Paul Denning, the former team manager of Suzuki’s MotoGP team, will be making his debut in World Superbike this year after the manufacturer announced it would no longer compete in the top-tier competition. Denning will be responsible for the new World Superbike Crescent Suzuki team, with Leon Camier and John Hopkins riding two 2012 GSX-R1000s when the season kicks off later this year.
Denning recently sat down for an interview with Crash.net about the changes from MotoGP to World Superbike, and he had some interesting thoughts on how the technology affected the competitiveness of the racing in both competitions.
“The combination of the Pirelli tires and Superbike specification machine is an “easier” package to access the limits of performance compared to the MotoGP bikes and therefore more riders can battle for the top positions,” he told the news source. “I say that with complete respect to all the riders in SBK, who fight like animals to win, but the Superbike specification bikes generally permit closer racing and different riders going for the podium week-to-week which is great for the fans. In Superbike, the rider can still make the difference. That said – the highest quality riders, bikes and teams are the ones who always end up battling for the title and we hope to be amongst them!”
Denning will be hoping that his own rider is fit in time for the competition, as Hopkins is currently recovering from a finger injury.