WSBK » First team announces 2014 WSBK EVO move

H-Moto becomes the first team to formally announce its plans to step up to the new-look World Superbike EVO Championship in 2014.

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August 13, 2013 12:27 PM

now how exactly are the older spec bikes like the Honda and Suzuki gonna keep up in this "superstock" spec series in 2014? gonna be a shame seeing the variety being takena away as only bmw, aprila and kawasaki will be contesting


August 13, 2013 1:27 PM

I just don't like having 2 classes mixed in one race. I would like to see close, fair racing, where anyone could win (given the talent of course). In many ways this may be a step in the right direction, in others, it may become very confusing.

Perhaps this is the beginning of the integration of WSBK and Moto2?

More bikes on the grid is a good thing, but signing up backmarkers isn't necessarily a crowd pleaser.


August 13, 2013 3:19 PM

It seemed to work very well in omestic series so overall I think its a good thing for sure. And hopefully H-Moto should be the first of a number of new faces on the grid.

And Suzuki and Honda in the Evo class should be on a fairly level playing field. With limits on electronics and engines the rules should eliminate the downfalls of the urrent Ten Kate and Crescent bikes.


August 13, 2013 4:29 PM

I dont like 2 integrated classes either but i think its a step towards wsbk being solely evo and dorna getting their wish and have the main manufacturers like aprillia,kawasaki, suzuki all coming back to moto gp!! means more factory bikes in gp which is good but bad for wsbk and will make it much harder for a rider to progress from there to gp than it already is

The big manufacturers can also stay in wsbk and be in moto gp eventually as wsbk will be so cheap to run in!


August 13, 2013 5:39 PM

I can't see how a team can attract meaningful sponsorship by entering a sub-class which is assured of being disadvantaged in every contest with no hope of winning a race. The factory backed teams get all the glory and the 'evo" teams pay for the opportunity of losing, great formula! It's not competition, it's show biz baby!


August 13, 2013 8:19 PM

Search this on youtube PL20D51568E24C939C

Only factory is Ducati, the rest are importers, tuners and privateers, bikes about equivalent to the EVO although chassis and suspension no where near WSB now spec.

For those of you who like big grids just look at this at a time when 500s were at their lowest.


August 14, 2013 4:29 PM

My take on this is.
Superstock should be "true" stock class with a 100% stock engine even not blueprinted, just of the showroom floor. But allow aftermarket exhaust just to get some racing sounds from the engine and a piggyback computer just to play with the fuel mixture. Stock brakes with minor mods for racing performance( pads and brake lines). Suspension stock. street legal tires and race fairing. As close to the real world as it can get and no "trick" engine mods that not the "average biker" can´t get on his bike.

"EVO" it what they are racing now in the Superbike class in BSB, but it is not superstock spec motors. I think they can do modification to the head and airbox and run racing exhaust and all have the same Motec ecu. I like this "down to earth " approach in BSB. The bikes have seriously tuned engine, but nothing that is completely out of line with what should be in a production based series. I think a heavily modified brakes and supension and a some trick stuff here and


August 14, 2013 4:30 PM

there is fully justified. Because racing fans want to see the best stuff , but still with that "real world" connection. Stuff that you and me could possible go and buy.
I think WSBK should follow BSB because this formula works. BSB provide us with great racing and in return the fans have come to see the show. The series as gained popularity.
Maybe WSBK want to have the "EVO" class with Superstock engines for next year just to see how much performance difference comes from the engine alone. But I think they should run a true Superstock class and then an BSB like EVO class. Because superbikes have to connect to the bikes, the fans are riding. If not the will lose both fans and competitors as we have seen. Motogp is the place, where the fantasies can take place and the computer nerds can play.


August 15, 2013 2:02 PM

Isn't it obvious that this is a transitional period? Something had to be done to fix the format and it's not like one single person has dictated the rules. This is an agreement between all the associations and I welcome the teams taking the opportunity to step up a class.

Rules can't just change in one go and expect everyone to stay, this is the softly approach that will encourage teams with lower budgets to join while keeping the bigger teams happy that they haven't wasted money with scrapping their long term plans. I'm sure eventually everyone will be on the same rules and even if the EVO class stays it could be a good thing. It worked in BSB and for riders like Shakey where he proved his worth battling with the big boys on an EVO in his early career.

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