FIM Confirms Erik Buell Racing Meets Production Requirements for WSBK Homologation
The International Motorcycling Federation has confirmed that Erik Buell Racing has met the required level of production to meet homologation requirements to compete in the 2014 World Superbike Championship. The news isn’t much of a surprise, considering EBR and racers Geoff May and Aaron Yates were listed on the WSBK provisional entry list released in late January, but the announcement offers the first official confirmation.
Charles Hennekam, the FIM’s technical coordinator and motorcycle homologation officer and Gregorio Lavilla, Dorna WSBK sporting director visited EBR‘s factory in East Troy, Wisc., last month to verify the production level on the company’s 1190RX superbike.
Erik Buell gave Hennekam and Lavilla a tour of the facilities, demonstrating the company’s production capabilities meet the requirements.
Under current homologation rules, manufacturers must produce a minimum of 125 units produced for an initial homologation inspection to be eligible for the first race of the season. That number increases to 500 units by June 30 of the current year, 1,000 units by the end of the current year and 2,000 units by the end of the following year.
Team Hero EBR will make its official international racing debut at the Feb. 16-17 WSBK tests at Phillip Island circuit, and return to the Australian circuit for the Feb. 23 season opener.