BSB: The future's bright, the future's Evo…

A look at the new Evo-style regulations for the 2012 British Superbike Championship.
By Nick Manning

Having replaced the privateer BSB 'Cup' class in 2010, 2012 will see the standardisation of Evo-style rules across the grid, consolidating the two BSB classes at a stroke and heralding a new era for the biggest domestic Superbike championship in the world.

MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR), the BSB series organisers, consulted with teams and manufacturers during 2011 to finalise the new regulations.

Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of MSVR, stated that the main aim for the new rules is to "Drive down costs, whilst maintaining entertainment value during a challenging global climate".

The 2012 BSB regulations are very similar to this year's Evo regulations.

A production chassis and engine with a standardised ECU, the Motec M170, remains mandatory. In 2012 the rev ceiling will be increased by 250 rpm to 750 rpm above that of the production bike.

One set of gear ratios must be used for the entire 2012 season, whereas in 2011, two sets could be used.

Other new permitted modifications include: the replacing of con rods, which must be no lighter than the originals, the porting of inlet and exhaust ports, head skimming to increase compression. There will be no restriction on camshaft lift.

MSVR expect that power will decrease by 10-15 bhp over the previous WSBK spec engines. As in 2011, anti-wheelie, launch control and more importantly traction control will be unavailable from the mandatory ECU.

In essence, the rule changes are designed to focus on rider performance by creating closer equipment parity.

The new rules also effectively ban any direct manufacturer intervention. Evo bikes will cost less to build and maintain than their WSBK spec predecessors, with one estimate claiming that the build cost alone could be as little as a fifth of that of a previous top spec machine.

With the reduced power and banning of electronic assistance, it would not be unreasonable to expect drastically slower lap times, however the evidence seems to suggest otherwise.

In the final race of the season at the Brands Hatch GP circuit in October the race winner, Shane Byrne, completed the 20 laps in 29 minutes dead and setting a fastest lap of 1m 26.2s aboard his HM Plant Honda CBR1000.

Tagged as: Brands Hatch , EVO

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November 01, 2011 5:01 PM

@ Mick Sterbs Is it not the case that allowing a second bike would then double the equipment costs thus negating the cost saving measures? I think if anything we are likely to see even more closer racing than before. Look at Gowland on the EVO bike once the team got the bike sorted he was regularly in the top 10 of the field beating many supposedly superior machines. If the rules give parity to all equipment it will give better racing where rider talent is the main deciding factor rather than what team can pay for the most expensive trick performance enhancing electronics

@verizon.netroadking03 - Unregistered

November 03, 2011 5:19 AM

Now that they are saving all this money......They need to pay the riders, who put their butt on the line everytime they fire up that bike!!!!Also need to pay out a prize for the team and riders who finish on the podium!!!!! just my thoughts

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