It's both, let's be honest. Bautista is good, it is a motogp track, it's a bike (vaguely) similar to one he's been riding for a while. It's also a hell of a bike, you must admit. I said recently in another thread they haven't won since I think 2011 and are keen to do so again. They had zero success after the 1098. For a manufacturer who dominates WSBK (there's no other way to put it when you look at the record of 17 wins and the next two closest being Kawa/Ape with 4 wins) I do not think they liked not winning the past decade or so and this is the resulting machine -- finally pushed them away from the twin.Not the bike, it’s the rider. BAU is too strong. Also a familiar track.
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The BMW is clearly down on power given its slower straight line speed.
The last straight may have been worse, but I suspect Sykes was simply frustrated.
He is 10HP down on the other bikes and about 10-15km/h down on the straights. They knew it would be a problem for the race. It will be fixed soon enough.Poor performance from Sykes in race one. I was expecting a lot more from BMW.
On a side note, M version has decals on plastics, which are not clear coated. This will make removal of decals a breeze for those who don't like the multi colors.
You don't understand the turn around time they pulled off to even get this bike from a frame to a competitive bike. It's a development year not a race winning year. As long as they improve that is the goal. Lose the negative tone please.They shouldhave fixed that before the race.