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Superstock to be phased out?

The Superstock 1000 and 600 classes could be dropped from 2014 to allow the Superbike class to assume new 'stock-inspired' regulations.
The 2013 World Superbike Championship will get underway in just over six weeks' time, but attention is already turning to 2014 when the series is set to undergo a revolution under the new stewardship of Dorna, one that could see an entirely new class structure put in place.

Many questions have been posed since MotoGP owners Dorna were announced as the new series organisers for the World Superbike Championship, but while a general meeting with the teams has taken place in recent weeks to discuss potential changes, more formal meetings are set to take place later in the year.

With this in mind, Dorna are expected to propose a revised class structure that will see both the Superstock 600 and Superstock 1000 classes dropped to make way for a new single class, potentially an all-new 250cc championship.

According to Italian publication Motorsprint, Dorna's motivation for dropping the Superstock class is to provide sufficient room for both Superbike and Supersport categories to be realigned into having a closer 'stock' relation to their production bases.

Dorna believes such a move would potentially reduce costs - thus luring new teams to the series -, while a three class structure could prove an easier sell for television rights too.

However, critics have argued that Dorna's intention to 'slow' Superbikes down is also a deliberate attempt to boost the reputation of MotoGP, which has seen flagging grid numbers in recent years and has come into criticism for uneventful races, particularly when compared with its 'rival' production-based championship.

PTR Honda team manager Simon Buckmaster recently gave an insight into forthcoming changes to both the Superbike and Supersport classes, claiming a control ECU is likely to be introduced for 2014.

As it stands, the Superstock 1000 class is around 4-5secs a lap slower than the current Superbike category.



Tagged as: Dorna , superstock

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Stavros - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 9:38 AM

Good move, long overdue. The reason we have such a small WSBK grid now is that the factory bikes in particular are so tricked out they might as well be prototypes. I like WSBK BECAUSE it's supposed to be production based, but the reality has been a long way removed from that for quite some time. And there is just no need for WSBK to be so bleeding edge, the road bikes themselves are super fast as is. beef up the suspension and engine sure, but there is just no need for gazillion dollar aftermarket electronics packages and technicians. IMO if the bike comes off the showroom floor with TC then it should be allowed to use the STOCK setup, but all aftermarket electronic packages and software should be banned. I would also like to see success ballast applied to all bikes, not just the Ducati. Superstock is really a second tier feeder class, so maybe all that's needed is a name change rather than getting rid of it lock stock and barrel. Just call it B grade or something.

motofan - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 8:41 AM

Dorna have been here for 5 minutes and already the rumour mill is turning. Removing the superstock classes is a bad idea, they've so much action and act as an awesome feeder class for sbk and ssk. Bringing in a 250cc class? Daft idea, plain daft. Sounds like they're trying to lessen world superbike to try and make MotoGP seem bigger rather than actually looking to fix their f... ups



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