Bike racing isn’t what it used to be
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.