While in the sour cucumber era many scribes disappoint with copied old stories and often even repetitions, we like to dig a little deeper. Above all, we are much more careful than many others in searching and evaluating our almost inexhaustible archive. Errors such as the claim that Corser was the first private Superbike World Champion on the Power Horse Ducati in 1996 can hardly ever happen to us. Nobody is infallible, and we discover potential for improvement every day. But anyone who overlooks Doug Polen and his American team “Fast by Ferracci” in 1991 at the WSBK is either stupid or ignorant. But exactly this we have seen on a sports-news site few weeks before.
The supposed knowledge – with countless mistakes At a time when some (or most?) journalists get their supposed wisdom from Wikipedia, some readers’ hair stand on end. The errors in such “knowledge databases” are innumerable and often catastrophic, especially in motorsport. Unfortunately, truthfulness specially in journalism is only a word, see also articles in the everyday and tabloid press. During the ongoing revision of our history of the first WorldSBK years (see on this page under “History”, we are constantly adding additional images and result sheets) we noticed something that is very similar today, compared with the first years of WSBK.
The balance of the first 3 WorldSBK years
What is hard to imagine today: Back then, 3 manufacturers were exactly tied with 16 wins each. But this was not surprising after the first three years of WorldSBK. More like the fact that with Suzuki, of all things, the brand was far behind, which had brought the legendary GSX-R750, the Japanese’s first real superbike, onto the market in 1985. Before that, the chassis of the sporty bikes from the Far East were, to put it mildly, an impertinence.
And today – where are the differences and where are the parallels?
Instead of Bimota those time, BMW is now part of the game, since their return as a works team for the 2019 season. Suzuki is far from a comeback and today we have a balance that is reminiscent of the first years of WorldSBK. Although Pirelli standard tires, the rubbers are one of the most important factors along with the increase in displacement and performance compared to then. Some ghosts argue about electronic driving aids. After his crash in Imola 2019, Eugene Laverty is probably one of the most ardent advocates, as he broke both wrists when they were switched off. Valentino Rossi learned to master the poisonous 500-series two-stroke as the last still active MotoGP rider without any electronics helpers. Except BMW, they have been at eye level in WorldSBK since last year. Let’s hope that the M-1000 RR will close the tiny gap for 2021. But every top driver is definitely capable of winning on any of the bikes next season.