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March 31st, 2018, 08:14 PM   #1
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Smile motogp-wsbk merger.

Marquez, Rossi and Vinales, head-to-head with Rea, Davies and Camier

Dorna has this morning released details of its bold plan to combine MotoGP and WorldSBK into one championship to be known as Super MotoGP.

A press release issued by Dorna Sports this morning outlined details of how the two series will be merged and revealed the new-look championship will commence from 2019.

“We believe the best way forward for the sport is to combine our two motorcycle word championships into one mega-series to be called Super MotoGP,” a Dorna spokesperson said. “The factory-backed WorldSBK teams will be invited to join the MotoGP grid, from 2019 onwards.”

“The WSBK bikes have already shown they can lap at a competitive pace, so only minimal technical allowances will be required to bring them up to MotoGP speeds. We will not be slowing the MotoGP machines; they will remain our benchmark.”

Dorna also confirmed 2018 will be the swansong year the 600cc Supersport series, but not the riders.

“Supersport will no longer exist from 2019, but the top 10 riders from the 2018 championship will be offered a contract to race the Energica Ego electric bikes in the new Moto-e series. This is going to inject extra excitement into the remainder of the 2018 series as everyone fights for a top-ten position.”

Combining the two series will see Kawasaki return to MotoGP as a full factory team for the first time since 2008, while the Yamaha, Honda and Ducati WorlsSBK factory teams will be run separately to the Factory MotoGP teams. Sharing of technical information has not been ruled out, neither has the sharing of riders, which could see underperforming MotoGP riders moved to WorldSBK spec machines, vacating a MotoGP seat for their WSBK counterpart
















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April 1st, 2018, 02:31 AM   #2
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Its surprising the number of people who have fallen for this But then it was in the Australian MCN down unders version of More Crap News.
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When it said head to head ...... lol.
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They did it before.
It was called Open class and it was not pretty.

P.s. I saw the date.
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April fools?
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I was like, what????

Until I realised what day it was lol
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They did it before.
It was called Open class and it was not pretty.
You say that largely in jest, but as you know, you're right - it's pretty much what it was. The irony was that several years before the introduction of the open class, Peter Clifford's tricked up visionary WCM Harris project was a precursor to this but was ruled illegal by the FIM simply because it used R1 castings. In response to this, Clifford wrote to the FIM stating that all crankcases and indeed all motorcycle parts are made by"industrial production" (their point of contention) therefore, any cast engine will use castings of the crankcase, cylinder or cylinder head derived from the industrial production. I remember he ended the letter by saying. "Either all cast engines are legal or all are illegal. Please tell me which it is." He received no reply and his subsequent appeal was thrown out.

Less than a decade later, the CRT ruling was introduced which spawned the Open Class two years later and Povol pledged never to watch a MotoGP race again.

I did think that it was not only audacious but a very shrewd move by Ducati to switch to this though and adapt early to the restrictions imposed by a control ECU.
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Trans Atlantic if bought back would be the most amazing series ever !
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Trans Atlantic if bought back would be the most amazing series ever !
Agree - loved the Easter meets at Oulton and Mallory. My first opportunity to see the much vaunted graduates of American flat track.
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Could image marques Rossi rea Haslam burns and a few more racing round Alton park on production bikes
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