Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 136: Engine Configurations In WorldSBK - Inline 4 vs V4

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is something a bit special. With no racing on, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie take a different tack in this shorter episode, examining the difference between an inline four engine and V4. Gordon gives his insight, based on years in the WorldSBK paddock, and Gordo and Steve contrast the way the engines work differently in WorldSBK and MotoGP, leaning on Steve's wide experience inside MotoGP.

They also get views on this from riders and experts. Leon Haslam gives his experience switching between the two different engine configurations, as does Eugene Laverty - on an I4 BMW now, coming from a Ducati Panigale V4 last year. Ex-BSB racer, rider coach, and BT Sport's MotoGP expert Michael Laverty also gives his view, explaining what he sees from track side and how different riders - and especially Alvaro Bautista, who is on an inline-four-engined motorcycle - the Honda CBR1000RR-R - for the first time in his long career, is adapting to a different engine configuration.

A fascinating show, with a lot of technical insight from a rider's point of view. The episode was recorded after the WorldSBK test, and before the opening round of WorldSBK at Phillip Island. That means it was also recorded before all racing was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Great insights. Especially re SBK vs MotoGP.

Gordo has a lot of good pertinent and thorough knowledge. I learned something not found anywhere else to date re the new BMW and how/why the engine started 2019 in Superstock-ish form. It is a bit of an outlier now, isn't it? Amazing that the average Joe can buy F1 tech so cheaply. Not long ago that could run with MotoGP. Seriously, imagine being handed that base for CRT against the Aprilia that could compete. Or the Forward Yamaha. We don't have to go too far back to see a grid it could run at the front of with just tires, a basic Superbike-like build. Heck, re-map for race fuel, tires and set up, and it would compete stock in GP's from when, 2005?

Kawasaki has their hands full from three manu's, and Honda is right behind them sorting.