WSB or­gan­is­ers want to see closer rac­ing but team bosses can’t agree on what changes should be made

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - WSB RE­PORTER

De­spite hav­ing the most ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able set of tech­ni­cal rules in its 30-year his­tory the World Su­per­bike pad­dock has be­come in­creas­ingly vo­cal and re­bel­lious at the dom­i­na­tion of the two main fac­tory ef­forts of Kawasaki and Du­cati.

So far in 2017 the two man­u­fac­tur­ers have won ev­ery one of the 14 races to date and such is their cur­rent su­pe­ri­or­ity that their four fac­tory rid­ers have locked out the podium in 12 of those 14 races.

One sig­nif­i­cant rule change cur­rently be­ing dis­cussed is that WSB fol­low in the foot­steps of both BSB and Mo­togp and in­tro­duce a con­trolled ECU in 2018.

Al­though it has been con­firmed that this op­tion is on the table, the de­tails of what this will ac­tu­ally en­tail are far from be­ing fi­nalised.

MCN spoke to all the main play­ers for their opin­ions on the ex­pected new rules and how it would work in WSB.

Daniel Car­rera, WSB Di­rec­tor, said: “The ECU is dif­fi­cult to con­firm. It is prob­a­ble but there are many hand­i­caps and many things that have to be eval­u­ated. If we have enough time to im­ple­ment it, the teams have enough time to test it. It is also not only the ECU. We are re­con­sid­er­ing all the tech­ni­cal rules. A sin­gle ECU is a pos­si­bil­ity.

“We are not happy with the gap be­tween Kawasaki/du­cati and the rest. So we would like to have a bet­ter com­pe­ti­tion where more peo­ple can be in the top po­si­tions. What we see is that we have a line, which is the Du­cati and Kawasaki. We ex­pected that this year the gap would be re­duced. We saw that they are not re­duc­ing the gap - they are still in­creas­ing the gap. So do we need to main­tain the level? Will the peo­ple be­hind be able to reach that level? And when they do, will the top ones have reached an­other level?

“What we are con­sid­er­ing is how to make it pos­si­ble that th­ese other peo­ple can reach it; can get closer.”

‘We would like to have bet­ter com­pe­ti­tion’ DANIEL CAR­RERA

Kawasaki and Du­cati are nor­mally found at the front of WSB

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