WSBK » Badovini eyes EVO title with Bimota


Ayrton Badovini is setting his sights high ahead of the 2014 World Superbike Championship season as he targets the EVO title with Bimota Alstare.

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JimmyTheRealOne

January 14, 2014 1:34 PM

Badovini is not a bad rider. After he took the 2010 SSTK1000 season by storm I believe he became quite valued but in the following WSBK seasons he didn't show anything spectacular. IIRC he almost took the first BMW win ever (at Assen) but fell on wet track. I rate him similarly like Berger or Smrz... but he probably has money and therefore gets rides - unlike those two...

Fullofit

January 15, 2014 7:27 AM

100% correct V4

The Bimota has the right engine, but EVO rules don't allow Alstare to custom build a chassis and components around it.
They can use what they learn in 2014 to homologate a new 2015 spec BB3 ... assuming they can sell the quantities required.
But don't be surprised to see a BB3R on the showroom floors towards the end of 2014.

RSMick

January 15, 2014 7:57 AM
Last Edited 347 days ago

According to the rules as of 2013,
1.2.1
The manufacturer must have produced at least a quantity of 125 motorcycles prior to the homologation inspection (this number maybe adjusted upwards in 2013 for 2014 models). The motorcycle must be on sale to the public at that time.
The minimum of 500 units must have been produced by the 30th of June of the current year.

The things is there is nothing on the WSB website as of yet, maybe they are waiting to see if its another Batta/Bimota publicity stunt, last time I read that Xaus was there mentor. I thought Alstare were going to race Jaguars.

BooBoo123

January 15, 2014 1:14 PM

RSMick, there has been talk of amending the homologation rules for 2014, though I have a feeling Bimota may still have to be granted an exception to rule provided there is unanimous agreement from other teams.

I find it is telling that the official WSBK site hasn't run with this article yet, so I fear it still hasn't been entirely signed off...

Maybe Alstare (being masters of marketing) have revealed early to show it'd be a popular addition and push Dorna into a corner.

RSMick

January 15, 2014 2:11 PM

Boo, there has been talk of amending the Homologation rule, in the other direction to what Bimota need, this is to try and stamp out Homologation specials. If they want to develope a chassis there are classes to do that.
I also do not see any other manufacturers allowing special dispensation, and certainly not Dorna who won't be pushed who want everyone on equal terms.

I don't see where you get that Alstare are masters of marketing, unless your being sarcastic.

shamarone

January 16, 2014 3:32 AM
Last Edited 346 days ago

I would like to see the homologation count amended by half. and not just for Bimota, but I thought the change to a 2000 count was excruciatingly high
(draconian this). back in the day the likes of the FP1, and Benelli's Tornado (Peter Goddard anyone?) had problems with the lower number (500 or % of overall sales iirc) even Ducati and Aprilia struggled with it. if the increased # didn't reflect market conditions before...? it sure as hell doesn't now.

RSMick

January 16, 2014 8:11 AM
Last Edited 346 days ago

The FP1,Tornado and Bimota SB8 were only required to produce 75 at orginal homologation with 150 to be produced by June of that year, large manufacturers producing over a certain amount were 500/1000. Thats how Ducati and Aprilia were able to get the SP's, RR's or whatever they called the homologation specials. The fact that none of those 3 ever did just a lot of photocopies sort of showed you the policing of the championship. It went on for years, how many 0W01's or R7's or the SP2SP what ever it was called that Edwards used in the second half of 02 at 500k were actually produced? Ducati openly used a Pierobon chassis instead of a braced stock unit as per rules.
In 2000/2001 at the time when motogp were preparing the move to 4t, and Flamini's threats of court action (that never materialized again) Flamini scrapped the 19k kit rule for a production bike and openly invited prototypes into his championship.

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