I eat my R1
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
I assure you the BSB spec R1 is not the same bike any of these other guys are using.
They (MotoAmerica and WSBK teams) aren't just going to Milwaukee (BMW, now) and saying, "hey you know those bikes you used to win the championship last year? Can we have them? You know, to compete against you this year?"
Each of the teams are taking a plain jane R1, and then building a race-spec bike from it. They might get some help from the factory regarding setup or what have you, but as far as making the bikes fit each race series technical regulations, they are all different bikes.
Nobody at Crescent Yamaha thought they'd be winning races, but they expected better results, I'm sure. But between Lowes and Guintoli (and Beaubier) crashing all the time, they're not getting a lot of data to work with.
Towards the end of this season, or start of next season, they'll have something to work with I think.
Beaubier and Hayes are 1 and 2 in the series standings, I wouldn't say the bike they're riding is a piece of junk?