The 2022 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship season is approaching and there have been a series of rule changes ahead of the season. The Superbike Commission, composed of MM. Gregorio LAVILLA (Dorna, WorldSBK Executive Director), Franck VAYSSIÉ (FIM), Biense BIERMA (MSMA), coordinated by Paul DUPARC (FIM), with the presence of Dominique Hébrard, Ludovic Reignier, Roland Berger and Scott Smart (FIM), made the following decisions at various electronic meetings held in February and March 2022. The main changes concern the WorldSBK test days, with a maximum of four half-days in 2022 and only two for 2023. There will also be tests manufacturers, under the concession points rule, as well as WorldSSP technical regulations being confirmed.
At the request of the Manufacturers, it was decided to limit the ½ test days to a maximum of 4 for the 2022 season. From the 2023 season it has already been agreed to limit the ½ test days to a maximum of 2 per season.
ADDITIONAL TESTS FOR CONCESSION TEAMS IN 2022
In order to harmonize the performance of the machines, it was agreed to grant manufacturers lacking in performance (According to the rule of concession points awarded) additional development sessions.
NEW SURFACE FLAG MEANINGS
Following the decision of the MotoGP Commission recently taken in Losail, it has also been decided to clarify the information given to riders participating in the FIM Superbike and Supersport World Championships. This simple decision has important and urgent consequences on all other FIM Championships and on the management/training of marshals.
Indeed, it is important that the marshals take cognizance and apply in the same way this new information given to the riders. This new signage will be applied for the other FIM Circuit Racing Championships managed by the FIM (Endurance, Sidecar, JuniorGP, MotoE, Red Bull Rookies Cup, MiniGP World Series). The Continental Federations have been advised to also harmonize their rules with those of the FIM. The FIM will recommend this same harmonization to the National Federations for their National Series.
FLAGS AND LIGHTS USED TO PROVIDE INFORMATION
Yellow and red striped flag
Grip on this section of the track could be affected by any reason other than rain (oil, gravel, grass or other debris). This flag must be shown waved at the flag marshal post.
White flag with diagonal red cross
(width of the line of the cross: between 10 and 13 cm)
Raindrops on this section of the track including rain affecting the track surface. This flag must be waved at the flag marshal post.
WORLD SUPERSPORT & NEXT GENERATION CLASS TECHNICAL RULES:
Presentation of the Supersport Next Generation class with new manufacturers and new motorcycles (Ducati Panigale V2 955cc, Triumph ST765RS, MV Agusta F3 800cc, Suzuki GSX-R750). The philosophy guiding this new regulation was to follow the current market, to offer new motorcycles able to compete in this Next Generation “Supersport” category and to find the best possible balance between all these new machines (including the previous ones) (capacity, horsepower, torque, combined weight ratio).
Balance motor is dealership parts, torque limited map with rev limit, minimum weight, air restrictor, modifications.
Combined weight is the weight of the rider (in full racing gear) and the motorcycle, as used on the track. The Ducati Panigale V2 will have a minimum hard weight of 166 kg, a maximum hard weight of 175 kg and a combined rider and bike weight of 244 kg. All other homologated bikes will have a hard minimum of 161 kg, a soft maximum of 170 kg and a combined rider and bike weight of 239 kg. The other homologated bikes are below.
- Honda CBR600RR
- Kawasaki ZX-6R
- MV Agusta F3
- MV Agusta F3 800
- MV Agusta F3 Superveloce
- Suzuki GSX-R600
- Suzuki GSX-R750
- Triumph 675R
- Triumph ST765RS
- Yamaha YZF-R6
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