Ducati’s big boss Claudio Domenicali has been a regular face at recent WSB races and made the trip to Laguna for the launch of their new flagship Final Edition Panigale road bike (see page 4). MCN caught up with the Ducati supremo for his insight into WSB. He said: “How to make World Superbike great again is a very interesting debate. I think times are different. If we look back 15 years ago we had Troy Bayliss fighting with Colin Edwards in Imola. The bikes were superb prototypes and actually there was WSB on one side and 500GP on the other side. They were two completely different proposals.
“Motogp, starting in 2002, went four-stroke and then they started to become two championships which were more similar than they were before. WSB, from that point, was trying to find its own place. It was going more stock. Fifteen years ago there was much more freedom in tuning but it was much more expensive.
“Now you also have the same organisers of the championship. I am not sure there is the possibility to turn back the clock 15 years. I think WSB has to be for the real enthusiast and Motogp is more for people who do not know so much about bikes. I would like to see more manufacturers and more manufacturers being competitive.”
‘WSB is more for the real enthusiast’