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Discussion in 'Racing' started by yooperbikemike, Nov 7, 2017.
Loris Baz to Althea BMW
So pumped they get to race at Brno.
Have WSBK stopped the nonsense with the race two grid shuffle?
I still think 2018 will be dominated by Kawasaki and Ducati, as both factories seem to be all in, but I see Yamaha making further improvements along with Aprilia. The others, not so much.
They still have the &#$@ grid reshuffle.
Leandro Mercado signs to ride a Kawasaki with a WSS team that is moving up to WSBK for 2018.
STK1000 phenom Toprak Razgatlioglu continues Puccetti Kawsaki Racing as he gets promoted to their sole WSBK rider for 2018. I'm excited about this. Toprak is a hell of a developing rider and he turned the fourth fastest time among several Superbike riders at a test after the Portimao round. Lots of potential there.
Wonder if he'll swing by and say hi to Tom.
Would be nice if the WSSP300 class was actually a world championship in 2018 instead of a European championship for another year. I've really enjoyed the racing the junior class has produced this season.
I don't have an issue with the grid shuffles between races as much as I do with the convoluted performance leveling regulations being introduced next season. I definitely welcomed the spec ECU and software introduced in MotoGP in 2016 but I think that production based racing should allow for proprietary electronics development for factories competing in the championship. Shifting more towards superstock regulations may be an easier solution with allowances for intake and exhaust changes, porting allowances with stock throttle bodies, valve train, reciprocating and rotating assemblies would help control costs. No frame modification allowances, stock swingarms and suspension components and stock IMU/ECU use would also lower costs. The factory teams would still have the upper hand in the electronics department but this way performance concessions could be more effective allowing lagging teams more engines and more engine modifications such as camshaft changes.
Anyway, I am glad to see Baz back in the paddock, even if it is on a BMW. I was holding out hope that he would end up on a machine capable of running with his old pal Sykes.
We'll never know, but it's possible that Baz could have enjoyed the success that is now Rea's had he not been so bone-headed when he was with Kawasaki, and stayed with them. Not saying he's a better rider than JR, but had he been a better team person he's talented enough that Kawasaki might have gone with him & Sykes and not signed JR. But egos are a powerful thing at top level professional sports, and especially so when young.
h/t to @Kropotkin
Possible news on PJ for 2018
So does anyone know anything about El Villicum? All I know is it's in Argentina...
WSBK loves their Brits. Hell Guintoli doesn’t have a ride and he was a series champion.
I'm not even sure construction is complete.
Also don't think it has received approval from FIM. (see above)
I'll presume sanction fee has already been paid for it to be on the schedule.
^^ Thanks for the link.
German site SPEEDWEEK is reporting that Bradl signed a MotoGP testing contract with Honda so Red Bull Honda WSBK has signed Jake Gagne.
Glad to hear we have another American to cheer for. Congrats to him.
Gagne is reason to renew my WSBK subscription. Maybe.
Feeling the same........
I still haven't seen any confirmation from any of the usual sources regarding Gagne signing with WSBK Honda team.
Would be nice to see an American in the series again, but I'll remain skeptical until I see something more in the way of confirmation.
That German link translates a bit wierd