It's getting entertaining now. It would seem the option is no longer restricted to Supers or GP, we can now extend our preferences to any imagined future we desire. Nice ;-)
The idea so far seems to be a 'qualifying' format, where riders from various diciplines are eligible for the 'Championship of Champions' based on how well they did in their chosen disipline over the season.
Love the idea of racing in each of these, using a standard bike to compete in all.
Just imagine the bull shit that this would entail ... i.e who would be the promoter, how much would the respective series promoter demand for 'using' their riders, would the riders risk their specialist racing careers (by having highly likely accidents racing in events they are not specifically proficient at), would they risk their highly tuned egos, how would you ensure it is 'balanced' ... and what on earth would happen with the sponsers bla bla.
It's all making my head spin.
Now then, onto this SBK riders are better, are not better, than GP riders. Armchair generals. It would seem no one rider has made the definitive statement by moving from one, where they have done either well or poorly, and then dominated in the other.....
Look at Bayliss for a moment. He goes to GP, does quite well in his first season on the GP bike, so surprise surprise, the SBK boys might be on a par with the GP grid, but then proceeds to slowly get worse, then has a disappointing period on the honda. Logic says then he is an average GP rider then, and when he goes back to SBK, and cleans up .... so SBK must be easier than GP right?
Barros comes over, and in the first few races really start to look good. So the SBK bikes really must be an easier more forgiving ride ....
But then the 'Bayliss Incident'. He comes back to GP for one race, admitadly on a high, in top form and is one of the best, if not the best current SBK rider. He als ohas nothing to lose and everything to gain so can ride at 110%.
But still. He is on a bike he has not ridden for a long time, and it would have changed considerably since he last rode it. The previous assumption says GP's are much harder to ride than SBK's and the undisputed assumption is always that the talent in GP's should be higher that in SBK ... and the bugger WINS. He doesn't just ride ok, he wins the race, and he does so by a whopping great margin ...
So generals .. what happened there??