WSBK » Davies takes on Melandri at Imola

Chaz Davies misses the podium at Imola but picks up a pair of solid results to consolidate his fifth place in the overall standings.

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July 01, 2013 10:58 AM

It will take a little while but this guy will be challenging for the championship from day one next year and will have that bike setup for his liking before the end of this season.
Mark my words this guy will be champ. Go get them Chaz!!!!


July 01, 2013 6:56 PM

re: "Davies did have the satisfaction of challenging team-mate Marco Melandri for fourth place in race two, the Welshman just missing out after a final lap battle in which they almost swapped paint."

tsk tsk,you naughty boy. this is Italy, and both marco and his babealicious fiance are Italian. how dare you. LOL


July 02, 2013 10:07 AM
Last Edited 1037 days ago

The big issue for ALL riders and Teams next year on will be how Dorna's rule changes affect things. Instead of doing sensible stuff, Dorna seem intent on the same stuff thats made a dogs dinner out of MotoGP - and its ALL to try and keep the Factory's happy.

Factory's want to play with electronics, and threaten to stalk off in a huff if they don't get their way. So Dorna cave-in and instead of stuff that would really cut costs & make closer, fairer RACING, we'll get limited engines and 'CRT' type tier 2, and all the other over-complicated and ineffective rubbish.

I'm not the only one who thinks this - see the live chat with Tony Carter and Stuart Higgs on British Eurosport? Good stuff, and about time it was said! More please, & Dorna take note before you bury WSBK pandering to the Factory's!


July 02, 2013 1:07 PM
Last Edited 345 days ago

I couldnt agree more the problem with the factories istthat they use the wsbk and gp as a testing ground. They all will perform RnD with or without gp and wsbk.
However in terms of motorcycle racing all we need is motorcycles sponsors and event organisers and teams will go racing and the sponsors and money will still be there.
The rules at the moment are anticompetition when it comes to racing. I think we could all agree as motorcycle racing fans in general we'd still be interested at seeing the best riders in the world on superstock bikes with any tyres available to the public.
The way I see it BSB rules are among one of the better frameworks in place at the moment however to make it a true world championship WSBK needs to come to an agreement with the national series and have uniform rules such as ensuring that all the bikes have have the same tyres, ecu, suspension, brakes, and engine performance so that wilds cards who are guns at their home international circuit c


July 02, 2013 1:17 PM

can show their talent against the worlds best riders.

GP on the other hand the rules are just one band aid fix after another. I would like to see factory teams be banned as and sponsors align themselves with the best teams and riders not the best factory eg repsol. Production racing racers where the manufacturer has to lease at least/sell six bikes of the same spec would be best along with open tyre competition. Revolution not evolution is what is needed at the moment for GP cause any further rule changes such as engine limits is just crippling the competition at the moment.


July 02, 2013 4:38 PM

@ V4Poweeeer

Yes, absolutely. Fans have got to get past the brainwashing that factory participation is essential and that (MotoGP esp.) that the bikes have to be always faster and technically space-age. The rules in MGP and they are instigating for WSBK are destroying racing series just to keep the factories happy - madness.

As you say - if there is a chance to be truly competitive in a world series, then Teams will want to be in it, and sponsors will want to back those teams. The teams will use whatever motorcycle package and supplier that meets the criteria to race with, fans will tune in to watch the best racers in a competitive series, and TV Channels will want to broadcast it.

And none of this is reliant on factory teams - that's just a myth perpetuated by the factory's for their own benefit.

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