2014 WSBK No-Spoiler Catch-All Thread

Discussion in 'Racing' started by yooperbikemike, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. yooperbikemike

    yooperbikemike high, wide and handsome

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    Errr, so he will be the #1 rider, and Josh Brooks will be #2??
    How does that work? (And how much did Hopper pay for the ride?):wink:
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  3. yooperbikemike

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    Brookes is rumored to going to Milwaukee Yamaha
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    RRW dismisses a rumor

    I wasn't aware of Hayes being at Motegi, nor the subsequent rumor about a new Yamaha WSBK program. :dunno And anyway, Hayes says the rumor is bunk. So I should believe him when he suggests he flew all the way to Japan to hang with his buddy, right?
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    Fair enough. Surprised!
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  6. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    Hopkins was a big draw for BSB and the championship was epic; I can see why he'd want to come back, and why the series wants him back.
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  7. stk0308

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    Brookes has been making disgruntled noises all year about, what he precieved as, the performance gap from the Suzuki to everything else that was beating him. Going so far as to hint in a post race TV interview he thought they(everyone else?!?!) were cheating. I think he'll struggle just as much on the Yamaha. Especially if it really does require the special riding style Ellison says it does. Then again, Tommy Bridewell seems to be getting along fine with it :)
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  8. yooperbikemike

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    And Ellison has just been confirmed as moving to a Kawasaki team...
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  9. yooperbikemike

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    Eugene Laverty to Suzuki WSBK in 2014, MotoGP in 2015...
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    Risky. Hope it works out. He's a damn good rider, and nice bloke as well.
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    Real pity (for 2014), because the new Aprilia boss wanted to keep him, even with Melandri in.
    But hopefully it works out for EL he's a very good rider
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  12. yooperbikemike

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    Why on earth do they call hem the Grinner :D

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    ...but they need to find a new exhaust supplier:wink:
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    There isn't too much wrong with that Kawasaki, What the production spec versions are like may be different though....
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    They're very competitive in BSB which is a similar spec.
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    Ducati formally announces they will field an official factory team in WSBK for 2014
    http://ducati.com/news/ducati_announces_its_world_superbike_program_2014/2013/11/15/3012/index.do

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  19. DogBoy

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    IIRC, Ducati had farmed out the effort with less and less "factory" support over the last few years. Francis Batta ran the Ducati WSBK bikes last season with poor results and a lot finger pointing.

    For 2014, this new team will work right out of the Ducati Corse shops.
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  20. mdubya

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    It is all semantics.

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss (Marinelli). That is not necessarily a bad thing, either.
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