Thundersport GB

I have just read the announcement of the creation of Thundersport GB (http://www.thundersportgb.com/) I am in two minds as to the Value of it. Firstly the involvement of Dave Stewart in any form of UK motorcycle sport is a good thing. Dave is the most honest and straight forward guy I’ve met. Not like some of the self serving pricks who seem to dominate motorcycle sport in the UK.

On the other hand we have the MRO series and having spent several seasons at MRO It certainly helps to raise the standard of riding. The question remains Do we need another series?

One other thing that does bother me slightly is the involvement of Motors TV. It’s great to have a televised series BUT how many people are going to watch it on Motors TV especially if the stick to their habit of airing programs at seemingly random times. TV coverage Good..Obscure TV coverage bad.  If i was approaching sponsors for funding telling them that the series was on Motors TV wouldn’t not have much of a pull.  On the other hand The series has to start somewhere.

I really do look forward to what dave has come up with and I hope it does live upto expectations. But i hope it’s not to the detriment of any other series or clubs.

 

Ducati and BSB Come To Their Senses

At last The management of British superbikes and Ducati Have come to their senses and reached an agreement that will allow Airwaves Ducati to compete in next seasons Series. Hot on the heels of that great bit of news comes the news that Airwaves Ducati will be running Shane "Shakey" Byrne and Leon Camier as their riders. I suspect the budget for crah damage will need to be increased significantly. Whatever happend it’s going to be exciting.

HM Plant Honda have also confirmed the signing of Cal Crutchlow as team mate to Leon Haslam once again this should lead to some exceitement. Crutchlows move to Honda has made a space available at Rizla suzuki that will be filled by Tom Sykes, I can’t help thinking that this is a bad move by Tom, i hope i am proved wrong.

Tom’s team mate will be japanese Superbike Champion Atsushi Watanabe, poor guy I can just hear jack Burnicle calling him Sushi Wannabe. (of course James Crackhead will just stick with calling him Leon) Things are shaping up nicely now and with the Honda Satellite ("b") Teams,Yamaha and Kawasaki still to finish naming their squads there could still be a few suprises.

An insider at Red Bull has revealed that following the sucess of the Red Bull Rookies Red Bull are considering starting a Red Bull "Has Beens" team. Look for Emmet and Rutter to be signed although they can expect competition from several sources.

 

Max Biaggi Stays in WSB

Max Biaggi has finally signed a deal to stay in world superbikes.

The press release states:

Italian Max Biaggi signed with the Sterilgarda Ducati team this afternoon, insuring that Biaggi will be in the 08 WSBK championship.

The Sterilgarda team ran Ruben Xaus, Marco Borciani (and for a brief period, Giovanni Bussei) in 2007 and their bikes were among the fastest in terms of top speed at the ultra-fast Monza.

Biaggi says he is happy to finally be on a Ducati and looks forward to testing.

 

It will be interesting to see how things go, Max has maintained all along that he wanted to be on a Ducati  but i suspect he meant he wanted to be on a Xerox factory ductai not a satellite team in the first year of development of a new bike. I predict fireworks and consternation in the Sterilgarda Garage.

 

Silly Season In full Swing

Yes the season must almost be over as the cabin fever already seems to be setting in. A few days ago max biaggi seemed set to rejoin Motogp on a Honda, but now the rumors seem to be that he’ll be on a factory Ducati being Run by GSE.  All this seems to be the product of an over zealous Biaggi PR person and possibly hints at desperation.

Another Rumor circulating is that Hawk Kawasaki won’t be running Kawasaki’s next year. I think this will be a mistake. I accept that they have had a hard year with a bike that was well off the pace  but you only need to look at how the motoGP bikes have performed this year to know that some of what they learned will filter down to WSB and BSB before the start of next season.

Finally I’ve been hearing reports that discussions between The BSB organisers and GSE are still on going. The latest reports i’ve recieved indicate that there is some considerable goal post moving coming from Ducati and that there may be more concession wanted not just related to the Pistons.

I must admid that i am a bit concerned that ducati feel that their standard pistons are not up to the stresses of racing..makes you wonder what will happen to road bike ridden with "Vigor" or taken on trackbikes. I have personal experience of just what a Poorly built ducati can be like and it’s not nice!

 

Provisional 2008 BSB Calendar

Last Week the BSB organisers released the calendar for next year.

Once again there are some breaks  in the schedule, Personally i would prefer the races to be spaced 2 weeks apart where possible. The only big change was Donnington and Silverstone swapping places and the apparant dropping of Mondello

Once again Mallory is included on the list. It really is about time that it was removed from the schedule until they can make the circuit safer and upto modern standards. Apart from the breakfasts mallory has very little to recommend it. Personally I love the Track and have had my best results there BUT it’s not suitable for modern high powered race bikes.

I remember talk about 10-15 years ago of them extending the track out into the countryside at the exit of gerards I wonder what ever happened to those plans.

22.23.24 March Snetterton – OFFICIAL TEST

04.05.06 April Brands Hatch (GP)

18.19.20 April Thruxton

03.04.05 May Oulton Park *

24.25.26 May Donington Park (GP) *

13.14.15 June Snetterton

27.28.29 June Mallory Park * *

18.19.20 July Oulton Park

08.09.10 August Knockhill

23.24.25 August Cadwell Park *

12.13.14 September Croft

26.27.28 September Silverstone (International)

10.11.12 October Brands Hatch (Indy)

BSB In Crisis?

The news that Brisitsh Superbike organisers have yet to agree a policy for allowing Ducati to run their 1098’s next year could lead to the most boring championship in years.

We all know that the Honda’s will be dominant but what of the competition?

Suzuki: Rizla suzuki will need to do something special to mount a challange, compare their performance to that of Yoshimura suzki in the states and you’ll see just how poor they were this year.

Yamaha: ..Oh dear! still not the force they should be  and running the R1 cup next year will probbaly stretch them even more

Kawasaki: The leat said the better about the Kwackers they need to get their fingers out and get something sorted for next year.

Come On BSB get Ducati in for next year and open the way for KTM, BMW and MV Agusta.