The World Superbike paddock is gearing up for 2018 with a number of teams beginning testing on next year’s machines which will also give series organisers the opportunity to assess any technical regulation rule changes.

Current updates to the rules being assessed are a unified electronic control unit for the World Superbike grid, similar to the one used in MotoGP, while a rev limiter is an option open to organisers as it aims to bring performance equality across all manufacturers.

It is believed the FIM has put forward a proposal to introduce a single ECU to the MSMA [World Superbike manufacturer association] which is currently being assessed for 2018 but could face a delay until the 2019 season.

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A second change to bring manufacturer equality is creating a rev limiter for World Superbike machines taken from the standard model of each make. Speaking to Eurosport TV in Portimao, Jonathan Rea says it will be something his Kawasaki Racing Team will experiment with during the in-season test at the Portuguese circuit today (18th September).

“With the expected regulation changes for next year to try and even out the whole field we are testing for 2018 so it is all work, work, work,” Rea said. “Nothing is for sure yet but they may look to cap revs on all bikes based on the standard models and that will affect us quite a lot as we have a lot more RPM than the standard model.

“That means it is almost back to what we had in 2015 when I had to have a high corner speed bike using a lot of momentum, which is more my style, so if I can remember how I used to ride it back then we should be okay.”

Initial work on testing possible technical rule changes is believed to have begun at Lausitzring last month with the Portimao test providing further information for all teams before the series organisers announces any official rule changes for 2018.

Series organisers Dorna introduced a rev limit rule in its new World Supersport 300 class this season to provide parity between manufacturers. The max RPM of each bike was adjusted from the Lausitzring ring onwards, with Honda CBR500R machines losing 1,000RPM (10,500RPM to 9,500RPM), Yamaha YZF-R3 bikes losing 150RPM (13,000RPM to 12,850RPM) while the Kawasaki Ninja 300’s RPM remained unchanged at 13,000RPM.

In the championship’s maiden campaign, Kawasaki has claimed three wins – including Ana Carrasco’s historic maiden female win in a world motorcycle championship – with Honda and Yamaha taking two wins each.


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I didn't see a dominant double win from Rea and Kawasaki at Portimao because regulations favour them I saw it because Rea and Kawasaki personel put the effort in. How can regulations be faulted for the current state of WSBK when Leon Camier in a one rider team, that probably has one of the smallest budgets on the grid, nearly embarrassed a factory Ducati rider in Saturdays race? - because the effort is put in by ALL the team.

I think there are a few riders and teams in WSBK that need a good kick up the arse for their poor results and to stop blaming regulations for their lack of success. Kawasaki were in the wilderness for a long time before Sykes got them their first 1000cc WSBK title but the way some team managers whinge you'd think Kawaski have been winning title after title since WSBK's inception.

To the majority of the World Superbike paddock - try harder, do better.

organisers as it aims to bring performance equality across all manufacturers.

May as well make it like moto 3 then and have a standard engine for all

The begining of the end for world superbikes

Yea because Spec ECU in MotoGP has spiralled it to its doom isn't it VALSP?  Are you mad that Kawa and Rea won't be having free wins and wrapping up title very early like they used to once competition is evened up? Lol

Wsbk go Motogp's way.

CHALLENGER18 Sep 2017 02:09 I didn't see a dominant I didn't see a dominant double win from Rea and Kawasaki 

Me neither, because they were safely cruising to a win on a dominant bike in a series where no other manufacturer is bothered to put much money in.

Empty grandstands was what I saw, boring racing. Divided over 2 days. Let them start with bringing back all races to sunday. 1st race on saturday is a really effed up idea. And go back to the idea of classic Superbike racing, a road bike, for all I care a 200 run 50k limited SP version of a road bike, fit it with slicks, a different exhaust and take out the airfilter and race that stuff. For a nice budget, easy to build a bike for that. Wildcards could be interesting again.

Now SBK is a dead series which nobody outside the UK watches anymore. 


Its now time to force Kawasaki to go play with the big boys instead of walking around like a dog with 2 tails dominating the third tier of bike racing. Showroom standard bikes capped at 200hp,  no manufacturer involvement, sink, swim, entertain, or evolve. Back to 2 races on a Sunday and ignore the moaning of the performing monkeys.

The aim of racing is to show which manufacturer + rider combination is the best.  Introducing constraints to negate Kawasaki's success is just penalising them for having superior skills. Whatever happened to a "level playing field ?" 

As for same rpm ceiling as the road bike derivative ? That won't work. All Kawasaki have to do is add a new mode to the big Ninja road bike which allows a higher rev limit, while also adding other constraints which prevent that limit being reached (and blowing up the motor!).

This is just Dorna killing off the series that a few short years ago was better to watch than Moto go. The Flammini brothers knew how to run the show but they were not Spanish. Dorna has invested heavily in the GP series and are protecting their investment by killing off the competition. Perhaps they should encourage more Spanish riders to come to the series. Would they still be trying to kill it off if there was a Spanish champion? I think not. They are dishonouring Greg Lavilla, Carlos Checa etc.

WSBK is a series, based on stock machines ... so ... make the series fully stock, the rest will/should be done by the manufactures/teams.

MotoGP is a prototype series, so ... go ahead, play around with the machines, as long and much as you want ... no one will really care.

WSBK is a series, based on stock machines blah blah blah


why make WSBK stock?

is WRC stock??
is WTCC stock??
is DTM stock??

stop repeting ''series based should stay stock'' nonsense.


wsbk is what real motorcycle entusiast watch or should watch, motogp is all about rossi vs someone, hell, even my wife watches it. once he's out, it's over