The World Superbike needs a stimulus – and even its most fervent of fans would struggle to deny it.

In the vast majority of races, there are only three riders with a real chance at victory. Jonathan Rea, Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies monopolise the WSBK championship, with the occasional appearance from Marco Melandri. Without undermining the riders skill and ability, it’s seems indisputable that their Kawasaki ZX-10R’s and Ducati Panigale R’s have helped them storm the championship, as the other teams struggle to keep up.

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It is true that brands like Honda, BMW and even Aprilia could redouble their investment in WSBK racing– but, the reality is that they choose to focus on MotoGP. Of course, it’s not quite to cut and dried – as Yamaha looks strong this season, with factory machines and two excellent riders in Alex Lowes and Micha