Posted: 08 Oct 2012
It was announced last week that MotoGP bosses are taking over from Infront in the running of the Superbike World Championship with immediate effect.
Our paddock insiders at the final round of the series at Magny Cours identified feelings of uncertainty among the teams, WSBK staff and press, with the general consensus being that there would definitely be changes to the organisation of the championship but as yet, no one knows exactly what these changes will be.
It will be the first time in 25 years that the WSBK championship and MotoGP will be run by the same company and will end the Paolo Flammini era. It is feared that the change will cause the ‘dumbing down’ of WSBK as the promoters aim to make a clear definition between the classes. One possible route would be to alter the rules and regulations and reduce the number of changes that manufacturers are able to make to their race bikes, making their machines more like their serial production counterparts.
WSBK CEO Flammini took part in a press conference on Sunday morning at the race track to put both staff and journalists’ minds at ease and assured everyone that he would continue to do whatever was best for the championship.
It is easy to focus on the negatives of the takeover, but with a common promoter, it is possible that WSBK will begin to appeal more to the mainstream audience. MotoGP is currently broadcast on terrestrial TV in the UK, so there is the every possibility for WSBK attendance figures to rise and the overall prestige of the championship to improve.