As anticipated, the FIM has confirmed a new homologation procedure has been agreed by the Superbike commission in an effort to better reflect the current situation of the motorcycling industry.

Originally introduced to ensure greater parity amongst manufacturers by ensuring they must produce a set number of road-going bikes in line with what they plan to race - thus eliminating the prospect of niche, racing honed bikes being entered - , the previous homologation rules stated that 1000 examples of a bike must be produced.

However, motivated by last month's much discussed entry submitted by Bimota, which doesn't have the capacity to meet such requirements, the FIM have duly revised the numbers.

Though considered a veiled attempt to ensure Bimota can compete, the FIM also says the revisions are designed to reflect the current state of the motorcycling industry, which has seen sales and production drop significantly in recent years.

As such, the FIM has approved the following homologation changes:

- The minimum number of units to start the homologation procedure will be 125.
- At the end of the first year of participation, manufacturers will have to reach 250 units.
- At the end of the second year of participation, manufacturers will have to reach 1000 units.

Though this limit is still seen to be ambitious for Bimota, which is planning to enter two EVO bikes for Ayrton Badovini and Christian Iddon under the Alstare banner, the FIM hints that further amendments and discussions could be made following the opening round at Phillip Island this weekend.



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