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Old 05-14-2008, 09:28 AM   #21
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The most up to date technologies for motorcycles/race bikes you'll see on the GP bikes. Sometimes those parts are still in development phase.

They use the GP riders to help push the development of prototype parts and electronics.

World Superbike is usually the first place you see these technologies trickle down towards the showroom floor. Which the WSBK/AMA riders sometimes play a role in further development.

Tire companies use the GP riders aswell to help push development of different compounds/mixes, that like parts/electronics will eventually trickle their way down to the street. Or atleast WSBK & AMA.

As far as the riders are concerned. It's a very different scene, GP is when compared to WSBK. But don’t get me wrong, many WSBK riders are very capable of jumping to GP. Most come from or go to GP. It’s a good place for younger riders to get good start on the world scene and a good place for older riders to kick it down a notch. They don’t seem to ride “down a notch”, it’s just there is a lot more behind the scenes/money envovled in GP(extra testing for development and such apart from sanctioned practices). Which after a few years, starts to take a toll on the riders.

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