hat’s wrong with WSB?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

The lead­ing team [Kawasaki] doesn’t shell out €50m on Mo­togp, so they pour funds into the su­per­bike project. The other teams out there are hedg­ing their bets, shar­ing out a rac­ing bud­get – Yamaha is the ideal ex­am­ple. The GP team have spent heav­ily, try­ing to de­velop the M1 for two very dif­fer­ent riders, and the com­pany seem re­luc­tant to spend much on a se­ries they con­sider gives lit­tle back in sales or de­vel­op­ment.

How­ever, watch­ing the Suzuka 8-Hour it’s clear the R1 is a world­beater. With an extra push it could eas­ily take on the green ma­chines. Then, the se­ries would be­come more pop­u­lar, TV firms would get in­volved and we’d see Rea v Lowes. What a show! The fu­ture of WSB lays in the teams’ hands. A three-way ti­tle fight would draw the world back in, and I be­lieve Yamaha could reignite the se­ries. Ken Stretu, email

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