So when IRTA boss Mike Trimby told MCN: “'They were on the entry list originally with (John) Hopkins but now they signed McCoy" what is he insinuating - sudddenly the bike will not be competitive due to the change of rider? Personally speaking I'd choose McCoy over Hopkins any old day of the week. I may have missed them, but I don't recall any issues popping up about McCoy turning up wasted, and while he's had his fair share of get offs, he has won at the top level, on a crap bike.
Hopkins on the other hand, he has - he has - he has had the most monumental of crashes imaginable, on a Kwakker that Melandri generally managed to maintain right side up, as did Haslam with the Stiggy - and both managed decent results - something Hopkins never at any time, looked capable off. Okay, I admit it, perhaps the reason for not achieving good results, was connected to the fact he was never on the bikes long enough.
Surely, BMW using a straight four for their WSBK bike instead of that three cyclinder thingy, would tell any half sensible idiot, that there was a problem with it - lack of power for instance.
And when Trimby also said "Before confirming a contract with them we want to have evidence that this bike is capable of being within three or four seconds of what we've got." What class was he referring to, the 125s or the less powerful Moto2s?
And speaking of Moto2, I just love the news that each rider has been issued with one engine, assigned at random by IRTA officials, which they will have to make last for the upcoming two official IRTA tests and the first three races of the season. And this after admitting that the engines reliability issues have prevented Honda from supplying them to the teams earlier - the original delivery date having been last November. Reliability issues with a near boggy standard Honda 600 engine!!!
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