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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-15-2006, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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Will WSB Allow 1200cc Twins?


Rumors abound in the European press that Ducati is putting pressure on the WSB organizers to revise the series rules, allowing twin-cylinder bikes to have up to 1200cc displacement to compete against the 1000cc four-cylinders.

Of course, we've already tried this once; up until a few years ago, four-cylinder WSB machines were limited to 750cc displacement, while twins were allowed up to 1000cc. The result was a series that was dominated by Ducati's 916/996 racebikes - partially prompting the change to a flat 1000cc limit for all engine configurations.

Now Ducati claims that their 1000cc V-Twins are at the limit of their power production capabilities, with the four-cylinders already producing more power and with even more yet to come (for more information about different engine configurations and their potential power outputs, check out my article from last February, An Analysis of MotoGP Engine Configurations).

Ducati carries a lot of clout within the WSB series, since they supply bikes to more teams than any other manufacturer. Obviously a rules change would be ideal for Ducati; however, the question is, what would be best for the series? The objective, of course, is to attain a parity of competition, without giving any one brand or design an advantage.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-15-2006, 10:11 AM
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Maybe another 100cc, but not 200cc. They are right though, Bayliss has to ride the snot out of the Ducati. You can see how easily the 4cycl pull in the straights, the Duc's can't even make a draft.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-15-2006, 11:37 AM
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Here is a theory, Ducati, if you can't get any more power out of the V-twin, SWITCH TO INLINE 4's!

Ducati obviously knew the twin was dead when they decided to go multicylinder in MotoGP.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-15-2006, 02:05 PM
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dude, I was there when that was presented at the bi-annual SAE motorsports convention. it was interesting, but I hate to say it, your guy is abit of a knob.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-17-2006, 10:39 AM
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s'ok ducati hav just announced that there getting some AMA Advisers to look at the WSBK rulebook :corn
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