2020 road racing line up

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AntG23985
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Michael Dunlop was photographed today testing a Buildbase Suzuki at Mallory Park, wonder what's gone on with the PBM Ducati job :?

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Ducati was so 2020...

He's a one-man phenomenon, can win TTs on pretty much anything. But he also doesn't feel beholden to any team and will pick whichever ride he thinks will do him best. For most professional road racers, 2020 is dead in the water, so they'll be looking at 2021 - he raced for Buildbase BMW a few years back (on Ryuchi Kiyonari's bike - I still have visions of him spitting his cornflakes out as he sees the pic in MCN) - he obviously likes the team, so he's looking at what they have.

I'm loving the idea of Michael D on a TT spec superbike at Mallory - did either of them get out of second gear? (I love Mallory, but it's got nice tarmac and no long straights, and apart from it's slightly twee britishness is about as far from the Mountain Circuit as you can get).

He looks somewhat imposing, but I pitted for someone at the TT a few years back, and we were the next box to him, he was brilliantly-relaxed with his crew and you could see him put them at their ease, and was in the beer tent buying them rounds afterwards.

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Well he's already won a TT on the GSXR-1000(Senior in 2017) that was a Hawk Racing bike too. I don't know what spec he was running at Mallory, it was him and Guintoli and the bikes had stock cans on, don't know whether that is to do with noise or what though.

I hope somebody does give the Ducati a go though, John McGuinness was impressed by it in Macau last November.

Also yeah one of the things I do like about Michael is his own way of doing things, races what he wants, for who he wants and when he wants. He is a nice fella too, gets a bit misunderstood though by some fans. Must be massive pressure living with the legacy of his family name though.

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Given Mallory is not exactly a horsepower circuit, I would guess that it was a stock engine (or close to) and development spec suspension to give Mickey D an idea of what the bike will be like. The mountain mile is about 2 miles of throttle-on-the-stop which you can't test anywhere apart from on the Island itself.

He could have simply been going out for a razz to keep his hand in.

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Dunlop was out on the Suzuki in the official BSB test at Donington last Tuesday too and apparently will be racing in the Superstock class at Donington BSB next weekend. So it looks like he's back with Hawk Racing.

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Will the race next weekend be in front of an audience?

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Fingernails wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:53 pm
Will the race next weekend be in front of an audience?
No. BSB is classed as an "elite" event and according to the government they can't have a crowd. Apparently you can go to club racing though, I believe Bemsee are allowed spectators at Cadwell next weekend.

Edit - but you can only go to spectate you're not allowed in the pit/paddock area.

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AntG23985 wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:57 pm
No. BSB is classed as an "elite" event and according to the government they can't have a crowd. Apparently you can go to club racing though, I believe Bemsee are allowed spectators at Cadwell next weekend.

Edit - but you can only go to spectate you're not allowed in the pit/paddock area.
Thanks. I must admit that in the current situation I don't agree with spectators being allowed at events that will draw a big crowd. I appreciate, however, that they have found methods of racing that seem to work in the current environment.

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When I've been club racing, the spectators can get into the tens, maybe hundreds. If you take out the peeps who are there as pitcrew/people who drink all your beer and tell you that you are slow, then I'm not sure many people actually pay good money on the door.

BEMSEE are the bigger end of things, but you are talking a few thousand on the best day ever, spread all over the circuit.

Alas the glory days of non-championship races drawing thousands evaporated like Brut on a hot day...

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