News 12 Oct 2023

Minimum bike and rider weight among 2024 WorldSBK updates

Changes released to the technical regulation concepts for next year.

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The Superbike Commission has released changes to the Superbike and Supersport World Championship technical regulation concepts for 2024, with a minimum bike and rider weight to be introduced for the premier WorldSBK category next year.

There has constant pressure by some to introduce a minimum combined weight in WorldSBK, inspired by the performance of the small-in-stature Alvaro Bautsita onboard the Aruba.It Racing Ducati V4-R.

While a minimum combined weight was ruled out for season 2023 for the WorldSBK category, the latest changes outline ‘in 2024, a combined weight for rider and machine has been defined by FIM-DWO-MSMA agreement’.

A statement from the WorldSBK championship read: “The Superbike Commission, composed of MM. Gregorio Lavilla (Dorna, WorldSBK Executive Director), Paul King (Director of the FIM Circuit Racing Commission), Biense Bierma (General Secretary of the MSMA), coordinated by Paul Duparc (Manager of the FIM Circuit Racing Commission – SBK Secretary of the Commission), in the presence of Ludovic Reignier (FIM WorldSBK Technical Director), Dominique Hebrard (FIM CTI Technical Manager) and Roland Berger (FIM CTI Director) met on numerous occasions in recent weeks.

“With the Superbike World Championship now being mature, the FIM, Dorna and the MSMA have decided to work on the long term and have defined some concepts on which this championship will have to evolve.

“The stakeholders are keen to include them in an even more virtuous policy with regard to the environment and to continue to balance the performance of the machines while limiting their performances for safety.”

A full list of the latest decisions by the Superbike Commission can be found here, which outlines the changes to the concepts of the Superbike and Supersport World Championship technical regulations that will come into effect next year.