In what I think a very stupid move for what ever reason Ducati decided to pull out from WorldSuperbike championship starting 2011. According to Ducati’s press release (click here) quoted “This decision is part of a specific strategy made by Ducati, the aim being to further increase technological content in production models that will arrive on the market in the coming years…”. What a strange and stupid strategy I may add.
WSBK without Ducati is like Formula 1 without Ferrari, or English Premiere League without Chelsea (or M.U for M.U fans out there :)), or World Cup without Italy. Yes sure, Ferarri doesn’t always win, the same with Chelsea in the EPL or Italy in the World Cup. But their presence there is more than just for winning, they have became a “yard stick”, a measurement on how the others are scaled. Ferrari, Chelsea and Italy soccer team do not always win but they are the team to beat. Dropping out from WSBK is simply implying that.. Hey, we are not that kind of team any more.
Secondly, what will Ducati dropping out of WSBK say about the legendary L twin-engine? That the L twin no longer can compete with the V4 or the I4 engine anymore? That If you want “race type performance” use V4 or I4 instead? Last time I checked all Ducati product line from Superbike to Hypermotard is L twin. With no Ducati presence in WSBK I think Ducati should drop the term “Superbike” on its 848 and 1198 lines. They should call that line a product “Look like a race bike”..!!
I can go on and on pointing out how bad that move made by Ducati, as an ex Ducati owner (that considering to buy new Ducati bike) I’m just disappointed.