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Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - GOR­DON RITCHIE WSB RE­PORTER

On pa­per, the fight at the front of the WSB class this year was sup­posed to in­volve Yamaha, Honda and Aprilia – not just Kawasaki and Du­cati.

But all that ‘on pa­per’ com­pet­i­tive­ness has been turned to ashes by the ef­forts of the two top teams, and their alien-level riders.

And all this against a back­drop of more stan­dard en­gine parts and no split throt­tle body trick­ery un­less they come on the stock bike.

The FIM and Dorna tech­nocrats have taken great care and ef­fort to make sure brakes, sus­pen­sion, tyres, elec­tron­ics and soft­ware are ac­ces­si­ble to all. But ar­guably the gap to the podium has never been big­ger than now.

Ex­pect rule changes of some kind again be­cause some are com­plain­ing that the top two have too much of an ad­van­tage.

Spec ECUS and soft­ware, like in BSB or even Mo­togp can’t be dis­counted, but seem un­likely. More likely is some form of man­u­fac­turer-by-man­u­fac­turer bal­anc­ing rules, rather than just twins and fours. Or some kind of ex­tra test­ing or greater en­gine al­lo­ca­tion for those bikes and teams that are strug­gling to reach podium level.

And it may not take any for­mal ac­tion from the non-podium teams to get things mov­ing, sim­ply be­cause Dorna – the series pro­mot­ers – will not want the same four riders and two man­u­fac­tur­ers hog­ging all the podi­ums, glory and TV time.

Watch this space...

‘We may see rules to equalise the field’

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