2014 WSBK rule changes, EVO class announced

Limits on engine changes, an end to superior bikes at factory teams, plus a new EVO class for WSBK in 2014
The following rule changes, aimed at "reducing costs for the motorcycle and its components", have just been announced for the 2014 World Superbike Championship.

The full statement can be seen below, but the highlights are:

MotoGP-style limits on engine changes, an end to manufacturers providing superior bikes to factory or favoured teams - all official machinery will be available on request - plus the introduction of a new EVO class using Superstock specification engines and electronics...

"Following various meetings between the FIM, Dorna and the MSMA, a new framework has been put in place for the progressive application of the new Superbike rules. The new rules are aimed at reducing costs for the motorcycle and its components.

"1. The rules changes for the 2014 FIM Superbike World Championship season will be as follows:
* A limited number of engines (eight) per rider/per season.
* A limited number of gear ratios.
* A price cap on the brakes.
* A price cap on the suspensions.

"2. In order to ensure that there are a sufficient number of riders with competitive motorcycles on the grid, the MSMA [Manufacturers' Association] has agreed to provide, on request, a complete motorcycle package at a fixed price, for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. The motorcycle packages supplied will be the same as those used by the manufacturer and will receive certain updates and maintenance from the manufacturers during the season.

"3. Under the new rules, there will be a sub-category known as the EVO class. This class will follow the FIM Superbike technical regulations for all chassis, suspension and brake components. On the engine and electronics side, however, these motorcycles will follow the present FIM Superstock rules. The price cap on brakes and suspensions will be the same as Superbike."

Tagged as: 2014

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August 09, 2013 4:59 PM

It might make the grids bigger but the factory teams and top riders will be looking even more to quit WSBK and move to MotoGP. J.Rea and Melandri are just 2 of the names trying to make the switch before WSBK becomes a glorified production class, while up and coming riders like Sam Lowes are now likely to skip World Superbikes altogether and move straight to Moto2. Seems to me that dis-incentivising factory teams from competing, and drawing top riders away from the championship is all to the greater benefit of MotoGP rather than WSBK.

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