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The long winter break from racing is almost over, as the 2016 World Superbike season will kick off in just over a week in Australia at the beautiful Phillip Island circuit. Jonathan Rea took the 2015 championship – his first world title – in convincing fashion, and with a new Kawasaki ZX-10R at his disposal, he looks to be a favorite to defend his title.

However, a lot of changes have taken place since the end of last season, which leads us to our topic of discussion: Our Top 10 Talking Points for the 2016 World Superbike Season. New riders have joined the series, the old guard have another year of experience under their belts, and a familiar manufacturer is making a return. What’s going to happen this season? Let’s talk about it.

  • Old MOron

    So Trizz, lot’s of good talking points here. I didn’t know of all the teams and riders coming over from Moto GP and Moto 2. It’s hard to be privateer in Grand Prix. I hope they have more favorable odds in WSBK.

    Speaking of people coming over from Moto GP, I hope you’re right about Nicky and Laguna Seca. I saw him win there in Moto GP. But he and VDMark will be sitting on a nail this year. Honda hasn’t updated the Fireblade since when?

    The new R1 didn’t fare particularly well in the MOronic shootout. Did it? Of course WSBK and the production bike have little in common. I hope the bike works well for Guinters. I’ve always like him. I maintain a subscription to motogp.com, and I remember years ago they did interviews with all the riders, asking them to describe themselves. Guinters was the only one who considered himself lucky. I thought that was a genuine perspective.

    • TroySiahaan

      I was also at Laguna when Nicky first won there in MotoGP. Definitely a cool memory of mine. I know even my pole position prediction for him was optimistic, but a boy can dream, ya’know? As for the Fireblade, if memory serves me correctly I think it was last updated in 1964.

      I think Yamaha is in a good position right now. They have good riders, and being the first year with the new R1, mediocre results will be attributed to learning the ropes, and good results will just be a bonus. The pressure will be on Yamaha next year, though.

  • Old MOron

    The Hondas are surprising me at the PI test. Or maybe it’s not the Hondas, but their riders, Nicky and VDM.

    • TroySiahaan

      Definitely the riders, not the bike.

      • Old MOron

        Sheesh, young VDM put in a good run last night. Maybe Nicky, in his wisdom, doesn’t want to take too much risk right from the beginning. We’ll see how race two goes.

      • Old MOron

        Wow, two podia in two races. VDM is showing some sack. PI is a special track, though.