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Hopefully the two series can coexist without too much problem. There should be some serious competition over the talent pool though.



Another thought, I wonder what Ducati and Aprilia(maybe Honda?) will think of allowing 1000cc in-line 4's into their V-twin party. I think Honda could switch over again relatively quickly, but for the two smaller Italian names, one who is in the GP's and one who is expressing interest, I wonder if they would continue to hold the same commitment to WSBK if they essentially had to switch to the in-line 4 configuration to remain competitive.



Here's hoping that the differences between the two styles of machines will be enough to keep good riders in each series... the more 2-wheeled sports the better.
 

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The officials have a real juggling act, I believe. It's not just the number of cylinders, though even that alone is difficult. It's interesting that AMA superbike has NOT been a parade of the twins, even though the rules aren't that much different from WSB; it doesn't take much to swing the results one way or the other, apparently. Presumably, the displacement spread can be made smaller, but a weight penalty applied to the 4's; it's not absolutely clear how that would work, though.



There are also the "production base" and homologation rules. Theoretically, one attraction of WSB and AMA SB has been the idea that the machines out on the track are sort of like the ones in the show room, and that someone with a heavy bank account can buy a race kit version (well, not a Honda RC45 or a Harley VTR1000, but even Honda has come around with their twin). With the new GP rules, it gets more tricky. It's now obvious to everyone that no dealer sells anything like a 500 cc, 200 horsepower, 4 cylinder 2 stroke in the show room. If SB tries to be more restrictive, they move toward the Supersport series, which may or may not be a bad thing. If they get a little looser, it's impossible to tell the difference from the new GP.



Anyhow, it will be interesting to see what they come up with.
 

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The key to the success of any racing series is to keep it interesting for the fans. With GP bikes being the highest level of engineering (2 or 4 stroke) the various factories can produce, WSB would (in my opinion) do well to be exceptionally strict as to changes that can be made to regular production bikes. This way there would be racing for those who enjoy watching unobtainable machines and racing for those of us who like to see "our" bikes on the track.

Imagine seeing a wsb bike race where the only mods to prod machines are readily available aftermarket pieces! Imagine, if the factories supported WSB, the direct improvements we, the 'road ridin' public would see in new bikes! This would be the ideal setup to me.

my two cents.

 
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