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Old 06-29-2009, 11:59 AM   #1
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WSBK testing rules *possible spoiler*

I was having a discussion about Spies' championship hopes as a result of Haga's off. My buddy said to me that Haga's crash is probably a boon to Spies because he can go ride Brno all month, and be well prepared whereas Haga will probably be off a bike until race weekend. My response was that I don't think Spies can go test there, but the reality is........I have no idea what the WSBK rules regarding testing are. Does anyone know? Is there a limit to the number of tests? Are the rules on where the tests can occur?
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Maybe he can just register for a local track day in the advanced group.
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As far as I know they can't. Otherwise there wouldn't have been all this talk about Ben winning on tracks he's never ridden. Yamaha would have just rented the tracks so he could learn them. I would bet that unless it's an official SBK testing event, the teams are not allowed to run the tracks on the calendar.
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Maybe he can just register for a local track day in the advanced group.
Not if he wants to get smoked.......
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Not if he wants to get smoked.......
Can you picture it?

"Ok, welcome everyone to the trackday at Brno. Is there anyone here who hasn't been here before? (Ben raises his hand) Ok, then if you want you can ride in the round-robin session w/ beginner or intermediate so you can learn the line."
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Spies seems to learn tracks faster than anyone (by a large margin) but even so he has shown that even a little prior experience at a track means hes going to dominate that track.

So you guys are saying that they can't go and practice at tracks that they have scheduled during the year?
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So you guys are saying that they can't go and practice at tracks that they have scheduled during the year?
As far as I know, that's the rules. Otherwise Ben would have ridden all these tracks multiple times. I'm pretty sure Yamaha would have paid for that if they could.
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Its probably like MotoGP......there are only a certain # of sanctioned tests they're allowed to do during a season/off-season. The locations are probably selected for them as well.

Now the manufactures can probably test when they want, where ever they can get some time on a track. But they have to use outside riders that are not currently racing under contract.

Me thinks........
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Spies seems to learn tracks faster than anyone (by a large margin) but even so he has shown that even a little prior experience at a track means hes going to dominate that track.

So you guys are saying that they can't go and practice at tracks that they have scheduled during the year?
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I hear of alot of riders "playing" the tracks before they ever see them... I HEAR.
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Bwaahahahahahaha...damm it Todd, you made me spill my drink. Nice Avi.
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Bwaahahahahahaha...damm it Todd, you made me spill my drink. Nice Avi.
I had to do a double take...
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Bruno is the next sanctioned test for the riders. And yes Ben is actually using the Playstation version to learn the tracks. I'd bet he uses the challenge Rossi mode and gets his lines down pat. Anyone else notice the "Lap of the Track" was actually from the video game last week? Acuracy on the games is unbelievable, and apparnetly real enough to give Spies some much needed track knowledge.
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Bruno is the next sanctioned test for the riders. And yes Ben is actually using the Playstation version to learn the tracks. I'd bet he uses the challenge Rossi mode and gets his lines down pat. Anyone else notice the "Lap of the Track" was actually from the video game last week? Acuracy on the games is unbelievable, and apparnetly real enough to give Spies some much needed track knowledge.
I was watching and had to get my gf to give a second opinion on the track fly by. I was sure it was fake, but could hardly tell.
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It's probably like any of us watching a video on youtube of a run through TWS (Texas World Speedway)/MSRH/GSS/MSRC.

I've heard of riders playing the video games to help learn the layouts. If that's the case, I should be wicked fast at places like Sachenring, Donigton, Mugello, and Jerez thanks to MotoGP 03 & 07.
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It's probably like any of us watching a video on youtube of a run through TWS (Texas World Speedway)/MSRH/GSS/MSRC.

I've heard of riders playing the video games to help learn the layouts. If that's the case, I should be wicked fast at places like Sachenring, Donigton, Mugello, and Jerez thanks to MotoGP 03 & 07.
Years of playing Grant Turismo, and I was still slow as at Laguna. Although, I will say that the latest games do the tracks more justice.
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