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Busy Saturday at Magny-Cours WSBK


by Marc Cantin ,

As you can well imagine, the teams were busy on this day of final practice and qualifying. We have been lucky enough to film the morning preparation for final practice of the Troy Corser BMW S 1000 RR Superbike. We also spoke with Serafino Foti, the Team Manager and only English and French speaker on the BMW Italia World Superstock 1000 team. They have dominated the 2010 season, winning all nine races so far this year and looking for the season sweep in tomorrow’s race.

UK-born Chas Davies rides a three-cylinderTriumph Daytona 675 in World Supersport, a class normally dominated by Japanese four-cylinder 600s. Davies was first on the last lap last weekend in Imola when the engine broke, so the team is there. Chas talked about the development work this year and what they expect for 2011.

Roger Lee Hayden is the sole American rider in WSBK, and he talked to us about adapting to European racing, food and languages – usually a real challenge for mono lingual racers from the US.

We also met with Gigi Dall’Igna, Technical and Sporting Director at Aprilia, who clinched the rider and manufacturer championships last week end, in only their second season racing their RSV4.

As I type this, Jérôme is editing video like a man possessed, so we can put the material on and on Youtube.

Tomorrow, I watch the racing and tell you about it!


And by the way, WSBK weekends include races for four classes based on production bikes:
• Superbikes, extensively modified machines
• Supersport 600, well prepared race machines, and
• Superstock 1000 and 600, for lightly prepared street bikes.

Pro racing realities mean that while racing parts may be cheaper for a SuperStock than a Superbike, it does take a lot of expensive track time to develop any bike and gain a winning edge. So cubic dollars still rule!