WSBK » WSBK cost-cutting ‘framework’ agreed

A new cost-cutting framework has been agreed for the World Superbike Championship, with the first of three stages to be rolled out in 2014.

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June 07, 2013 2:26 PM

Seriously just go stock racing no 916sp, 996r, rvf750, yzfr7 limited run exotica.

My ideal of an ideal rule set would no electronics, tyres open to anything that is available to the public, brakes and suspension should a spec supplier cause loom at gp you cant be consistently competitive on showa and nissens, aftermarket exhaust etc, and have hrsepower cap of 210 or 210 and then just go racing.


June 07, 2013 2:36 PM

re: "The aim was focused on the reduction of cost"

the AIM is to neutralize the threat 25 years of WSBK's production relevance poses to the inherently fragile business model (owned by 1 man, ezpelata) that is grandprix. competition between "competitions" this.


June 07, 2013 2:45 PM

Agree with Talentfan, If you are limiting the cost of the whole bike why limit engines? Long-life engines are more expensive. The total cost of this type of engine must be less than the cost of replacing regular competitive engines over a season to be a cost savings. Has anyone done a study on this, I doubt it. This is another way the manufacturers hype leasing and make big profits off teams. Leasing is always a money making deal for the manufacturers and a bad idea for the sport. Any good team should be able to maintain their engines, this is a world championship after all.


June 07, 2013 2:51 PM

As for "electronic" limit them to what comes on the bike off a showroom floor. That's just common sense and I've seen this expressed so many times here and in other forums that it's clearly evident that this is a way to control costs. BSB is heading in the right direction but even more can be done to control rider electronic aids which IMHO damage competitionand the development of essential rider skills on the road!


June 07, 2013 2:54 PM

Prices down and grid numbers up is the intention, now if they succeed in that then surely we will all be happy? I'd love to see 30+ bikes on the grid again.

I am all for the concept...let's see if it works in practice. Is is to a degree in BSB...


June 07, 2013 2:55 PM


All this class needs to do is get rid of traction control, it would be soo much better with out it. Put WSS on proper slicks and get rid of TC in that class too. Maybe even more tire choices :), fun.


June 07, 2013 2:58 PM
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What would be a good idea would be if all the major national level championships independent of Dorna such as BSB, AMA, ASBK, DTM, that italian one whatever other euro national champs there are, japanese championship sat down and actually asked tye question how could we make it so that our best national superbike riders can enter as a wild card on the same level machinery as the top wsbk riders so that the only difference at the end of the day is a little bit of luck and raw talent.

Sasha Alexandrovich

June 07, 2013 3:10 PM

SBK racing is in fact in decline commercially. Lacking appeal, lacking spectators, lacking exposure. Grids go down, sponsors leave. Sales of this type of bikes has plummeted. Strange that they want to do something about costs?
And more durable engines cost less if you combine it with stock rules for it. Factories will not rise the cost of the over the counter bike because they do not sell at the moment anyway. So they will have to race with a stock engine and rely on parts selection and airflow through the engine (f.e. exhaust) to get maximum reliable power. WSBK wanted to beat 500cc racing so much that they have let it run totally out of control.


June 07, 2013 3:19 PM

re: "they seem determined to foul up WSBK like the have MotoGP"

not "they"... he. let's be clear, there is no they. these are the deliberate machinations of a single individual (1 man) looking to ensure his financial survival at the expense of countless/numerous others. s1 contends, nothing we are witnessing/about to witness is the result of accident or mistake.

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