Saturday, August 10

NEW SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RULES IN THE PIPELINE

THERE is going to be a change in the Technical Regulations for the Superbike World Championship in the near future as the organisers move to save the class from years of cost escalation under the watch of the series' previous promoters, the Flammini brothers.

In a press release, the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) indicates that for the 2014 World Superbike Championship there will be price caps on suspension and brakes as well as engine limits and the new EVO class. 

Here follows the press release from the FIM:


FIM Superbike World Championship 2014 Rules
Following various meetings between the FIM, Dorna and the MSMA (Motorcycle Sports Manufacturers' Association), a new framework has been put in place for the progressive application of the new Superbike rules. 
The new rules are aimed at reducing costs for the motorcycle and its components.
1. The rules changes for the 2014 FIM Superbike World Championship season will be as follows:
  • A limited number of engines (eight) per rider/per season.
  • A limited number of gear ratios.
  • A price cap on the brakes.
  • A price cap on the suspensions.
2. In order to ensure that there are a sufficient number of riders with competitive motorcycles on the grid, the MSMA has agreed to provide, on request, a complete motorcycle package at a fixed prize, for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The motorcycle packages supplied will be the same as those used by the manufacturer and will receive certain updates and maintenance from the manufacturers during the season.
3. Under the new rules, there will be a sub-category known as the EVO class. This class will follow the FIM Superbike technical regulations for all chassis, suspension and brake components. On the engine and electronics side, however, these motorcycles will follow the present FIM Superstock rules. The price cap on brakes and suspensions will be the same as Superbike.
More details about the EVO technical rules will be available on the FIM Website shortly.
A draft of the new technical rules will be published on the FIM website by 26 August.