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Laverty: Strongest riders could leave WSBK in 2014

"Next year is an extremely important one for both WSBK and MotoGP riders as 2014 could see the strongest riders placed in the top class and the rest left behind" - Eugene Laverty.
Eugene Laverty fears that 2013 could be the last big season for the World Superbike Championship.

With Dorna taking over control of both MotoGP and WSBK, Laverty is among those who feel that WSBK could be relegated to a clear secondary role - with the strongest riders migrating to MotoGP.

Reflecting on this year's three-way title fight, decided in Factory Aprilia team-mate Max Biaggi's favour by just half a point, Laverty wrote in his latest blog entry:

"Half a point between Max and Tom [Sykes] after nine months of racing is incredible.

"Infront did a great job with the championship this season and it'll go down as one of the most exciting years in the history of World Superbike.

"Nine different race winners on five different makes of machinery is a stat unrivalled by any other championship around.

"Looking ahead to next season I think it's going to be another great year for the championship, however that may not last much further than 2013 following the recent announcement of the running of the championship.

"Next year is an extremely important one for both WSBK and MotoGP riders as 2014 could see the strongest riders placed in the top class and the rest left behind.

"Never has there been a more important time to shine."

Dorna is planning major cost-cutting changes for MotoGP in 2014, with a similar technical shake-up now expected in WSBK, as attempts are made to create a clearer distinction between the two Championships.




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zuzu - Unregistered

November 02, 2012 2:55 PM

The one rule I'd like to see gone is the single bike rule, I don't see it as a money saver. Also if they go to non-stop racing (pit stops) it would be safer to have another bike rather than switching tires.

Silver Bullet - Unregistered

November 02, 2012 4:07 PM

@ Wolfy Where is your proof that WSBK costs have spiraled? WSBK rules are pretty close to perfect at the moment. No one manufacturer has any clear advantage over others. Big money factory teams aren't able to simply outspend the others for wins. How many times this season didnt privateers beat the factory teams? Customer bikes are also very capable of winning races, & even independent underdeveloped bikes like the Pedercini Kawa's were competitive in the right hands. CRT's are racing in a class they have zero chance of winning. Their budget's could be $10 or $10 billion & it wouldnt change a thing. The biggest difference between WSBK & BSB team budgets is travel, accommodation & logistics. The equipment & personnel costs are similar. BSB is losing as many big teams as it is getting. It's no better off for "Evo" rules than it was before.



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