Bike rac­ing isn’t what it used to be

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - ANDY CALTON

Mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing never stands still – good job re­ally as that would be most bor­ing!

In a bid to serve up a crowd and TV au­di­ence-pleas­ing spec­ta­cle, se­ries own­ers are con­stantly try­ing to find ways to make the ac­tion more ac­ces­si­ble and more com­pelling. And, of course, more prof­itable.

The likes of Dorna (Mo­togp and WSB) and MSV (BSB) don’t just or­gan­ise races for the fun of it . Right now there are some ma­jor changes in the mo­tor­cy­cle mar­ket that are mak­ing race or­gan­is­ers ner­vous. The most press­ing is­sue seems to be the im­mi­nent ex­tinc­tion of the su­pers­port 600 road bike. While ru­mours of the class’s death may have been greatly ex­ag­ger­ated – some­one for­got to tell Yamaha – it does seem that the writ­ing is on the wall with piti­ful sales of the CBR, ZX-6R and GSX-R in re­cent years.

Al­ready there’s talk of a naked World Su­pers­port se­ries and BSB are ramp­ing up Su­pers­tock (full story, p66). With the em­pha­sis on mak­ing rac­ing cheaper and eas­ier for road rid­ers to re­late too, ex­pect more, rad­i­cal changes in WSB and BSB to be re­vealed soon.

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