Great rid­ers, great for­mat…

Don't knock WSB, I've al­ready bought my Don­ing­ton tick­ets

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In re­sponse to Dave Lo­max’s let­ter (MCN Fe­bru­ary 10), I for one am look­ing for­ward to this year’s World Su­per­bike cham­pi­onship, and have al­ready snapped up tick­ets for Don­ing­ton Park. With Josh Brookes and Nicky Hay­den com­ing into the cham­pi­onship, I be­lieve the rider line-up is in the best shape it’s been for quite a while. And as for the race for­mat, I think it will be bet­ter. For the first time I’ve bought tick­ets for the whole week­end rather than just the one day, and the prices were rea­son­able too, plus I can get into the pad­dock free. You can’t get that in Mo­togp can you?

Wayne Scott, email

Ed: WSB is go! Turn to the sport sec­tion to see how Sykes, Rea and Co fared at the week­end in Phillip Is­land with the first of the Satur­day and Sun­day races

Stoner is a ge­nius

There are the good, the great and the ex­tra spe­cial. Last week I avidly watched Ron­nie O’sul­li­van com­pete in the Welsh open in the hope that he might pro­duce the ex­tra spe­cial, and he didn’t dis­ap­point. One black to pot to be on for a 147 max­i­mum break and he pots the pink in­stead be­cause he con­sid­ered a £10,000 prize de­risory for a max­i­mum break – fan­tas­tic. Now if Stoner only en­tered one race this sea­son and won, to my mind that would be ex­tra spe­cial.

Paul Bredael, Leigh

The grow­ing mo­bile men­ace

I use my bike to com­mute and ev­ery day I am see­ing an ev­er­in­creas­ing num­ber of driv­ers us­ing mo­biles at the wheel. Stud­ies prove that a per­son’s at­ten­tion lev­els while us­ing a mo­bile are on par with be­ing (ap­prox­i­mately) 2.5 times over the drink drive limit. This be­ing the case, change the pun­ish­ment to be the same as that for drink-driv­ing and im­pose a 12-month ban. I don’t want to be a statis­tic of mo­bile phone us­age – I just want to ride.

Tim Mckay, email

Pol­icy made for two?

If you carry a pil­lion, even if it is only oc­ca­sion­ally, I strongly sug­gest you con­tact your in­sur­ers to check you have cover. I have been rid­ing around on my Sprint ST for the last 10 years be­liev­ing I had cover for a pil­lion. It turns out I hadn’t ever had cover. I have rid­den all over Europe, to the TT, Ire­land, Scot­land etc with my wife as a pil­lion and the thought of what might’ve hap­pened hor­ri­fies me.

Peter Wil­liams, email

Bang 'em up!

Great fea­ture on pre­vent­ing thieves from get­ting your bike. I have bolted all my bikes down but my fi­nal mea­sure is a crow scarer with a thin wire stretched across the garage low down by the door. If some­one trips over it, it pulls a pin and fires a blank car­tridge. The only prob­lem is you have to re­mem­ber that you have set it!

Stu­art Far­row, email

I’m in X7 heaven

Here’s my X7 which I have been re­build­ing over the win­ter – I owned X7s when I was 17 years old. Things went pear-shaped in Oc­to­ber when the steel works where I work closed and was torn be­tween sell­ing or con­tin­u­ing. Be­cause I started with just a frame, which was maybe the wrong way to go, I had to find ev­ery­thing. It has not been easy, but if you search hard enough there are peo­ple that will help. It has all been done on a very tight bud­get!

Mike, email

Cir­cuit of fails

In­stead of build­ing the Cir­cuit of Wales, why not just give £100k to ev­ery­one who lives in the Ebbw Vale re­gion? Cheaper and quicker.

Ge­orge Allen, email

Live ac­tion beats see­ing leathers

I read your let­ters page as usual and was sur­prised to see that your star let­ter from a Mr Mull­hol­land in­volved him ‘bundling his kids off to Lon­don’ to see Rossi’s leathers! My ad­vice would be to get your kids down to one of the BSB rounds this year. Never mind the leathers, get to see some great rac­ing from the main event and the bril­liant sup­port races for less than the price of a foot­ball match. My youngest son and I have taken in at least two rounds a year for the last seven or eight years. He’s just got his first bike which means we will be able to ride to Cad­well and Oul­ton. Can’t wait for the sea­son to start. By the way if you want to see peo­ple push­ing other rid­ers off their bikes don't go. You might be dis­ap­pointed!

Trevor Kemp, email

A Lon­don show of strength

I missed Mo­tor­cy­cle Live this year so was pleased to win tick­ets to the Ca­role Nash MCN Lon­don Show. Got there five min­utes be­fore the doors opened and was chomp­ing at the bit to get in. Straight over to the Tri­umph stand to suss out the new Street Twin. Was well im­pressed. Got the wife to sit on the back to see if it was comfy enough for her as well. Was just about to climb on the Amer­ica when we spied Foggy. Went over to say hello and ask if we could have a photo of him with our lass. No prob­lem, au­to­graph as well. Next to him was Charley Boor­man. Two of the nicest peo­ple you could wish to meet. The Moto Guzzis were worth a se­cond look, too.

Tony King, email

se­ries a rush of new tal­ent into the Top Brits to cheer on and there’s Josh Brookes bat­tling on the world stage will be a shot in the arm for WSB

Tidy job… Mike’s X7 restora­tion

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