The Ducati 1199 Panigale R is to receive special dispensation in the technical regulations with a view to making the machine more competitive compared with its four-cylinder rivals, it has been announced.

The Italian machine made its BSB debut in 2012, but has struggled for competitiveness since then and is yet to score a top six finish.

For 2014, just a single Ducati entry has been submitted by Millsport, with former World Superbike Championship rider Jakub Smrz signed for riding duties. Despite the team's rookie status, Czech rider Smrz has been quick in testing, with top five performances in all three pre-season tests.

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Now it has been revealed that this has been made partially possible by BSB organisers MSVR authorising the use of a 'defined, readily available alternative production specification piston from the Ducati 1199 Superbike range, whilst at the same time reducing the rev limit to 500rpm over standard from the theoretical 750rpm.'

Following the test, MSVR has now recommended to series governing body, the MCRCB, of an extension in dispensation for the first three events initially, together with a further reduction in the rev limit with a ceiling of 12,250rpm, 250rpm over standard.

Ducati is not the only manufacturer to received a small amendment in the standard technical regulations, with Yamaha permitted to use a modified airbox on the R1, while the Honda CBR1000RR utilises an engine braking/air bleed system to compensate for not having an adequare standard engine braking actuator.