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Old 07-31-2003, 07:34 PM   #1
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Default Re: Pirelli Named Exclusive Tire of WSBK for '04-'05!

Now the Ducati parade is full-blooded.
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Old 07-31-2003, 07:41 PM   #2
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Heh, maybe they should just spec Ducks too...
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Old 07-31-2003, 09:00 PM   #3
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Default Re: Pirelli Named Exclusive Tire of WSBK for '04-'05!

You gotta ask yourself who exactly is this good for.



Pirelli is Italian, right? Flammini is Italian, right?



The major manufacturers are pulling out because of this, right?



I'd say the only people to benefit from this will be Pirelli. How much ar Pirelli paying for this deal?



So whats in it for Flammini? I know what I think, but to say it might be considered libellous. Perhaps somebody ought to check if Flammini has suddenly got a new holiday villa
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Old 07-31-2003, 09:17 PM   #4
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Default Re: Pirelli Named Exclusive Tire of WSBK for '04-'05!

Fantastic for spectators - close racing guaranteed I reckon.

One less reason for one team/rider to get an advantage thats nothing to do with talent of the rider or team.

Lets hope there's not an 'A' spec and 'B' spec tire and that all teams given a spot on the grid get access to the same tyres, factory team or privateer.



Cant see how it can be a bad thing..
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Old 08-01-2003, 02:05 AM   #5
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Default Re: Pirelli Named Exclusive Tire of WSBK for '04-'05!

With all of the top-shelf talent moved to MotoGP, WSBK has been a real snoozer this year. Private and non-factory Ducati teams running against a factory Ducati team. There is no depth in the field.



With the death of Tobacco sponsorship, and now the elmination of tire sponsors. Who do they think is going to pay for this series? Why would you sponsor a team in WSBK?



Further, are we going to have to hear riders thank Pirelli in each press conference? haha

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Old 08-01-2003, 03:26 AM   #6
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This is bogus. Racing is about competition. Let the race teams decide what tire they need to use.

If you think that this will even out the competiion, due to everyone getting equall tires yuors deluded. Pirelli is still going to do what all the tire manufacturers do, give there best tires to the best teams. Everyone else will still get the B tires.

If the goal is to eliminate the two (or three) tiered system from the tire manufacturers, have all the tires supplied for a weekend placed in the control of WSB in a trailer, and as teams need tires they can get random tires picked from the pile supplied.

But then the same could be done with the bikes also.
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Old 08-01-2003, 04:18 AM   #7
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First restrictor plates, now everyone on the same tires.

All they have left is to straighten out those pesky curves and we'll see some real racing, just like nascar.

Odd how an Italian based racing series with an Italian publicity house and domination by an Italian brand bike would award an exclusive contract to an Italian based tire company.
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Old 08-01-2003, 04:57 AM   #8
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Default Re: Pirelli Named Exclusive Tire of WSBK for '04-'05!

Good idea, guys. They just eliminated virtually all wild card entries in Britain, Japan, and the U.S. There is no way Dunlop or Michelin are going to let their sponsored AMA/BSB/Japanese series riders compete in WSB using a competitor's tires. This will seriously hurt the series in each of those countries, since (especially at Laguna) that is one of the main reasons to go there- to watch our boys go up against the World Superbike riders. Now that can't happen.



Stick a fork in WSB, it's done. Bring on MotoGP!
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Old 08-01-2003, 07:03 AM   #9
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enough said
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Old 08-01-2003, 08:35 AM   #10
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D as in Ducatis. I can't see how this is good from a financial point of view. If you want no diversity and close races which fans will like. Unfortunately fan attendance doesn't really pay for things. Advertising and Sponsors do. Seems like WSB just eliminated at least 2 big sponsors. What about racers with contracts with Dunlop and Michelin?
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