2016 Magny-Cours World Superbike Sunday Notes - Opportunity Knocks

It was smart strategy that won Chaz Davies the opening race of the French round of WorldSBK but in Race 2 it was patience and perseverance that won out. The Welshman clocked up his third win in four races and each have come in very different circumstances. A dominant victory in Germany started this rich vein of form but France showed how strong Davies has become. Having the mental strength to stick to his guns, and his intermediate tyre choice, in the opening race was contrasted with his patience in waiting for an opportunity to pass the Kawasaki riders in Race 2.

Afterwards Davies said that “the Kawasaki works in such a different way to the Ducati that it's very hard to get past them and our laptimes are so similar that sometimes you need to wait for a mistake or an opening.” On Sunday that opening came when Jonathan Rea tried to dive down the inside of Tom Sykes into the Adelaide Hairpin and as the two green machines squabbled for track position Davies was able to pick them off on acceleration.

It was a perfect move and one that left the Ducati rider in front of Rea and quickly trying to open a lead. That lead would turn into a second almost instantly and afterwards Rea said “I wanted to attack Chaz but he did such a good job to open that gap and I couldn't get back to him.”

For Rea his approach rewarded him with second position and allowed him to once again extend his championship over the race weekend. With Sykes finishing third the Englishman is now in an almost impossible championship position but said after the race that “we learned a lot of lessons this weekend and I feel a lot more comfortable on the bike.”

Those lessons will be put to good use in 2017 by Sykes but for now the WorldSBK field is at championship point with Rea trying to hold serve at Jerez.

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Well i have to give a shout out to Leon Camier and the  MV AGUSTA REPARTO CORSE team, they are just moving that bike forward at every race.  Part of me would like to see him on a champioship winning bike, but also I would love to see the whole team move the MV up to the next level, which has to be worth MV's investment, we just have to remember how the wins sold bikes for Ducati.

Also really nice to see Chaz back on the top step

All new 2017 CBR1000RR Fireblade
Eagerly anticipated, here it is. Talented VanderMark has, after all these years of patience, left at exactly the wrong time. The Yamaha doesn't have the power of its rivals, and has underwhelmed.

The standard version (SP1) is 30 lbs lighter than the current model and gets 10hp. We don't have stats on the power of the homologated race only SP2 version w different engine internals, compression ratio et al. Narrower stature. Lots of titanium and magnesium. Quick shifter up AND down. The dash controls the suspension adjustment. Extensive electronics developed on the MotoGP bike.

And beautiful! I bet this bike is a huge step forward, VdM is likely going to get a good look at the tail of it. Great timing Bradl, let's see what you and Hayden can do. I am sad to see VdM go - he and this machine would have been my pick for the 2017 the title.


Here is the best collection of stats and pictures available now. Go down to the first picture and zoom in on the right hand 1/2 old and 1/2 new picture from above. The new one is dramatically narrower between the knees. If you have ridden the old one you know this is a good thing. And WHERE it removed 30 lbs is more important than the weight stat by itself - this thing will have a handling improvement. Again, the power gain will not be known for a bit on the SP2 w the HRC kit so don't let the 190hp stat bother you yet.


I agree the bike has disappointed in WSBK. We know the bike has a couple of excellent riders on board (so don't think that is the factor), yet the bike has performed well in other championships; Two-time Suzuka 8 hour winner, 2015 (dominant) BSB winner with Josh Brookes, and has performed reasonably well in IDM. So what is the real issue?

I would like to see the bike in the hands of another team, or perhaps with more factory support which might well be the real variable here. Will the new Honda get the factory funding? Kawasaki reputedly spend as much as a MotoGP team in operating their factory WSBK outfit, Ducati also must spend a lot on their 1198, a bike which apparently has extortionate running costs.

Nicky Hayden might help out here (with Honda perhaps keen to have a US rider doing well in a world championship, assuming that the series gets any US coverage at all) but I think the key is the team and factory backing it. We know Ten Kate are a great team, and seem to get the most out of what they are given. Just looking purely at the stats we know the Honda is going have potential. But, they key is going to be whether they can afford (like Ducati and Kawasaki) the massive development and testing costs.