2013 WSBK No-Spoiler Catch-All Thread

Discussion in 'Racing' started by yooperbikemike, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. yooperbikemike

    yooperbikemike high, wide and handsome

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    Greg White says that Geoff May will ride a factory EBR in WSBK next year. 2d rider to be named. No word yet if the bike will be SBK or EVO spec.
  2. DogBoy

    DogBoy Not a Gnarly Adventurer

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    Cool. Big week for EBR.
  3. Kropotkin

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    The homologation question remains.

    They need to sell 500 units by June 30th next year, 1000 by the end of 2014, and 2000 a year later. Aprilia have struggled to make the homologation totals for the RSV4, how will EBR manage?
  4. Clem Kevin

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    Hopefully racing on the world stage will be a good contribution to the company's marketing.
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    DogBoy Not a Gnarly Adventurer

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    EBR introduced a $20,000 version of their EBR1190RS today. Maybe they can move enough of those? I can see Aprilia having a problem. Does Ducati sell enough of the $30,000 Paginale R models to qualify?
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    Kropotkin Big Girl's Blouse

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    Ducati shift loads of Panigales, it's one of their biggest sellers, and one of the best selling sports bikes available. RSV4 - the championship winning RSV4 - barely sells at all. Paddock rumor suggests that Aprilia never actually sold sufficient RSV4s to be homologated...
  7. TTTom

    TTTom some guy on a bike

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    Great quote from Troy Corser that I think illuminates the future of WorldSBK. He's forming a new team to race a pair of Evo BMWs next year:

    "I have a five-year plan," Corser said. "With a budget of 3 million euros per season, you can have two riders and you can play the game when all the bikes will be the Evo."
  8. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Tire Squarerer

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    The racing annals are full of sanctioning bodies turning a blind eye to manufacturers' thin sales numbers. As long as it results in strong, interesting grids, so be it.
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    DogBoy Not a Gnarly Adventurer

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    I'm wondering specifically about the Paginale S model?* Isn't that the bike homologated for WSBK? I wouldn't be surprised by the base model meeting those numbers but its seems like big numbers for a $30K bike which must cost appreciably more in other markets. Guess I need to read the WSBK regs and see how specific they are about the model.

    Edit. I mean the Paginale "R" model as state earlier.
  10. mdubya

    mdubya Right Brigade

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    It used to be they only needed to produce X numbers of bike, not actually sell.

    Buell is 49.xx% owned by Hero. If they want to produce enough bikes, they are in the game. Hero has some rather lofty goals for a sportbike in a declining market and a tough economy.

    Buell needs to do away with the goofy front brake if they ever plan to be seriously.

    Ducati produces enough "R" models for homologation. Sales is a different story.
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    DogBoy Not a Gnarly Adventurer

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    Thanks for correcting me. I was also referring to the "R" model in my second post.
  12. yooperbikemike

    yooperbikemike high, wide and handsome

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    And he's 41.
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    Ducati TT claims another career.
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    Shocking. :lol3
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    :wink:
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    I am wondering if even Gigi can pull Ducati's head out of their ass.

    I truly hope so, but I am very skeptical. VERY.
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    Aww man. I love Carlos. I wish he had retired his last winning season instead of dealing with this horrible year as his last.
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    So to be taken seriously in a market glutted with a bunch of "me too" bikes, they should become one too. Motorcyclists, so rebel they can't consider anything out of the norm as viable. :rolleyes It's a wonder that today motorcycles have fuel injection, disk brakes, and other such oddities. Heck, that goofy thing rear suspension. Yeah, that'll never be taken seriously. :fpalm