No surprises at team presentations
There were web portals that devoted more than five articles to the presentation of this year’s Ducati factory team. Greetings from the corona pandemic. Because nothing happens after the cancellation we predicted last year, the headlines rush to the top. But what exactly is behind it? Actually, exactly what we recently predicted, which is absolutely nothing new or unexpected. Everyone wants to be the best in 2021 and like to end up at the very top. Tires and bikes are practically completely identical to the previous year because the further development was effectively frozen due to Covid-19. A good keyword, by the way, is the pandemic, because apart from the Austrian GP, no tickets are currently available in advance. Note: Not a single race is currently secured! What is currently going on in Austria regarding Corona is also very worrying. The development there deviates significantly from the alleged model country, as it was praised by Red Bull Media in the 1st lockdown in 2020.
Will there be a scrum at the top?
Suzuki also wants the World Cup ranks 1 and 2, after finishing 1 and 3 in the last year. So does anyone seriously believe that Yamaha would now announce that they would like to have the World Championship classifications 5 to 9 just because Ducati and Suzuki used to speak of top positions before them? Probably hardly, and that’s why we like to measure the actions of teams and drivers only when they are on the track. At Honda the only interesting question would be whether Marc Marquez will definitely be driving in Losail (Qatar). We take every bet, you won’t hear a syllable for that. If you want to see all the beautiful pictures of repainted 2020 bikes, please look on www.motogp.com
A small example from WorldSBK – Desire and Reality
The surtitle could have been “Poetry and Truth”, but we still have it before us, as if it were yesterday. Even hasty journalists reported on it in large letters. Both BMW team boss Marc Bongers and his protégé Tom Sykes trumpeted before the start of the 2020 season in Phillip Island about podiums and victories that they would like to achieve in their second year. According to a friendly gentleman in the Phillip Island accreditation office, we were the only visitors from a German-speaking country at the WorldSBK World Championship kick-off in “Down Under”.
When reality strikes mercilessly
The strong test and qualification times of Sykes on the BMW S-1000 RR impressed many. But we’d rather wait for the race and should be right in the end with our skepticism. On the completely new Fireblade CBR-1000RR-R, HRC Honda completely dwarfed the blue and white. This continued after the forced Corona break from August. Despite all the adversities, Alvaro Bautista made it onto the podium on his completely new bike with the 4-cylinder in-line engine that was unfamiliar to him. He and Leon Haslam ended up clearly ahead of the two BMW works drivers Eugene Laverty and Sykes in the final World Championship. As the best individual result, they each had a seventh place and Sykes also had a fifth place.