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, 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 WSBK 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.
In 2011 we had the incredible opportunity to try all three types of race bikes that BMW had to offer in the World Superbike Championship: the Superstock, SBK Satellite, and Factory SBK BMW S1000RR race bikes. So here we are in 2012, at the famous Misano circuit, with the S1000RR which won its first victories in the WSBK Championship. More competitive and intriguing than ever and as has become a tradition, we are again ready to try the newest racing bikes with the famous BMW propeller on their tanks.
We told KTM when we rode the 1198 RC8 R that it was the perfect bike for the track. Agile steering, gobs of v-twin power, sure-footed suspension…there really wasn’t anything more we could ask from the Austrian manufacturer (except maybe a price reduction and a free puppy with every purchase). Someone at KTM must have agreed with our sentiments, because the Ready to Race firm has taken that mantra to the next level with the 2011 KTM 1198 RC8 R Track, it’s ready to race incarnation of the KTM 1198 RC8 R.