I can see clearly now the tur­key has gone...

Motorcycle News (UK) - - THIS WEEK - ANDY CAL­TON

The Christ­mas fug is clear­ing... slowly al­low­ing hopes and dreams for 2017 to form.

Is it too much to see track­ers and cen­tre­stands fit­ted to bikes as stan­dard (at no ex­tra cost) to help ex­plain, jus­tify even, the es­ti­mated av­er­age price hike on new bikes of 5%?

Let us pray that World Su­per­bikes gets EVEN MORE in­ter­est­ing. The Honda Fire­blade must be bril­liant and Nicky Hay­den will get amongst the green mea­nies. Maybe Ste­fan Bradl will re­mem­ber how to ride. And, of course, the bonkers grid system for race two – fin­ish first, start next race ninth – is scrapped af­ter rid­ers re­volt at such con­trived non­sense.

Calls for Cal Crutchlow to stand in for an in­jured Dani Pe­drosa (who hurts his hand a bit af­ter the open­ing round) in an un­for­tu­nate ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing chop sticks and a too-hard for­tune cookie are acted upon. Cal goes on to be­come a thorn in the reg­u­lar fac­tory rid­ers’ sides.

And the Govern­ment has a mo­ment of clar­ity and RE­ALLY sees the ben­e­fits of bikes, drops its plan to charge us £12.50 for en­ter­ing Lon­don (ob­ject now at mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com/ulez) and fills car park­ing spa­ces with se­cure (locks and rail­ings) bike ar­eas... with CCTV, of course. Oh, and if Casey Stoner could ap­pear in I’m a Celebrity... that’d be great!

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