World Superbike aims for Superstock regs "compromise" in 2018

World Superbike aims for Superstock regs
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
Co-author: Jamie Klein
Aug 17, 2017, 4:02 PM

World Superbike championship director Daniel Carrera says radical changes have been proposed for the 2018 and 2019 seasons of the series, but that a switch to full Superstock regulations is unlikely.

In recent years, the championship has been criticised for its lack of competitiveness, as it is currently being dominated by British trio Jonathan Rea, Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies for the third year running.

Carrera confirmed that a proposal has been submitted to the SBK Commission about regulation changes for the next two years, and he expects "some conclusions" to be made by the end of August.

One of the changes being discussed is switching to Superstock bike specs, which are less technically advanced compared to Superbikes while still being based around 1000cc road machinery.

However, Carrera understands a drastic change would mean bigger differences between bikes, and said a "compromise" between existing Superbike and Superstock rules was likely.

"Racing with the most technologically advanced sport bikes from the market, this is what clearly defines our championship," said Carrera to

"Saying that, we know very well that going to completely stock rules could generate even more of a gap between the different models and manufacturers.

"Consequently, that is why we are reconsidering everything to find a better compromise between the existing rules and completely standard/stock specs."

"We believe that a middle waypoint could be defined between these two positions to provide a better platform for teams to reach the level of performance from those who are at the front.

"Teams should have the chance to sell a winning project to their partners, at least a real chance to fight for the top positions. This is something that currently we are far from."

In addition, a standardised ECU (engine control unit) is being discussed for 2019, a rule that has been adopted by MotoGP and also the British Superbike championship in recent years.

In order to give better opportunities to all teams, new price caps and balancing systems based on performance have also been proposed.

To improve the show, WSBK introduced a reverse-grid for the Sunday races this season, but it has failed to make a significant difference to race results, with the factory Kawasaki and Ducati teams having between them won every race so far this season.

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