The FIM has confirmed changes to the World Superbike Championship for the 2014 season and onward. Following in the footsteps of the MotoGP Championship, WSBK will go to an eight-engine allocation (per rider, per season), have a limited number of gear ratios, as well as price caps on brake and suspension pieces. Pretty standard fare.

More intriguing though is the announcement by the FIM that World Superbikes will have a sub-category: the EVO class. British motorbike race fans will find the term familiar but for the rest of us, the distinction is simple.

The WSBK EVO class will follow the same rules as the standard WSBK-spec machine in regards to chassis, suspension, and braking components, but will follow the FIM Superstock rules when it comes to engines and electronic systems. The press release is after the jump.

FIM Superbike World Championship 2014 Rules

Following various meetings between the FIM, Dorna and the MSMA, a new framework has been put in place for the progressive application of the new Superbike rules. The new rules are aimed at reducing costs for the motorcycle and its components.

1. The rules changes for the 2014 FIM Superbike World Championship season will be as follows:

  • A limited number of engines (eight) per rider/per season.
  • A limited number of gear ratios.
  • A price cap on the brakes.
  • A price cap on the suspensions.

2. In order to ensure that there are a sufficient number of riders with competitive motorcycles on the grid, the MSMA has agreed to provide, on request, a complete motorcycle package at a fixed prize, for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The motorcycle packages supplied will be the same as those used by the manufacturer and will receive certain updates and maintenance from the manufacturers during the season.

3. Under the new rules, there will be a sub-category known as the EVO class. This class will follow the FIM Superbike technical regulations for all chassis, suspension and brake components. On the engine and electronics side, however, these motorcycles will follow the present FIM Superstock rules. The price cap on brakes and suspensions will be the same as Superbike.

More details about the EVO technical rules will be available on the FIM Website shortly.

A draft of the new technical rules will be published on the FIM website by 26 August.

Source: FIM

  • sideswipeasaurus

    Back to race on Sunday, sell on Monday rather than a soft GP series. This could work.

  • 2ndclass

    Definitely good news for the series. WSBK development is getting out of control, hopefully this will put more bikes on the grid, particularly getting the factories to provide machines at a set cost.

  • Rs

    So does this EVO class run with the superbikes? Or is it a totally new class? Or does it replace Superstock?

  • Mariani

    I have the same questions as you.

    Anyway, I don’t think WSBK should be downplayed all the way down Superstock route, as I see place for both categories to co-exist. Just ban the damned electronics and I’ll be a happy bloke.

  • Norm G.

    re: “Definitely good news for the series.”

    MotoGP series.

    re: “WSBK development is getting out of control”

    sayeth ezpelata.

  • james

    By the sound of it the evo class will run in the same race as the wsbk’s, much like teh CRT’s currently are in moto gp. I’m guessing there will be a seperate leaderboard for them and an evo championship etc.

    The bit that intrigues me though was point 2? does that mean you can approach the msma and say i’d like a rsv-4 plus support and here’s 500,000 euros (for example) then they get the bike and support for the rest of the season?

    If so then this is definitely a winner as there should b no more losses like HTM Racing and Effenbert etc halfway through the season.

  • smiler

    If the Evo class is a replacement for superstocks then this is likely a good idea though it will provide competition to BSB. Which up until now has been a strong feeder class to WSBK.

    My concern is that Dorna are downgrading WSBK. Superbike sales have been shrinking for a while because of demographics. So if development does not attract teams but the race on Sunday buy on Monday idea why is it Aprilia are thinking of leaving and BMW have already left?
    perhaps making the evo class is a good idea. But perhaps better would be to revise the WSBK rules and replace superstocks with a naked race format?

  • Norm G.

    re: “My concern is that Dorna are downgrading WSBK…”

    …for no other reason than to put down the threat of competition.

    “This will be a day long remembered. It has seen the end of Kenobi, it will soon see the end of the Rebellion.” (vader voice)

  • meatspin

    to me, WSBK, should be as thus- I should be able to go into my dealer and purchase a motorcycle and with a few performance mods not more than say 50k USD be able to have a motorbike capable of winning a superbike race given that I have the talent to do so.

  • Gutterslob

    RE: “…why is it Aprilia are thinking of leaving and BMW have already left?”

    Politically correct answer;
    Both Aprilia and BMW think they provide a good enough base package, and since they can’t do much development with the new rules, they’re leaving the racing to private teams.

    My answer;
    Aprilia tend to use about 800 engines per season, so cutting back to 8 doesn’t sound so viable to them. BMW have spent a bazillion dollars and still haven’t won a SBK championship, so they’re leaving now to save face (blaming new rules) since there’s no hope for them once the cost-cutting comes in.

  • Norm G.

    re: “BMW have spent a bazillion dollars and still haven’t won a SBK championship”

    however (comma) they HAVE won 2 superstock titles and may yet be on for a 3rd. with the rules changing, these victories are actually greater than they could’ve ever imagined. wait, they’re bavarian boffins, OF COURSE they’ve imagined this. how silly of me to think otherwise.

  • @ Gutterslob. Currently Aprilia uses a motor over a race weekend cause there’s no engine rule in place so why not. I’m sure they would have no problem running 12 engines a year since they already comply to limited engines in their CRT bikes. As far as BMW is concerned they figure a title would have come a lot easier.

  • Gutterslob

    @Norm G
    Hence my politically correct answer about them deciding they have a good base bike for a non-factory team to win on.

    Yes, and I’m sure many other teams run quite a lot of engines as well. I watch WSBK on Eurosport, and a few races ago when Guinters had an engine failure, the commentators were discussing Aprilia supposedly limiting their engines in an attempt to condition themselves for next year’s (rumored at the time, since these rules weren’t officially announced yet) rule changes, and they were having a lot of difficulty.

  • Part of racing pushing to the limit then throttle back just a hair. Every single bike on the grid is tuned pretty high. Sykes had a pretty spectacular blow up 2 weeks ago looked like a rod flying out !

  • Norm G.

    re: “I’m sure they would have no problem running 12 engines a year since they already comply to limited engines in their CRT bikes.”

    right now there is an engineer in noale thinking about slitting his wrists vertically.