October 17, 2022
Big news in Superbike
The Superbike Commission, made up of Messrs. Gregorio Lavilla (Dorna, WorldSBK Executive Director), Franck Vayssié (FIM Commission of Circuit Racing Director), Biense Bierma (MSMA General Secretary), coordinated by Paul Duparc (FIM Commission of Circuit Racing Manager – SBK Commission secretary), with the presence of Jorge Viegas (FIM President), Ludovic Reignier (FIM WorldSBK Technical Director), Roland Berger (FIM CTI Director) and Scott Smart (FIM WorldSBK Technical Director), made the following decisions in Portimao on 6 and 8 October.
In keeping with the other FIM World Championships, it was approved that “when the podium is located in the pit lane or above, the pit lane cannot be opened during the podium ceremony”. This is to avoid any safety issues in the pitlane.
Allocation of wild cards
When submitting a wildcard candidate to the SBK Commission, National Federations must ensure and validate that the quality of the rider, his staff, his equipment and the presentation of his team are compatible with the level of the FIM Superbike World Championship.
Creation of a Super Concession concept
A revised concession point system has been adopted which will award concession points to more competitors in order to capture a better balance of the relative performance of the bikes.
The concession points will be totaled every three events and then the qualified manufacturers will switch to a “Performance Calculator” (all details in the rules). The results may allow manufacturers to upgrade existing concessions or switch to super concessions.
Superconcessions for 2022 are based on the chassis. By allowing for a greater range of adjustments, manufacturers will be able to tune their machines for the intense level of competition that World Superbike is famous for.
Since the first SBK Commission meeting on Thursday 6 October, this Super Concessions concept has been used, mainly to test the concept for the end of the 2022 season and to prepare for the 2023 season.
Price limitation of Sport Production machines
Due to the global economic situation and the inflation recorded, the FIM wanted to consider the evolution of the costs of production machines for 2023. A general proposal for a maximum percentage increase in the maximum retail price of production models approved. The exact amounts and percentages will be published at a later stage.
Sustainable fuel for all WorldSBK classes
The SBK Commission has decided to introduce sustainable fuel for all classes of WorldSBK starting from the 2024 season, with a minimum sustainable fuel content of 40%. The E40 fuel must comply with the specifications adopted for the MotoGP.