As was expected, Bimota has been officially suspended from the remaining World Superbike rounds, in a statement by the FIM. The suspension comes after Bimota failed to meet the initial 125 unit volume, the FIM’s new magic number for superbike homologation, as it pertained to the Bimota BB3.
With only three rounds remaining in the 2014 World Superbike Championship, it’s doubtful that we’ll see Bimota return this season. However, Bimota can return to the race track if it meets the 125 unit homologation requirement, and will be able to race in 2015 if it can build 250 units by the end of this year.
Bimota was able to race this far in the season, thanks to a special rule made by the FIM, which put the Italian brand on the race track, but unable to keep any points from its finishing positions in the EVO Class until it reached the 125 unit mark.
Under this new rule, Bimota had four months to meet the 125 unit requirement. Its failure to meet it is the reason for its now suspension from WSBK racing. What this means for riders Ayrton Badovini and Christian Iddon, and for Team Alstare, remains to be seen.