Join Date: May 2004
Location: Toronto, Canada
Given that their current rules package is based on homologation, which relies on manufacturer-supplied sample parts and specifications ... something's gotta give if the manufacturers don't homologate any of their bikes.
There's another article on RRW which indicates that Honda might be moving forward with DMG. It has been reported quite a few times that several track owners are holding off with signing anything with DMG until they see which way the balance tips. (Obviously, that's not true of the tracks sharing the DMG ownership group - but that's not all of them.) Kawasaki is waiting to see where the other manufacturers are going. Yamaha is the only one to have made a commitment. I think it's a given that Suzuki will go to anything but DMG if they have a choice ... to me, it looks like they've burned too many bridges with DMG.
So, it's a waiting game, everyone waits for the other side to jump, and nothing happens.
I did not like DMG's approach when they started this whole mess, but I think they've realized that they can go nowhere without manufacturer participation.
by the way, KTM has announced participation in DMG also. I realize that they're a minor manufacturer, but still ...
I hope what happens is that Honda announces participation with DMG, and that tips Kawasaki to participate with DMG and tips the track owners to sign up with DMG. Suzuki can go F themselves as far as I'm concerned, but with three other manufacturers and all the tracks going with DMG. this will lead to MIC/USSB being dead in the water, and Suzuki will revert to DMG.
The best thing for US roadracing right now is for one series or the other to go away ... and given the NASCAR backing, I can't see that being the DMG.
Helibars, MRA screen, Ohlins damper, reversed shift pattern, sorted suspension, braided lines, Michelin Pilot Power, all else stock 'coz it's fast enough!