Price Cap and Engine Allocation Announced for 2014 Superbike

Price Cap and Engine Allocation Announced for 204 Superbike 1 photo
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World Superbike is changing, and the first major differences from the way the series is organized at the moment will be implemented for the 2014 season and will gradually be enforced across 3 seasons. The FIM, together with Dorna and MSMA have finally agreed to make the first modifications: price caps and engine allocation.
The three have not released yet exact figures, but Asphalt&Rubber says the rumored price cap for the Superbike machinery could be around €250,000 ($) a pop. Discussions on the cap price are still going on around the MotoGP series, but it looks like this measure could make racing more interesting in the future.

Each rider will be allowed to use a maximum number of engines, just like it's the case in MotoGP, where such a rule has already been implemented. Even more, the board will also make sure that a number of “motorcycles with the same state of tuning, available for sale or through lease."

WorldSBK reads: "The FIM, Dorna & MSMA are pleased to announce that a new framework for the Superbike Technical Rules has been obtained after many discussions between the parties involved. The new Superbike rules will be applied progressively, starting in 2014, in 3 stages.

The aim was focused on the reduction of cost and to fix a maximum price for the motorcycle and its components, to be reduced in yearly in the next 3 years. The price of the motorcycle and its components will be much lower than today's cost. Furthermore, a maximum number of engines for use by a rider during the complete season will be introduced. Items considered for cost limitation are suspension components, brakes and gearbox ratios.

The constructors present in the FIM Superbike World Championship agreed to have a minimum number of motorcycles with the same state of tuning, available for sale or through lease.

A draft of the new technical rules will be published soon."
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