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PTR boss Buckmaster sets sights on 2014 WSBK Evo class

PTR team boss Simon Buckmaster has set his sights on joining the proposed World Superbike Evo sub-class in 2014 as the increase in expenditure is not a huge step.

Buckmaster already runs a multi-rider World Supersport team and reckons that it would cost around £100,000 more per bike to make the jump into the new class - something he believes would be worth it for the extra kudos and exposure.

"The new EVO rules are sensible and a significant step in the right direction by DORNA, I think they have the potential to really improve grid size, interest and the number of teams racing in WSB," he said.


"The cost reductions are sensible and something akin to the existing EVO rules in British Superbikes - and let's face it, they are working well there so it is a good precedent to follow.

"Capped electronics costs and a limited number of engines are sensible measures, there is no need for unlimited spend in these areas as all that happens is the team with the most money tends to win.

"I think the new rules would allow PTR to run an EVO WSB Honda CBR1000RR race bike with a competitive engine for around £100,000 per bike more than it costs to go World Supersport racing. That is not a lot given the step up in category and extra media and TV exposure on offer.

"We are confident we can build an excellent bike to these rules that would be competitive right from the off with the right rider on it. This is something we are interested in and looking to see if there are sponsors or riders interested in joining us in WSB in 2014.

"For now we will concentrate on our WSS efforts and winning races but the new rules certainly open doors and new possibilities that are exciting us."

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