It just cross my mind, WSBK is “better” then MotoGP.
In what sense you asked? For start, WSBK has more participant than MotoGP. MotoGP only has 18 starter, compare that with WSBK with its regular 28 starter. More rider means tighter race, more chances for over taking and yes more crashes. And all of that, including crashes, is the flame that draw us two wheelers fan toward the race.
WSBK also has 2 race in its race day, so more race to see. Winning in the first race do not guarantee winning in the second race. So if for example on the first race a rider lead too far ahead we can “reset” this situation in the second race. Winning the first race do not guarantee winning the second race.
Did I mention more manufacturer will support the WSBK in the future? As the writing of this post, BMW and Aprilia have confirm their participation in 2009. Earlier last year MV Agusta also considered to joint but chose not to due to sponsorship problem. But at least MV Agusta shows their intention to joint. And if this sponsorship problem solve I bet they will joint in a heart beat.
And the controversial 1200cc regulation that some say benefit Ducati will actually open up WSBK for more participation in the future. BUELL and KTM. Both have 1000cc+ V twin, the KTM with RC-8 1200cc and BUELL with its 1125R that already participate in Canadian SBK.
Imagine that, 2013, WSBK line up will be Ducati, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, BMW, Aprilia, MV Agusta, KTM, and BUELL. 10 manufacurer! It will be truly an “open” race. If golf have its “Open Championship, the Brithis Open”, two wheelers will have their own “Open Championship” the World Superbike!
Certainly, MotoGP is more powerful and faster bike. Case in point is the Qatar Losail GP. The first series in the WSBK calendar. 2008 WSBK bike was slower 3 – 4 second compare to the 2007 MotoGP bike! And that was a huge gap. MotoGP will certainly overlap some of the WSBK bike before the race ended.
MotoGP bike is a “prototype” bike. Meaning almost none of its part is “stock”. Any parts that can be customized and add 0.01 second per laps will be put on the MotoGP bike. WSBK is a producation bike, with tight regulation on which part can be customized and change and which is not. Not to mentioned the electronic. Some say that the most progress made for the past several years in MotoGP is not their “mechanics”, but their “electronics”. From launch control, firing mechanism, etc. All made tremendous contribution to the power of a MotoGP bike.
But that advancement, and combine with a fewer racer, do make MotoGP bit boring. When was the last time you see top 5 racer in a race overtaking each other till the final lap? The last time I saw a MotoGP race was that a very fast red bike all alone in front most of the race! See the Qatar WSBK race last time? The winner was not in the lead most of the race!
Bottom line is that WSBK is offering much “fun” race to watch. With more racer, more overtaking, and a close and tight race compare to the MotoGP. Not to mentioned current and future manufacturer support to the race. And my personal take for now WSBK is “better” than MotoGP.