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Old 02-27-2013, 01:20 PM   #235
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Originally Posted by dsilver1007 View Post
Watched the Phillips island races and was wondering if part of Aprilla, Ducati and BMW bikes advantage is that they are more capable than the japanese bikes out of the box? The Euro bikes cost a significant amount more.
Factory development on the Honda stopped in 2008, according to a recent interview with HRC chief Nakamoto. I'd be willing to bet development on the Suzuki did too, maybe even as early as 2006 or so. The Kawasaki is a more recent design and their racing program has benefited from Kawasaki's withdrawal from MotoGP. The Euro brands are newer designs with more factory support.
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