In a bid to get more teams to fill what have been increasingly sparse grids the past few years (only 18 riders in the WSBK class this year), new World Superbike Championship rightsholders Dorna have been busy meeting with the current teams to come up with a solution to help contain rising costs and encourage more participation. The FIM’s latest press release contains what will apparently be that solution, as the announcement was made that World Superbike will move to EVO-spec rules in 2015. The EVO-style class has been running in the British Superbike Championship since last year, and has been met with approval from most of the teams in the series. This follows on the heels of the announcement of the 2014 regulations that specified, among other things, a limit on available engines and gearbox ratios for the season, as well as the formation of an EVO class in the World Superbike category.
Although there are obviously certain details that still need to be worked out, the basic premise of EVO is Superstock-style engine restrictions (only stock components can be used, no aftermarket rods or special pistons, but camshaft and compression can be changed) with Superbike-spec chassis modifications. Another major change with the EVO rules is a limit on electronics; as with the BSB series, it’s highly likely that a spec ECU will be required, and a rev limit imposed on all bikes. The announcement notes that, “the Superbike Commission is studying some modifications to those technical rules that will be announced by the end of 2013.” This signifies that there will some accommodations made for certain brands and models that would struggle to be competitive under conventional EVO engine restrictions.
Also mentioned in the FIM release is a ban starting next year on winter testing by any contracted teams and riders, as well as any testing by those teams and riders outside of official WSBK-organized tests during the season (World Supersport teams and riders are also forbidden from testing during the season). Speaking of World Supersport, those bikes will also be restricted to six engines for the season, and only one set of gearbox ratios for the season.