World Superbike sporting director Gregorio Lavilla has confirmed the 2018 technical regulation changes are expected to be published on Wednesday after an initial delay caused by final clarifications requests

The 2018 technical rules were set to be published on Friday (20th October) but have been delayed until next Wednesday (25th October) after a number of manufacturers asked for wording clarification on the changes.

Lavilla has explained the five-day stalling is because some manufacturers split their key technical heads between MotoGP and World Superbike and with the Australian MotoGP taking place this weekend at Phillip Island a delay on publishing the rules was requested.

“We were expecting to be able to announce it on Friday but there is the Australian MotoGP this weekend and some of the manufacturers share the information with some of the technicians at the GP,” Lavilla said on Eurosport TV. “So it was not the right timing and they asked us to give a little bit of extra time. We believe by Wednesday next week we will be able to announce it.

“We put the new proposals actually in the rules and that could provide different interpretations. The main concept and ideas have already been agreed. Sometimes there are very precise people who want to understand the meaning of the wording. We will move ahead and will define the little details.”

Key to the technical changes are expected to centre around standardising some parts to provide parity between customer and factory-support World Superbike teams, while a potential rev limiter could be installed from the standard model of each bike.

A number of World Superbike squads have been trialing a rev limiter during private testing in recent weeks to provide information to teams and series organisers’ Dorna ahead of any official rule changes for 2018.

Lavilla is keen to see any technical rule changes maintain “high standards but make it more accessible” to all teams having seen the World Superbike championship become dominated by the factory Kawasaki and Ducati outfits in recent seasons.

“When I talk to new teams and new projects they felt like in reality it made them a bit scared to come here as it was quite a high level and the existing manufacturers are putting the bar really high,” he said. “We’ve been searching for a formula that means we can have the ability to control certain costs and be accessible. Manufacturers have been really supportive to now supply certain, important parts of the machinery to the rest of the teams.

“Today we already have two manufacturers doing this, Aprilia and Ducati, offering a bike ready to race package but the others the teams need to build the bikes themselves. We were asking for a bit more from all teams and we are helping them to get that by manufacturers supplying these parts to everyone.

“Let’s say we are raising the balance but not at a high cost which means everyone on a budget will be able to reach that level. What is important is to maintain the high standards but make it more accessible to everyone.

“The rev limiter is a concept of a balancing system which today works between twins and four strokes regarding high rev restrictors. We’ve been finding out and analysing with everyone that certain levels cannot be reached if you don’t have certain support.

“We’ve asked what is the level you will accept which gives good racing but not at a huge cost. Honestly, everyone has been really proactive trying to reach the new goal which is good.”


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