American racer John Hopkins is ready to make his comeback after taking the entire 2013 racing season off to recover from a number of injuries. The Ramona, Calif., native will make his return in the British Superbike Championship, racing for Tyco Suzuki on the TAS Racing GSX-R1000. Hopkins last raced in the series in 2011, […]
FIM Eases WSBK Homologation Requirements
With the 2014 World Superbike Championship now under way, the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) announced a change in the homologation procedure for new motorcycles entering the series.
The new regulations requires a minimum of 125 units produced in order to begin the homologation process. By the end of the first year of participation, manufacturers must have produced 250 units. After the second year in the series, manufacturers must have produced 1000 units.
The previous roles also called for an initial minimum of 125 units but required 500 units by June 30 of the current racing year. Manufacturers must then produce 1,000 units by the end of the year and 2,000 units by the end of the following year.
The new rules should make it easier for new and especially small-volume manufacturers to enter the WSBK championship. The 2014 season currently has two new models joining in the MV Agusta F4 RR and the Erik Buell Racing 1190RX. The F4 RR has been in production for some time and MV Agusta has more than enough resources to meet the old requirements while EBR passed a homologation inspection in January.
Bimota, however, did not make the cut, after announcing it would try to enter the series with the BMW-powered BB3. With the new regulations, Bimota still has a chance to race this season despite missing the first round now running at Australia’s Phillip Island circuit.