Great riders, great format…
Don't knock WSB, I've already bought my Donington tickets
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!
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