FIM confirms 2015 EVO move, test ban

An in-season testing ban is confirmed for 2014, along with confirmation that the as-yet-confirmed EVO regulations will be adopted across the grid from 2015.
The World Superbike Championship will adopt new 'EVO' technical regulations across the grid from 2015, the FIM has confirmed.

Aimed at reducing costs and levelling the playing field for prospective new manufacturers and teams, the EVO rules will be introduced from 2014 as a separate sub-category in the WSBK field before being adopted across the board from 2015.

Though the exact nature of these regulations are still to be confirmed, the FIM declared in an official statement:

“All Superbikes will have to comply with the EVO technical regulations, in order to maintain the ongoing cost reduction process. The Superbike Commission is studying some modifications to those technical rules that will be announced by the end of 2013.

“The new changes should allow all Manufacturers entering the Championship to be competitive, as well as providing an easier route into the World Championship for National Championship Riders and Teams, either as a wildcard or as a permanent entry.”

In addition, the Superbike Commission has announced an in-season private testing ban that will run between the first race to the last, with three Official Tests being arranged on the Mondays following three as-yet-unconfirmed rounds instead.

Prior to that, the winter best ban will continue to be run from 1st December to 15th January, with overseas testing to be forbidden for contracted teams and riders. As was the case in 2013, Dorna will organise Official Testing in Phillip Island in the week prior to the opening round.

Meanwhile, in the Supersport class, it has been confirmed that six engines per season will be allowed, with only one gearbox option.

Notably, there is no mention of the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, suggesting the category could well be phased out for 2014 in an effort to attract teams to the WSBK class.

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October 06, 2013 7:49 AM

I'd love to know how they're going to police a no testing ban! Any team can run a satellite team in any domestic SBK championship with a minimal increase in overall budget - some already do, & test that night and day if they want to. & the FIM / Dorna cannot dictate testing restrictions in domestic championships.

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