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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-17-2013, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Erik Buell Racing joins WSBK for 2014

Erik Buell Racing has officially confirmed that it will join the World Superbike Championship in 2014, which will make it the first-ever American manufacturer to enter the series.

The firm will enter a pair of EBR 1190RX Superbikes for all-American pairing Aaron Yates and Geoff May.

“We are delighted to announce our plans to compete in the 2014 World Superbike championship,” said team manager Giulio Bardi. “The entire team is excited and looking forward to the challenge ahead. Our riders Geoff and Aaron are both proven front runners within the AMA championship and will bring a wealth of riding experience to our campaign. We have a lot of work to do but when the lights go out for the opening race at Phillip Island in February, we will be ready.”

Check out the full article here --> http://www.crash.net/wsbk/news/19891...sbk-entry.html
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It'll be interesting to see how they do against all the big names.

I thought they weren't going to do it.. Guess they are serious about this.
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It's always exciting when a new team enters a league (series, or whatever you call it.) It's really difficult to tell how well they will do with no previous history of the team. I believe that the team riders finished 8th and 9th last year in th series they were racing in. SO their riders are definitely competent.
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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-19-2013, 11:06 AM
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well now is the time to prove themselves if anything.
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8th and 9th out of how many though...

It will be interesting to see what WSBK does to their road going bikes. Anything you race in WSBK has to be homologated through street use...
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I know that was the concern before this announcement was made. Will Buell be able to produce enough bikes to qualify them to enter the WSBK. I guess the answer is yes they will, Now we just need to see it happen.
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I know that was the concern before this announcement was made. Will Buell be able to produce enough bikes to qualify them to enter the WSBK. I guess the answer is yes they will, Now we just need to see it happen.
no im not even talking about how many bikes, I'm talking about the technology in the bikes. I think Buell may have a tough show because they already operate in such low volume to build the most hardcore WSBK bike it will likely kill their retail sales.

Kawasaki for instance can hide the ZX6 and ZX10 behind the regular Ninjas, so even if the ZXs move in low volumes it has little effect on the bottom line. Buell only retails one bike which is already crazy expensive...
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Aaron Yates and Geoff May will be running two 1190RXs. Should be good to see.
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Yea, from a business perspective it seems to me that Buell should be trying to make lighter bikes with less displacement instead of pouring all its money into racing bikes. I'm just thinking about what sells most these days.

Hopefully the people at Buell are not making terrible decisions that will sink the company. We have to put some trust in them that they know what they are doing.
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Yea, from a business perspective it seems to me that Buell should be trying to make lighter bikes with less displacement instead of pouring all its money into racing bikes. I'm just thinking about what sells most these days.

Hopefully the people at Buell are not making terrible decisions that will sink the company. We have to put some trust in them that they know what they are doing.
x2,

if they really want to be a brand that can rise above many, they will need to, then they can continue their development of unique bikes.
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