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  • Reply to: WorldSBK Organizers Attempt To Inject Excitement By Manipulating Race 2 Grid   8 hours 42 min ago

    What about the safety aspect?  Uneccessarily putting the quick boys so far down the grid, forcing them to pick their way through (often) much slower bikes.  Nuts!

  • Reply to: WorldSBK Organizers Attempt To Inject Excitement By Manipulating Race 2 Grid   9 hours 5 min ago

    So they take the BSB idea of making the race 2 grid depend on race 1 results (best lap time) but misunderstand what was done and create a ridiculous, unsafe, joke of a plan instead.

    As above, this is a world championship not a club race. This kind of approach is just embarrassing.

  • Reply to: WorldSBK Organizers Attempt To Inject Excitement By Manipulating Race 2 Grid   12 hours 7 min ago

    Nail on the head David, Well done Sir.

    If riders start to play around to avoid 3rd place, (because as you point out 4th is better for race 2 grid), it could get very ugly. Visualise last lap scenario, first 2 have done a runner, got good speed, safely ahead, happy to take P9, P8 in race 2.

    Pack of 5 or 6 or more, dicing for the podium position, nose to tail, full speed on the straight towards the line. Then a genius decides, Oh hang on, 4th will be better for me tomorrow, I'll roll off just before the line and let 1 pass me.

    Vision is impaired normally when tucked down, nose to tail, in a freight train, or two wide in a pack. If someone in the lead shuts off, the following riders will have to react by swerving radically at the last moment to avoid the decellerating bike. Others behind will still be accelerating with the slipstream. This could set off a very nasty chain reaction at high speed, I fear.

    Stupid idea to consider at a professional level, let alone implement. This is a World Championship, not a junior mini bike club where you want the little slow kid to have a chance like the older kids. I cannot believe this was done by Administrators with history in the sport.

    Pole Position is the reward for ability, track knowledge, setup, courage ect. It gives you a clear start out front. Being put back to 9th for Sunday is a penalty, and also increases the chance of getting caught up in someone elses 1st corner mistake. Ie., Catalunya 2006. I honestly believe it is a poor decision for many reasons. Great article :)

  • Reply to: WorldSBK Organizers Attempt To Inject Excitement By Manipulating Race 2 Grid   12 hours 52 min ago

    Ever since they split the races onto two separate days, it's been frequently impossible for me to watch both.  I mean, some people have lives outside racing (you know, wives, kids, track days, rides with mates etc).  Now they're going to make the weekend totally incomprehensible?  Yeah, that should work.

  • Reply to: WorldSBK Organizers Attempt To Inject Excitement By Manipulating Race 2 Grid   13 hours 47 min ago

    I would like to see a different mix up for the WSBK series in 2017. Change the Saturday race to 4 sprint races of 8 (or so) laps with one full set tyre change during the 4 sprint races and a fast start process for 2nd to 4th sprints with 15 minutes between the end of one sprint to the start of the next.
    As for the points, a tally at the end of the 4 sprint races with the best finisher overall getting 25 points etc. Have the Sunday race start positions based on the results of the Saturday sprints.
    This would make an exciting 90 minute TV package with many opportunities for advertising breaks thus increasing revenue for the broadcasters and the sport.
    This current proposal is fun for club racing, but for an international event this is a joke.