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If Dorna gets it they will kill WSBK or at least make it very second rate. They cannot have WSBK overshadowing MotoGP.... This is bad news...

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It's no small wonder since this year there has been a major "cash crisis" in WSBK. That's why the article says the real worth of the company is a good 40% below what Infront says and they are probably not too far off the mark.
While running a full season in WSBK is quite cheap for MotoGP standards (the Ducati Xerox team had a 6 million € budget in 2010... Rossi's salary alone, as well deserved as it is, is over twice that figure), development costs, which more often than not are covered by the manufacturers given the sophistication of present day bikes, have gone sky high. In case you haven't noticed Japanese bikes this year are well below par due to the lack of development originating from Japan and even BMW and Aprilia are making do with shrinking R&D budgets. The result is yet another Ducati snorefest which will only get worse next year as their new WSBK machine will be introduced, allowing them to close the only gap they currently have (top end power).
The reason DORNA has expressed interest is probably because the Claiming Rule Team (CRT) saga is already grinding to a halt. Out of the fabled "twelve teams which expressed interest" none turned up at Montmelò. The deadline has been extended to Silverstone but if they can get two single bike outfits they can consider themselves lucky.
 

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15 bikes started the last MotoGp event....

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They barely have 20 bikes on the grid now? And MotoGP is getting at least 9 MORE bikes next year so WSBK is all but dead and forgotten. Just like I predicted!:D

Dorna just wants to buy it so they can make the whining about going to 1000 cc's go away.
 

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They barely have 20 bikes on the grid now? And MotoGP is getting at least 9 MORE bikes next year so WSBK is all but dead and forgotten. Just like I predicted!:D

Dorna just wants to buy it so they can make the whining about going to 1000 cc's go away.
9 more? That seems like a stretch. More like 4 on the last thing I read.

And even if there were 9, the will be constant backmarkers if they are a new team and using a claiming engine. The CRT riders will not have a chance.
 

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9 more? That seems like a stretch. More like 4 on the last thing I read.

And even if there were 9, the will be constant backmarkers if they are a new team and using a claiming engine. The CRT riders will not have a chance.
On April 30th 2011, the FIM announced that 14 teams containing 21 riders, not currently participating in the MotoGP class, had been provided with terms and conditions for participation in 2012. Those teams were invited to confirm their interest and submit comprehensive details of their plans for participation to IRTA. The deadline was Saturday May 14th.

I believe 9 TEAMS were invited and 7 of them have paid their deposits so are "confirmed". It's unclear how many teams will field 2 riders but that's at least 7 riders confirmed and I believe I read that more than one team was prepared to field a two rider team. Hmmm, wonder where all these riders will come from? Certainly not all Moto2 riders?:confused:
 

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15 bikes started the last MotoGp event....

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And everyone was healthy for WSBK and they managed 20 riders. Yawn........! Did u see that Miller event? A complete joke! The attendance probably rivaled the Qatar round of MotoGP.:rolleyes: If you think WSBK is the future and "strong" like you claimed before then you just don't understand how numbers work. 30% decrease in field in 5 years isn't healthy.
 

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And everyone was healthy for WSBK and they managed 20 riders. Yawn........! Did u see that Miller event? A complete joke! The attendance probably rivaled the Qatar round of MotoGP.:rolleyes: If you think WSBK is the future and "strong" like you claimed before then you just don't understand how numbers work. 30% decrease in field in 5 years isn't healthy.
This is true, but I wouldn't use the USA as a primary factor in WSBK attendance example, with the USA being nowhere NEAR as sportbike mad as parts of Europe where much of this series is based/held.

Let's see Spain's attendance figures, for example...or Italy or UK.
 

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This is true, but I wouldn't use the USA as a primary factor in WSBK attendance example, with the USA being nowhere NEAR as sportbike mad as parts of Europe where much of this series is based/held.

Let's see Spain's attendance figures, for example...or Italy or UK.
Silverstone had a 3day attendance of 65k while MotoGP did RACE DAY attendance of 70,100 last year. Jerez MotoGP race pulls in 122k on raceday, and Brno pulls 148k. The Brno 3 day is probably over a quarter million people.:rolleyes:
 
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