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Chris Pike, Jonathan Rea's Pata Honda crew chief, believes the World Superbike series is moving in the right direction with regard to upcoming rule changes that will come into effect for 2015 but believes more could have been done to level the playing field.

The FIM and Dorna World Superbike organisation announced new rules in June in a bid to reduce costs and make the series more accessible to new teams, but there was surprise to see few concessions granted in the way of electronics.

Dorna brought Scott Smart in to replace the long-serving Steve Whitelock and Fabio Fazi as the class' Technical Director at the beginning of 2014 to oversee and finalise the rule changes as he sought to align the regulations with national superbike championships around the world.

When asked by whether the World Superbike commission have found a decent balance in making racing more even and affordable, Pike was mostly positive.

"The short answer is yes. I think they have done a good job of allowing for all the different base levels of the standard bikes. I think Scott had a massive task sorting this out. He came in with the right approach but probably had to concede too many things in the end to keep everyone happy."

Somewhat surprisingly, the regulations introduce the 'Superbike Kit System', which allows manufacturers to continue developing electronic software as long as it is made available to other teams running the same machinery, with three updates for theses teams scheduled throughout the season. Pike feels a control ECU would be a better option.

"My personal feeling is that they could have done more to make it more affordable by going down the road of a control ECU, but I can also understand why a manufacturer is not interested in racing with an ECU that has less functions than their standard road machine.

"But it hasn't saved the teams one cent in budget and is open to abuse in my opinion. As I understand it there is a price cap on what you can sell your electronics package to another team for but no price limit on what you can buy it for. It doesn't take too many brain cells to work out what is going to happen next does it? Time will ultimately tell if it's a good long-term solution though."

The Englishman, who is scheduled to move into the MotoGP class in 2015 as Scott Redding's crew chief with Marc VDS, also believes the British national championship is an example of successful, fixed-cost racing.

"I would look at BSB as a good Superbike series model. Once the teams have bought all the necessary equipment it's a relatively fixed cost. If you were to implement this rule in WSB, whichever manufacturer you chose to supply the control ECU would have a fairly high level of strategies available, it's just up to the organizing body to then decide which ones the teams are allowed to use. If I was making the rules it would be a control ECU... but I'm not."

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