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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mick Doohan thinks World Superbike is shit

Last night at the Premiere of "Love The Beast" I had occasion to chat with former 500cc Champion Mick Doohan.

POst chat about things film related, I moved on to chat about MotoGP this season and we wandered into a MotoGp v WSBK discussion and then the sparks started flying. I dared to suggest that that WSBK- with its field of 35, close racing and keen fans might eclipse MotoGP as a spectacle in 2009.To say Mick was NOT convinved would be an understatement.

Here's how I saw the discussion:

Me: The fans want to see close racing, big fields and skill playing an important role (over say, traction control). MotoGP might struggle as there are just 18 bikes on the grid this year to get the fans fired up.

Mick: MotoGP is the pinnacle of the sport. World Superbike is not. Therefore MotoGP is better without even referring to field numbers, fan interest and closeness of competition.

Listen to the discussion here.

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posted by thr at 7:15 pm

2 Comments:

Blogger Luke said...

interesting.

i think generally, close racing is really all that matters, but that said, people are still watching F1, which i consider the dullest motorsport OF ALL.

if F1 is the pinnacle, why do they have safety measures to slow the cars down? why not make them as quick as possible? (and yes, ignore "safety").

also, re: mick. is he still on honda's payroll? i don't think i've ever heard a definitive statement from the man.

3/12/2009 12:26 pm  
Blogger Colin said...

pinnacle ≠ better!

e.g. BTCC > F1...

3/25/2009 5:03 pm  

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