I finaly decided to look into that SBK stuff and see what its all about. One this stuck out.
Why all the power and advancements when bikes from 2001 or 2002 have track records? Sure I know teams must compete etc. but it doesn't seem like much progress has been made. I know I'm wrong, but it is kinda odd that older bikes, in theory, that hold lap records could keep up with newer bikes in a race.
then i notice that Ducatis were all over the charts. I suppose that gives me a little more pride in my bike.
before 05 there were no tyre restrictions, from season 05 on, they have been using a control tyre by pirelli. makes for closer racing for sure, but development isn't as fast as before as they have no other manufacturer to compete against. also, since the advent of the 4 stroke 990cc in moto GP, the factory teams pulled out of supers (except ducati) to concentrate on their GP programs.now most factories are back, pirelli really have a handle on their tyres and there's some decent riders filling the grids, this year there will be some premium racing........with an aussie winning the title of course!