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’

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