WorldSBK regulation changes: new super concessions concept, sustainable fuels from 2024

Monday, 17 October 2022 09:00 GMT

Technical and sporting regulation changes following a Superbike Commission meeting, such as a new super concessions concept for performance balancing and a more sustainable future

The Superbike Commission, composed 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 6th and 8th October 2022.

TECHNICAL REGULATIONS: Super concessions sustainable fuels and price caps

Super concessions

A revised concession point system was adopted which will allocate concession points to a larger number of finishers (5) in order to capture a better balance of relative bike performance. Concession points will be totalled every three events and then qualifying manufacturers will pass to a ‘Performance Calculator’ (full details in the regulations). The results can enable manufacturers to either update existing concession parts or to Super Concessions.

Super Concessions for 2022 are chassis based. By allowing a greater setting range, manufacturers will be better able to optimise their machines for the intense level of competition that World Superbike is famous for. Since the first meeting of the SBK Commission on Thursday 6th October, this Super Concession concept has been in use, mainly for testing the concept for the end of the 2022 season and to prepare for the 2023 season.

Sustainable fuel for all WorldSBK classes

The SBK Commission agreed to introduce sustainable fuel for all WorldSBK classes starting from the 2024 season, with a minimum of 40% sustainable fuel content.  This E40 fuel shall be compliant with the specification adopted for MotoGP.

Price cap of Sport Production machines

Due to the global economic situation and the recorded inflation, the FIM wished to consider the cost evolutions of production machines for 2023. A general proposal for a maximum percentage of increase of the maximum retail price of homologated production models was approved. The exact amounts and percentages will be published at a later stage.

SPORTING REGULATIONS: podium ceremony and wildcard allocations

Podium ceremony

In harmonisation with the other FIM World Championships, it was approved that “when the podium is located in the pitlane or above, the pit lane cannot be open during the podium ceremony”. This is to avoid any safety matter in the pitlane.

Wildcard allocation

When presenting a wildcard candidate to the SBK Commission, the National Federations must ensure and validate that the quality of the rider, their staff, their equipment and the presentation of their team are compatible with the level of the FIM Superbike World Championship.

A regularly updated version of the FIM SBK Regulations which contains the detailed text of the regulation changes may be viewed shortly on the FIM website.

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