FIM Hints at Homologation Rule Changes for WSBK

01/17/2014 @ 10:25 am, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

FIM Hints at Homologation Rule Changes for WSBK World Superbike logo 635x425

With the recent announcement that Alstare and Bimota are to join forces, and headed to go race in the World Superbike Championship, many wondered how the boutique Italian brand would meet the homologation requirements, established for WSBK racing, with the Bimota BB3 superbike.

A similar eyebrow was raised when Erik Buell Racing announced its intention to switch from AMA Pro Road Racing to World Superbike, as the OEM clearly didn’t have the manufacturing capacity to produce the requisite number of motorcycles according to the FIM’s timetable.

Well those questions seemed to have been answered, as the FIM has released a statement — well more a statement promising a future statement — that hints at future rule changes for homologation requirments.

Citing the sport bike market and current economy as its basis of reasoning, it would seem that the FIM is set to significantly lower the bar for homolgation in World Superbike, as a way to bring in new manufacturers. What this will mean for current OEMs, like Honda for example, and how they will game the system, remains to be seen.

Statement from the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM):

The FIM welcomes new motorcycle manufacturers wishing to participate in one or more FIM World Championships. With reference to the FIM Superbike World Championship, there are rules and requirements which have to be observed and fulfilled. As a result, the required minimum quantity of produced units necessary to obtain homologation are reviewed periodically to run parallel to the motorcycle market.

As an illustration, the FIM and the Superbike Commission have in the past adjusted the minimum quantities of motorcycles to be produced to participate due to the worldwide economic market situation. Such a change was adopted in 2009. Another change was made due to the market situation in 2012 when the market situation for motorcycles in the sport section was of great concern. We have started discussions within the Superbike Commission to modify these numbers.

An official announcement will be made by the end of January.

Source: WorldSBK

Comment:

  1. JoeD says:

    Really good news. Please oh please let Benelli see this and consider a limited factory effort. Their triples are awesome. Relax the requirements and more can play. Good for every one. AMA/DMG with 4 races is hardly world class anymore despite having talented riders.

  2. Norm G. says:

    re: “What this will mean for current OEMs, like Honda for example, and how they will game the system, remains to be seen.”

    no worries, bimota drops to 100 units, Honda doubles to 4000. (gavel bangs)

    secretary, the court will now take a 10min recess. when I return from chambers, please have the next case ready for me to rule on.

  3. CraigG says:

    Great idea! More brands=more competition=more innovation!

  4. Bluey says:

    EBR has the manufactureing capacity to meet homologation requirements.

  5. derrrr says:

    KTM, Yamaha and Benelli, and we´re complete

  6. Mariani says:

    This should be interesting. If anything, changes like these could prompt the Japanese to up their game again.

  7. TexusTIm says:

    well i understand “bending” or changing the rules to have more manufactors in the game but lets be sure they actually make more than a “handfull” to race or otherwise only the super connected will ever see the street version or be able to afford it…this type of move makes for one off race bikes that do no come close to the street version…and WSBK is all about what you can buy…anyway lets see how competitive they are…BRING ON THE SEASON DAMIT.

  8. sideswipeasaurus says:

    This is promising considering the state of affairs in racing and the motorcycle market the last few years.
    Dorna making efforts to curb SBK racing from road bike derived “prototype by another name” towards a more realistic formula that allows smaller manufacturers and teams compete. Now the FIM tailoring the homologation rules to reflect where sport bikes are in the industry and economic climate today. More bikes closer to their street roots for a productions series with healthy good competition. A good direction I’d say. Fingers crossed.

  9. Norm G. says:

    re: “only the super connected will ever see the street version or be able to afford it”

    it’s a Bimota… this was always going to be the case.

    re: “WSBK is all about what you can…”

    …discipline yourself, delay gratification, and save up for.

  10. Norm G. says:

    re: “Dorna making efforts to curb SBK racing from road bike derived “prototype by another name” towards a more realistic formula that allows smaller manufacturers and teams compete.”

    not their motive, just a cover story they’re hoping you laymen will latch on to. mind your footing, this is not some “great savior to motorcycling”… this is the same principal/organization currently holding a subpoena with Schwantz’s name on it.

    (to paraphrase JB)

    so remember, every time you forget this God kills a kitten… you would do well to think of the kittens.

  11. TexusTim says:

    @Norm I do and I did..I am more than happy with my 2012 CBR1000RR HRC model, now as soon as these “bridgehards” wear down I will put on a set of sticky pirelli super corsa’s and I”ll be super happy.
    Never had to have a over priced superbike..sure there cool I guess but nothing’s like a well sorted out Honda.
    I think KS will come out on top of this thing in the end…very poor taste for COTA to throw him off the circuit..I did my thing there I wont be back.