Ok,but the MV I was thinking of is the 312 version which is alot more than $21,000. Plus,judging a bikes worth using Masterbike which is a European contest where most of the riders are Europeans,typically staged on a European circuit...hmmmm..how unusual that a European brand wins. Let's see a Masterbike staged at Suzuka with all Japanese riders and see what happens.Not to mention that the Italian models are almost never the standard models but the "R" or "Factory" models. If the Italian bikes are so fast and perfect for the track, show me the Superstock/supersport championships. Where are the endurance championships? The only time they can win is if the rules are so stacked in their favor that it's almost embarassing!(like WSB). In pretty much all the other production based championships I can think of, inline fours are mopping the floor with them. In fact,isn't Ducati trying to increase their cc limit to 1200cc or they're threatening to quit WSB? They're already allowed a lighter bike now they want this. To me the rules should be the same accross the board and if your engine configeration can't cut it then you should rethink YOUR setup. That would be like forcing Kenyans to carry 50lb back packs during races to make it more fair to the slower runners.
Consider that Master Bike is being held at Jerez every year and that ALL professional and experienced riders from all over the world INCLUDING American ex-racers and Japanese ex-racers...
As far as the European bikes are the "R" or "Factory" models go, that's true, but why don't the Japanese make the same types and see how they fare? Oh but they did (R1 Limited Edition) and got wiped out by MV Agusta and 999S (a bike that has 25-HP less).
Why don't the Italians show up more at most races? Ah...like I said before, they all teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Where are they going to have the money to finance races?
Let's talk endurance racing, the Le Mans endurance race in April had the BMW boxer twin (aircooled) finishing mid-pack. Why is an aircooled flat twin bike with suspensions that supposedly are made for the street instead for racing AND with about 60-HP deficit not finishing dead last?
Japanese bikes are pretty damn good and can't be beat for the money. But they are far from being THE BEST.