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post #1 of 108 Old 02-03-2019, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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I know testing weeks are not the tell all of how the season will go, but this is pretty dominant. Wish I could find out if they had their (fastest bike on the track, let's make it a more even for all the feild) REV limiter. Does anyone know?
Even Haslam's forth place time is reason for excitement in my eyes and shows promise.


Jonathan Rea – KRT 1’40.855
Alex Lowes – PATA Yamaha +0.959
Alvaro Bautista – Aruba Ducati +1.079
Leon Haslam – KRT +1.289
Michael van der Mark – PATA Yamaha +1.336
Tom Sykes – BMW Motorrad +1.391
Sandro Cortese – GRT Yamaha +1.614
Marco Melandri – GRT Yamaha +1.652
Toprak Razgatlioglu – Puccetti Kawasaki +1.682
10. Markus Reiterberger – BMW Motorrad +2.291
11. Chaz Davies – Aruba Ducati +2.506
12. Michael Rinaldi – Barni Ducati +2.979
13. Eugene Laverty – Go Eleven Ducati +3.095
14. Alessandro Delbianco – Althea Honda +4.030
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Rea will likely run away with it again. Best rider, most developed bike, Kawi the only manufacturer investing MotoGP level money in WSBK (Not being in MotoGP helps). It's the only total package on the grid. Ducati has stepped up their effort and investment but I think it will take time to develop the Pani V4. Same goes for the new S1000RR. Yamaha is still way down on power, and I don't think they've solved their tire degradation issues. The Honda was already obsolete when it came out, so even though they have HRC backing I doubt they will do much until they have a new bike.

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At the Monza SBK event in 2013 the KRT guys quoted me a horsepower figure of "...240, or a bit more!" The SBKs have all been detuned a lot since then.

Dorna contributed mightily to the predictable results of recent years by pointedly handicapping the Aprilia RSV4. They disallowed the use of features found on the stock bike such as the cassette transmission, adjustable engine position and chassis geometry. That really hurt the bike and discouraged its manufacturer.
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It's a little strange that the manufacturers collectively allow Dorna to continue taking away technical advancements and innovations. Let's push the GO button on progress, guys! Quit letting midgets in white shirts push you around, you guys own the equipment after all!
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They probably are going to do like nascar and make it so everybody is running together, more wrecks and damage, nascar is going down hill fast

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Over on the Ducati forum they are talking about the new Honda V4 coming out that Honda hopes will help them compete again. Honda has been pretty much out of the supersport game for 15-20 years and I almost doubt they can pull anything together though.

They supposedly created it to compete with the Ducati V4R.

Rah rah for MotoGP machines, but for production based bikes, these days Honda is the bike you pick if you want to lose. I can't even remember the last time I saw a CBR at a CCS race event.
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MCN in England has been predicting a V-4 Honda superbike.

For the last 20 years.
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post #9 of 108 Old 02-04-2019, 01:20 AM
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To me the most striking point in the testing times is the 3rd spot for the Panigale V4R. The Kawasaki, like pointed out, is a finely honed bike and team but for Ducati to be up there underlines the potential in the spanking new V4R. Ducati has always built their race bikes in a significantly different way to their competitors, be it in WSBK or MotoGP. Their time in MotoGP with the V4 configuration has shaped their latest WSBK challenger, the Panigale V4. In MotoGP their time certainly has come. I think in WSBK the Panigale will emerge as a championship contender within a couple of years.

I’m excited for the ‘19 season, both MotoGP and WSBK. In the former, it’s the Yamaha I worry about, whether they’ve resolved the excessive rear wheel spin upon corner exit. Time is not on Vale’s side. Want and wish for one last hurrah for the legend.
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post #10 of 108 Old 02-04-2019, 01:32 AM
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Love seeing the competition. I think the biggest problem for the fans, myself included, is how to watch my favorite sport. BEIN is no longer available on Comcast, which means I have to drop extra cash to watch through streaming directly from WSBK or MotoGP...weak! That's an extra $150 or so for each.
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