a vote of your readers on this matter?


July 05, 2013 6:30 PM

@Andrew I completely agree with you so liked your comment only for the page to refresh and have the video start all over again! I like to open several pages at once in a number of tabs, the result of which is multiple videos playing at once. It's just not acceptable. There are other revenue streams Crash should explore, I for one visit this site less and less nowadays and that is specifically due to these annoying videos.

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