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WSBK 2024: Rea replaces Toprak?!

Discussion in 'General' started by HPPT, Sep 2, 2023.

  1. brex

    brex Well-Known Member

    When does Kawasaki announce they are leaving superbike racing?
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  2. Dave K

    Dave K DaveK über alles!

    They use superbike racing to not just sell motorcycles but to sell “Kawasaki” to the world. It’s cheap not just compared to motogp but also ads in various trade mags and all that crap. Motorcycles are a tiny piece of KHI’s business.

    could they leave? Yeah. Will they? I’m convinced they’ll stay but I also thought Rea would stay at Kawasaki until he retired.
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  3. nigel smith

    nigel smith Well-Known Member

    Don't underestimate Rea. If he can't beat Bautista straight up, he can just knock him down. If you can't win, take out someone who can.
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  4. mike998b

    mike998b Well-Known Member

    So who will KRT put on the bike, Redding, Bassani, Diggia…?
  5. Steady T

    Steady T Xaus Power

    Danny motherfuckin' Eslick!
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  6. Dave K

    Dave K DaveK über alles!

    I run the team? I go hard after Mir, Nakagami and Miller.

    someone is being cast off at KTM and if I landed Miller, I’m jacking it to San Diego.
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  7. Quick6RR

    Quick6RR Well-Known Member

    listening to the interviews and reading in between the lines, Toprak can make the political statements all day “I want a new challenge, and a new team to push myself.” All that means is BMW gave him the best cash deal, same with Redding. If Yamaha truly wanted to keep him they would’ve paid him anything. He’s the exact type of guy you want leading your team.
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  8. 27

    27 Well-Known Member

    That’s the only thing that would make JR65’s move rational I think too…
  9. prm

    prm Well-Known Member

    My interpretation is that Toprak values titles. He knows he cannot win title against Alvaro while on a Yamaha thus a switch. For some reason he thinks there is a chance on BMW. Probably rode a well appointed one at Keenan’s before making decision. And I’m sure the pay at BMW didn’t hurt.
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  10. Boman Forklift

    Boman Forklift Well-Known Member

    I'm sure at least part of it is he believes he is a better rider versus anyone else over there. Just like Redding did, Van Der Mark did, and probably even Gerloff does? Since Toprak knows he dominated them, and since the bike is supposedly getting better, he wants to try it.

    Hopefully he and his crew chief don't claim they can fix it in under 90 seconds. :D
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  11. Dave K

    Dave K DaveK über alles!

    You want Toprak leading your team? I wouldn’t want him and Steppedinpoo developing a collective case of hemorrhoids for my buttshole cream.
    Toxic and I’d rather hire AI and Eslick.

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  12. younglion

    younglion Well-Known Member

    You'll go 0-3 on those 3 for sure.

    Brad Ray would be a good gamble - keeps the Brits happy, he's media friendly, fast obviously, and now has at least some experience in the paddock.
  13. metricdevilmoto

    metricdevilmoto Just forking around

    Toprak won a championship in 21. He's currently 2nd place in points on the Yamaha.

    Maybe they showed Rea a new R1?

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  14. Quicktoy

    Quicktoy Is it Winter yet?

    Rinaldi out. Who will be Alvaro’s teammate?
  15. prm

    prm Well-Known Member

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  16. prm

    prm Well-Known Member

    Bulega is leap frogging a lot of talent to that seat. His performance in previous years, except this year, is not particularly notable. I’ll be surprised if he does well.
  17. sharky nrk

    sharky nrk Rubber Side Up

    I could be wrong, but I just don't see Rea d0ing a better job beating Bautista on the Yamaha vs the Kawi. Is the Yamaha a better bike right now? I would say for sure yes. Is Toprak leaving something on the table that Rea is going to pick up and go better ..... hard to believe so based on what I have watched. Toprak on the BMW? He will probably get a little more out of it than Redding is currently but the bike/team/project are simply not as good as the Yamaha so they will have to make a big step too.
  18. fastedyamaha

    fastedyamaha Well-Known Member

    Rumor has it that JR paid 800,000 euros to get out of his contract for next year.
  19. Hyperdyne

    Hyperdyne Indy United SBK

    You really kicking the R&D team in the nuts aren't ya :D
  20. Dave K

    Dave K DaveK über alles!

    Pretty much a swing and a miss on two of the three for “my” team but I’d be planting the seeds for the future.
    Nakagami might be doable but really, his value to me as a development rider ( native language with engineers) and for one race a year that’s not even a WSBK round.
    Gardner might be a good target but I think that might take a few seasons to pay off.

    are there limits on the number of bikes/ riders a team can run in the rules?

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