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The rules need to change for a couple of reasons - a) to allow a wider range of competitors with the opportunity to compete near the front - b) reduce costs of current SBK bikes and c) clear delineation between MotoGP and WSBK.
Buckmaster agrees that no privateers can run near the front in WSBK in the current format and the dwindling grid numbers hint that only manufacturers and well funded private bikes (with manufacturer backing) can enter WSBK.
Reducing costs can help lower the barriers to entry for private teams as well as allowing more wild cards to enter at local rounds and have a chance to be somewhat competitive.
Gordon, agreed that 1000cc bikes have got real fast over the last decade... current SBKs being 13k with a few tweaks is about 10% truth. Checa's 2011 bike was rumored to cost at least 150k Euros.