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    @monk, looks like we've got loads of silent spectators here as well

    Since we don't have live telecasts here in India, my WSBK weekends are usually spent waiting for the video to be available on some torrent site. Sunday's I watch Race 1 and Monday I watch WSS and WSBK Race 2.

    Should have seen the WSS race in Melbourne and then this one in Thialand. Kenan, even at home, looks to have things in his favor when he returns at Aragon.

    4/4 for Rea is making this boring, but our only hope is Chaz coming to form in the European rounds. Next is Aragon 1st and 2nd April.
    Melandri's doing a pretty decent job on the Ducati. Syke's spoiled his(Melandri's) weekend on the last turn at every race.

    Yamaha has definitely improved. Both Lowes and Van der Mark have shown strong signs in the race.

    The grid shuffling felt exciting initially, but Rea doesn't want to play around. He want's to disappear in the distance.

    The Thai crowd was very enthusiastic even in that sweltering heat and humidity.

    The Honda's won't be a threat for the podium for a few more races at least. The CBR is still a new machine. They have just got it around Christmas last year. It doesn't even have all performance parts yet, let alone the settings required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R-series View Post
    @monk, looks like we've got loads of silent spectators here as well

    Since we don't have live telecasts here in India, my WSBK weekends are usually spent waiting for the video to be available on some torrent site. Sunday's I watch Race 1 and Monday I watch WSS and WSBK Race 2.

    Should have seen the WSS race in Melbourne and then this one in Thialand. Kenan, even at home, looks to have things in his favor when he returns at Aragon.

    4/4 for Rea is making this boring, but our only hope is Chaz coming to form in the European rounds. Next is Aragon 1st and 2nd April.
    Melandri's doing a pretty decent job on the Ducati. Syke's spoiled his(Melandri's) weekend on the last turn at every race.

    Yamaha has definitely improved. Both Lowes and Van der Mark have shown strong signs in the race.

    The grid shuffling felt exciting initially, but Rea doesn't want to play around. He want's to disappear in the distance.

    The Thai crowd was very enthusiastic even in that sweltering heat and humidity.

    The Honda's won't be a threat for the podium for a few more races at least. The CBR is still a new machine. They have just got it around Christmas last year. It doesn't even have all performance parts yet, let alone the settings required.

    Not having a live telecast is big issue for WSBK. Kawasaki has got WSBK pretty nailed.
    I was surprised to see Hondas down in the order considering the riders they have. But I think you have a fair point. It is a very new bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by R-series View Post
    @monk, looks like we've got loads of silent spectators here as well
    Hahaha. Here it is more a case of very few people being interested in WSBK. Not being telecast live on TV in India, isn't helping either!! Add to that the last couple of season with J. Rea running away with it, and global audience is down for the series. Thus the Saturday Race 1 last year and the grid shakeup for Race 2 this year. The organisers are trying very hard to pull in the audiences.

    Ignore the machines and rider skills for a moment and just compare the personalities and character of the top 5 in MotoGP and WSBK. Marquez, Rossi, Vinales, Lorenzo and Iannone, will have more people chattering about them than Rea, Sykes, Davies, Laverty and Lowes, even without any racing involved. MotoGP has many more 'louder' personalities in comparison to WSBK!

    Back to the racing! Kawasaki and Ducati were set to be championship favourites with Rea and Davies from the end of last season. But Davies really needs to start winning some! He is already 30 points down in the championship! Honestly, Honda is currently where one can expect them. Bradl will take some time to find his feet and Hayden really needs the bike to improve considerably, but with Red Bull backing, hopefully that will come sooner rather than later.

    Right now, i am waiting for Yamaha to take a win soon. Though Lowes and VDM have never raced at the top of the championship in WSBK, so might find it a bit hard for that elusive first win.

    With factory support this year, Aprilia with Laverty should come good. He has already proved in the past that he is a title contender in WSBK with the right machinery. Really hope these three manufacturers up the ante and take the fight to red and green.

    Don't expect much from BMW and MV Agusta, the German because they aren't interested and the Italian because they just don't have the resources.

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    PS: I watch the races live online!!! Googlebaba to the rescue

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    Check this tweet from Paul Denning. Owner of the Pata Yamaha WSBK team -

    https://twitter.com/Paul_Denning/sta...69666768793600

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    This is the video he tweeted - https://twitter.com/NASCARONFOX/stat...77198832467969
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post

    PS: I watch the races live online!!! Googlebaba to the rescue

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    Check this tweet from Paul Denning. Owner of the Pata Yamaha WSBK team -

    https://twitter.com/Paul_Denning/sta...69666768793600

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    This is the video he tweeted - https://twitter.com/NASCARONFOX/stat...77198832467969
    Yeh I thought of that option too, but the links I found didn't have high resolution videos. The window size was like 5x4inch

    Since it kills the experience for me, I decided to watch it after downloading. That also keeps me away from social media for two days so I don't get to know about the results

    And that fight is insane man. can't imagine that on a Motogp or F1 grid. But they're also humans, anything can happen.
    The relation between riders in WSBK is pretty warm.
    Just because you haven't seen it doesnt mean its impossible...expect the unexpected.

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    I used to watch WSBK regularly when there was live broadcast on tv but since last year could only follow the news .The net connection in our area is not so good and watching lengthy videos on net is not really my cup of coffee. Atleast Tata taking broadcasting & distributing the telecast feed gave me hope but seems nobody is interested in sponsoring the telecasts .The least our motorcycle manufacturers competing in the championship can do is sponsor the telecast since getting WSBK & Motogp to India will be mired in bureaucratic hurdles that F1 faced during it's short stint .Let's hope and pray for better days for motorsports enthusiasts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bharatheshk View Post
    I used to watch WSBK regularly when there was live broadcast on tv but since last year could only follow the news .The net connection in our area is not so good and watching lengthy videos on net is not really my cup of coffee. Atleast Tata taking broadcasting & distributing the telecast feed gave me hope but seems nobody is interested in sponsoring the telecasts .The least our motorcycle manufacturers competing in the championship can do is sponsor the telecast since getting WSBK & Motogp to India will be mired in bureaucratic hurdles that F1 faced during it's short stint .Let's hope and pray for better days for motorsports enthusiasts.

    Going a bit OT here, but the bureaucratic reason is something that i don't completely believe. The bureaucrats were sleeping in the first couple of years, that they didn't hurdle F1! If you saw the attendance at the races, or the lack of it, you will understand why F1 didn't return to the Buddh. In the last outing here, people were giving free passes for the grandstand to each other, and even then no one wanted to go. How often do people say no to free stuff in India

    Let's face it, F1 is boring!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Going a bit OT here, but the bureaucratic reason is something that i don't completely believe. The bureaucrats were sleeping in the first couple of years, that they didn't hurdle F1! !
    True that ,but even F1 faced quite a bit of hassle in bringing in and taking back their equipment's . Without government backing lot of the races with low spectator attendances are running under loss i believe .So let's atleast have live broadcast on tv . And i agree F1 currently sucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Going a bit OT here, but the bureaucratic reason is something that i don't completely believe. The bureaucrats were sleeping in the first couple of years, that they didn't hurdle F1! If you saw the attendance at the races, or the lack of it, you will understand why F1 didn't return to the Buddh. In the last outing here, people were giving free passes for the grandstand to each other, and even then no one wanted to go. How often do people say no to free stuff in India

    Let's face it, F1 is boring!

    Sir, With my limited understanding, first 3 years if BIC the government in UP was supportive of JP. You can guess the reasons why.
    4th year the government changed, which was a setback to JP and BIC to some extent.

    I will not question the year on year decline of spectators in BIC for F1 because it was clearly visible. The 2nd to last iteration of F1 did face custom issues which really jeopardized the last iteration.
    Indian Customs wanted taxes for the 4 days of F1 equipment staying in India which does not happen in any their country because eventually the stuff goes back and never stays in the country to be consumed their. It was a last minute intervention by the JP group and I think they did pay some taxes for our customs to allow F1 equipment to be cleared.

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