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  • 2012 Brno WSBK Race Two: Exciting Duel In The Dry   3 years 6 weeks ago

    He missed out on the Tissot at Monza and won.

  • 2012 Brno WSBK Race Two: Exciting Duel In The Dry   3 years 6 weeks ago

    Loris clearly has a huge potential but what's a bit surprising to me is that he's almost equaling his STK1000 performances in WSBK.
    What I mean is that he wasn't setting the world on fire in STK1000, with a string of top6 finishes and 1 second place to his name, yet within a few races he could be regularly in WSBK top6 while clearly the riders level is not the same (as demonstrated by Badovini for example).
    I guess he was still finding his feet in STK1000 when he was drafted to WSBK in those unfortunate circumstances, I love the rider but still I'm amazed.

  • 2012 Brno WSBK Sunday Round Up: It Ain't Easy Being Green   3 years 6 weeks ago

    A 1m92 (6'3.6") rider in a world championship (never mind a successful one) is a rare view indeed!
    Check out this picture to feel the difference: http://www.gpone.com/images/ARCHIVIO/2012/Foto/SUPERBIKE/09_BRNO/podio_b...

  • Hector Barbera Breaks Leg In Training Crash, Out For Laguna Seca   3 years 6 weeks ago

    Somehow I don't think Yamaha would approve.....

  • 2012 Brno World Superbike And World Supersport Sunday Post-Race Press Releases   3 years 6 weeks ago

    If the race is red-flagged, I know that they have to go back to the last lap standings to determine positions. That's a clear and unarguable approach to resolving the race outcome.
    But awarding points to the rider who caused the crash????
    I have problems with that. A rider who causes a crash that results in a red flag should be excluded, IMHO.

  • Pramac Press Release: Hector Barbera Facing 4 To 6 Week Recovery Period   3 years 6 weeks ago

    I've always taken a liking to Hector - from his crazy, unpredictable days in the lower classes to him just trying to make it in MotoGP - hopefully he gets the chance to show everyone that his best is still to come either in MotoGP or WSBK

  • 2012 Brno WSBK Race Two: Exciting Duel In The Dry   3 years 6 weeks ago

    This weekend again highlighted everything that is great about the Superbike World Championship, and makes that other series of prima donnas seem rather lame. Melandri looks like he might even be able to cut it on an AMA miler, such was his pace into turn one late in the race, with the rear-end hanging out. And Tom Sykes! Well, at last his team seems to have found that little extra ingredient and doubtless this has also been good for Sykes' self-belief. Great riding from Carlos on a bike with a six kilogram handicap, not to mentioned a big bung in its intake system. So unfair. Remove the restrictors and equalise the weights. Take issue with Jared Earle re.: "Marco Melandri fought dirty with his BMW team mate Leon Haslam, showing him the edge of the tarmac, costing Haslam four places." Actually, Leon had been up to second (past Laverty), got passed back by Laverty then was a little wide when Melandri was driving hard up the hill. Melandri got the inside line, the two barely bumped but from then on Leon was out of it. Surprising really. Thought he'd have fought back. Perhaps he is dispirited by the BMW news. Will he be back with Suzuki in 2013? Meantime, fingers crossed for Tom Sykes at Silverstone. Perhaps if he misses out on the Tissot he will win a race? And Baz? Let's hope he qualifies better at Silverstone and gets away with the leading bunch. That could be interesting.

  • 2012 Brno WSBK Race One: Damp Conditions Don't Last   3 years 6 weeks ago

    Wait until you see race two. smiley

  • 2012 Brno WSBK Race Two: Exciting Duel In The Dry   3 years 6 weeks ago
    Baz

    A few of us have been singing his praises for a while, but today was an outstandingly mature ride from the kid. Kawasaki had a good day.

  • 2012 Brno WSBK Race One: Damp Conditions Don't Last   3 years 6 weeks ago

    Good to see the Kawi's putting up some good times. Granted they were damp conditions which seem to suit the bike well. But still, it seems Kawasaki is no longer the doormat they once were.

  • 2012 Brno WSBK Race Two: Exciting Duel In The Dry   3 years 6 weeks ago

    First double win for BMW (Melandri still the only rider to win on this bike) and a very strong showing from Kawasaki with Sykes finally able to battle for the win until the very last lap and Loris Baz improving every time he rides the green machine.
    It's only his 5th WSBK round and after scoring a podium with a bit of luck in race 1 he's already fighting with Laverty, Davies and Haslam ending 13 seconds from the win in race 2.

  • Hector Barbera Breaks Leg In Training Crash, Out For Laguna Seca   3 years 6 weeks ago

    Give it to Josh Hayes. At least he has some GP experience and did pretty darn good on it.

  • Hector Barbera Breaks Leg In Training Crash, Out For Laguna Seca   3 years 6 weeks ago

    There should be some way to allow guys like Redding to do a ride as a substitute without wrecking their Moto2 season. Maybe allowing the Moto2 guys to drop their three worst races and only count their best points? That way the next generation guys would be really well placed to get a wildcard ride if a MotoGP guy is out injured. It doesn't matter for guys like Marques, Luthi and Iannone who will clearly all end up in MotoGP within a couple of seasons, but I bet there are guys a couple of rows back in Moto2 who might never do as well in that formula as they might in the big league. Some of the guys put in to fulfil the teams' contractual obligations to field an entry have been a total joke. Or what about Dorna having a wildcard competition. The person who races in no more than three races out of the season and scores the highest points finish wins a funded CRT ride for next year?

  • Hector Barbera Breaks Leg In Training Crash, Out For Laguna Seca   3 years 6 weeks ago

    Pramac is apparantly having budget problems. So they probably do not mind skipping this one.

    But arent the bike and equipment shipped already? Cancelling hotel and airline tickets this late?

  • Hector Barbera Breaks Leg In Training Crash, Out For Laguna Seca   3 years 6 weeks ago

    Eslick is darn fast and I'd love to see him in Moto2 or WSS. Don't know if he's ready for an ubber crotchrocket though, his lines and braking markers would be so different I'm wondering what's a better deal...to have a rider that knows the Ducati GPxx on an unfamiliar track or someone who knows the track on an unfamiliar bike??? Anyway it'll be interesting, I remember Roger Hayden put the Kawasaki in 10th place(was it?) in Laguna a few years back, much better than BB or Duhamel when they got the nod, the only risk I see in putting Eslick in the Ducati is that one expensive bike might end up as a wall ornament somewhere around the track.

    About Rapp, I'd love to watch him collect some CRT scalps, I'm pretty sure he won't be dead last, provided he shows up with a decent bike. Everytime some old fart is sent harm's way, I cheer up, myself being a 40 something racer-wanabee.Hope he's in shape for what's coming!

  • Hector Barbera Breaks Leg In Training Crash, Out For Laguna Seca   3 years 6 weeks ago

    Put Bayliss on it - Ducati relationship, great rider, previous wildcard winner, not afraid of anything. He's the one I'd want

  • Hector Barbera Breaks Leg In Training Crash, Out For Laguna Seca   3 years 6 weeks ago

    Well, aside from coming up through dirt track and being a 2 time AMA DSB champ, the bike he is currently racing has no TC and makes 175hp in street trim. I don't think he'd make a fool of himself. :) I dare say he'd do better than Bostrom did on the Honda last year too. What a waste of a chance that was.

  • Hector Barbera Breaks Leg In Training Crash, Out For Laguna Seca   3 years 6 weeks ago

    Has he ever rode anything with 250BHP and carbon brakes?

  • Hector Barbera Breaks Leg In Training Crash, Out For Laguna Seca   3 years 6 weeks ago

    Danny Eslick. Come on, the boy's fast, fearless, and he's gonna be there anyway. ;) For cryin out loud we're gonna have Rapp running a wild card ride, a guy who hasn't been on the podium in I can't remember how long.............

    Let's face it, the kid's got some large huevos and he can handle a bike: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUWT7x66TZs

  • 2012 Brno WSBK Superpole Result   3 years 6 weeks ago

    BMW officials said earlier this month that they had little interest in MotoGP as it is now:

    http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2012/Jul/120702gbmw.htm

    ... but if rules change, they might consider it. Still, it's kind of hard to imagine the company doubling its involvement in motorcycle road racing. GPOne reported recently that BMW's tab for WSBK is $20 to $25 million Euros for 2012. Even if - by cutting down to two bikes instead of four and contracting the race program to BMW Italia - they free up half that money, that's not nearly enough to fund a MotoGP effort from scratch to match the Honda/Yamaha juggernaut. You're looking at additional tens of millions of Euros to go play in MotoGP.

    It will be interesting to say the least.

  • Hector Barbera Breaks Leg In Training Crash, Out For Laguna Seca   3 years 6 weeks ago

    Why there is so much fantasy that there is unknown rider ( some kind of dark knight) out there that will drive GP12 like some kind of good of Thunder?

    Even there is someone like Casey (and I am not sure that at this moment, with so much tire problems, with so much advancement from Yami and Honda ... even he would be capable to do something on top level with Duce), he will not put something worth mentioning in few race days.

    To make Duce go fast is one thing. To make Duce go fast through whole race is something totally different. We have all learn that. Duce is fast. Just not for the whole race. You need to be gentle with tires this days. And Duce is not gentle type.

    Give me a brake!

  • Hector Barbera Breaks Leg In Training Crash, Out For Laguna Seca   3 years 6 weeks ago

    Guintoli.

  • Hector Barbera Breaks Leg In Training Crash, Out For Laguna Seca   3 years 6 weeks ago

    I'd like to see what kind of numbers Kenny Noyes might be able to put up on the GP12 compared to the rest of the field.

  • 2012 Brno WSBK FP2 Result: Ducatis Of Giugliano And Checa Fastest   3 years 6 weeks ago

    ...... overtakes the master. #34 - #7

    Very concerned why Hopper is so of the pace.
    Its really not the bike.
    Watch at Suzuka during the 8hr. The Gixer will loose to the HARP HRC's [& no doubt the FCC HRC's but after all, Honda own Suzuka and like to win] but the Yoshi Suzuki's are not slow.

    I really dont want to see Hopper drop back to a domestic championship ( although he was brilliant in BSB ) as I really think he is a great talent then that.

    Still plenty of races for him to grab some decent numbers.

  • 2012 Brno WSBK Superpole Result   3 years 6 weeks ago

    If they do, they would be welcome. One would hope they would exhibit a more solid commitment than they did to F1, but one would be foolish to expect that, in my opinion. I've seen no sign that hard core racing is deeply embedded in BMW's DNA. If they enter MotoGP, I would expect it to be a passing fancy. Same as most non-Italian corporations other than Honda and Yamaha. But I would be very happy to be proven wrong over the coming years!!!

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