Grid format and technical updates set to be a talking point in the New Year

The Superbike Commission composed of Gregorio Lavilla (WSBK Sporting Department Director), Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA Representative), Rezsö Bulcsu (FIM CCR Director) in the presence of Messrs Daniel Carrera (Dorna), Paul Duparc, Charles Hennekam and Scott Smart (FIM) in a meeting held in Madrid at the beginning of the month, made the following changes to the 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike & Supersport World Championships Regulations.

MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship Sporting Regulations

Slight changes have been carried out to the Sporting rules concerning mainly the meanings of the signalling flags or riders behaviours. In each class, 2 wild card riders will be allocated for each event and the deadline for presenting the wild card candidature will be extended to 90 days for overseas event.

The formation of the grid for Race 2 will now be decided following race results from Saturday. Superpole results will continue to define starting positions for riders who finished in 10th position or lower, however the front of the grid will now be determined on Race One results.

The front three rows will be affected in the following way:

·        Top three riders move back to row three and see 1st and 3rd reverse their positions.

·        Riders who finished in 4th, 5th and 6th will be promoted to the front row.

·        Riders who finished in 7th, 8th and 9th will start from the second row.

A new and updated time schedule across the weekend is to be defined which means we will see changes to how the WorldSBK race weekend is played out, especially with the introduction of the World Supersport 300 series.

There is also to be a ban of the use of scooters in order to aid track familiarization in the build up to or over a race weekend. However, walking the track or the use of push bikes will be permitted, as seen in MotoGP.

On a similar note there is set to be a prevention of machines at the back of the grid for race formation which is again mirroring the regulations of MotoGP.

FIM Supersport World Championship (600 class) will welcome an introduction of flag to flag races, meaning we will see Supersport motorcycles change tyres during a race when conditions change.

As from 2017, the FIM Superstock 1000cc Cup becomes a European Championship under the name of European Superstock 1000 Championship.

Technical Regulations

Various technical changes are to be implemented into WorldSBK for 2017, and despite some only being minor it will see a large impact on the series.

FIM Superbike World Championship

Airbox regulations have been updated meaning sensors will now be allowed to change.  Additionally parts of the Variable intake tract system may now be replaced for added strength, whilst retaining exactly the same functionality as the respective street bike.

FIM Supersport World Championship

In terms of technical modifications for this class updates have been brought in to allow modifications to the wheel axles, related parts and front fender mounts. These changes will mean we will see easier, safer and faster wheel changes.

FIM Superbike World Championship Medical Updates

As of the upcoming season, it will now be the athlete’s duty to immediately inform the medical director if there are changes in his/her health condition which may interfere with the ability to ride.

Round 1 of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship kicks off at Phillip Island in Australia on the 24th of February.