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.
Ok,but what is stopping the privateers from racing these far superior machines? I admit that I hadn't considered BMW in the mix but as I'm sure you knew before you typed,endurance racing is as much about mpg and reliabilty as it is about outright lap times. BTW ummmm which brand WON that race and in fact took like half of the top ten hmmmmm? While you're at it,where did your friends at MV finish? Aprillia? Ducati? Benelli? Triumph? Etc. I never said that Suzuki wins every race,in fact going back to the start,I said Japanese inline fours dominate production based racing. Apparently,despite there lack of focus and use of inferior production.
Oh and I never said that mt $9000 GSXR was a better machine than a $40,000 MV Agusta F4/312. I said that if Suzuki made a (from the ground up,not add some premium parts on like a R1le) sportbike that retailed for the same money,it would kick MVs butt sideways. Consider this,how good of a bike would MV produce for $10,000? Do you think it would be better than a GSXR? MV starts witha bike that costs 4x as much and they can't beat half the privateers who are using their superstock bikes in AMA superbike. They throw a party when they make top 10!
Last edited by TIGGER; 08-26-2007 at 11:41 PM.