Flammini interview

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Racing' started by Julian Bond, Jul 19, 2003.

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    Julian Bond Guest


    Apart from the spec tyres, he sounds almost sane.

    "Flammini spoke of the 2001 accord that was to signify the return of the
    factories to World Superbike in 2004 under rules the MSMA had generated.
    "All the manufacturers (were to) be seen in 2004," Mr. Maurizio Flammini
    said at the Laguna Seca press conference. "After three years, at the
    last meeting of the MSMA, they said 'We can guarantee only one Japanese
    manufacturer'. Ducati had already confirmed (their participation)," he
    said. "So what (then)? In the end, the organizers must guarantee to the
    FIM, to the public, to the teams, to have motorcycles available and we
    can't do that. Because only two manufacturers (had committed for 2004),
    you can't guarantee that."

    Hmmm? So Suzuki came to them and said "This is a waste of time", while
    Ducati said "Wot, no Michelins?"

    And then there were none.
    Julian Bond, Jul 19, 2003
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    Dono Trepli Guest

    I think the idea of going to a more privateer effort is good because in
    the end racing street bikes is what superbike racing should be about.
    Manufacturers should spend most of their resources in MotoGP, and make
    their street bikes ready for the track, or easily convertible with a kit,
    for superbike racing.

    There also appears to be a Honda V5 street bike in the works, so that
    may end up being Honda's superbike effort. I had read rumors that
    Honda and Yamaha may be looking at a three cylinder effort in MotoGP.
    Given that Aprilia isn't that far off, and the bike isn't to its
    minimum weight limit, yet, the three cylinder configuration may be the
    way to go.
    Dono Trepli, Jul 20, 2003
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