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Old 25 Feb 2018, 07:30 (Ref:3803752)   #16
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Marco Melandri looking like world champion material again
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Old 25 Feb 2018, 17:26 (Ref:3803843)   #17
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Another action packed race at Phillip Island! http://resources.worldsbk.com/files/...d5751fd79112ed.

Great to see Fores on the podium, and Camier on Honda and Lowes and van der Mark on Yamahas not far behind.
Agreed, that second race was brilliant, all except Davies coming a cropper after the compulsory tyre change. The performance of all the top team augers well for an interesting season. I can only imagine how good the scrap at the front would have been at the end had we not lost the other Ducati.
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Old 25 Feb 2018, 18:49 (Ref:3803862)   #18
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two good races
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Old 9 Mar 2018, 18:42 (Ref:3807128)   #19
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I caught up with the races today and while I enjoyed them overall, we've been here before i.e. Phillip Island producing fantastic racing only for the rest of the season to be somewhat of a letdown in terms of sheer competition. I'm not getting carried away just yet.

I'm not sure what to make of the raft of new regulations; essentially, BoP (whisper it) has come to WSBK. It seems the age of purist motorsport is well and truly dead and buried - when it comes to the major categories at any rate. I can't think of any major racing series where the need to attract diverse entrants by attempting to force a level playing field hasn't trumped the purity of motorsport. I've come to accept it over the years but it's a double-edged sword: you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't.

My only persisting issue with it is that it can get silly and lack of transparency sometimes means one is never quite sure how level the playing field really is. Is what we're watching reality or a fudge?

Anyway, what about the tyre issues? I don't get Pirelli as a corporate entity. I never have. They seem to go out of their way to give the impression of dare I say it, incompetence or ineptitude. How many times can one corporation (the motorsport tyre division at any rate) claim exceptional unforeseen circumstances? Whatever happened to systems thinking/systems approach/systems engineering? Perhaps I'm being overly critical and the situation was really unforeseen this year, maybe tyres are required to made and shipped way in advance in which case they take guesses which sometime fail to meet expectation. It just feels like, it's always them.
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Old 10 Mar 2018, 02:24 (Ref:3807178)   #20
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I hear you, but Bridgestone had similar issues in 2013 and ran for cover : in consultation with Dorna they split the race into two club-distance sprints. If you recall, Mraquez was disqualified after running a lap too far in the first stanza. We were asking then, has nobody been down to the Island for a bit of pre-season testing to see which compounds/profiles will be best suited ? I can't believe PI is incredibly abrasive, or if so, that it's such a surprise every year.
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Old 10 Mar 2018, 04:21 (Ref:3807182)   #21
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they did testing at Philip Island just a week or so before the season.
maybe the weather conditions were much different for the races?
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Old 10 Mar 2018, 12:09 (Ref:3807231)   #22
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Seems we're in for a good season if the first races are anything to go by, yes Rea had problems in the first race, but what a finish in the second race, shows he's not going to have it easy this season.
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Old 26 Mar 2018, 11:15 (Ref:3810886)   #23
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A podium in Thailand without Kawasaki (race 2); who would have predicted that?!

Good to see the Yamaha bikes on the podium in Thailand... and Davies back in winning form
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Old 26 Mar 2018, 16:09 (Ref:3810976)   #24
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Great racing, great competition and pretty unpredictable, what more could you ask? In total contrast to F1, Superbikes both British and World along with Motogp is probably the most entertaining motor sport to watch.
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Old 28 Mar 2018, 10:17 (Ref:3811452)   #25
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What a great couple of races. What was up with Rea in race 2? It's good for the championship that he's not as invincible as the previous seasons. Good to see the Yamahas up there. Hopefully the rest of the season will be as good as the two meetings so far
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Old 15 Apr 2018, 17:52 (Ref:3815794)   #26
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Another good race weekend in SBK, but I wish the gap up to the factory Kawasaki and Ducati bikes was smaller.
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Old 15 Apr 2018, 17:56 (Ref:3815795)   #27
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Fantastic Superbike debut by Rinaldi on the Ducati; 8th in R1 and 7th in R2.
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Fantastic Superbike debut by Rinaldi on the Ducati; 8th in R1 and 7th in R2.
Very good debut and pretty good racing over the weekend. The headlines might mention familiar winners but that doesn't really tell the full story of the racing action. Sad to see Camier get injured like that. Get well soon Leon and of course, Eugene Laverty.
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Just caught up with the Aragon races and what a great circuit it is although I couldn't spot too many spectators which considering the recent performance of Xavi Fores is somewhat of a surprise. Rea had to really fight for that first race win and what a superb battle in the second race with a deserved win for Chaz. As above, pretty impressive performance by Rinaldi and the Yamahas of VderM and Lowes are nearly there but not quite. What on earth is going on Sykes? appalling start in race 2 and way off the pace as well.

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Old 18 Apr 2018, 11:21 (Ref:3816329)   #30
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Yes, some great racing throughout and glad no one was hurt in that R1 incident. Rea and Davies deserved their wins and this season the competition between Rea and the rest is thankfully a lot closer
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