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FIM updates WSBK regulations

New homologation rules may apply to KTM RC8R

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Oct. 23, 2009
The FIM has updated its World Superbike, Supersport and Superstock Championship homologation rules for the 2010 season.

Most of the regulation updates are related to homologation rules, making technologies such as anti-lock brake systems and ride-by-wire electronically controlled throttle valves legal only if they are available as standard equipment on homologated models.

The minimum number of production units required for homologation was also adjuted. Current rules require a minimum of 1,000 production units by the end of the year, with the minimum originally scheduled to rise to 3,000 for 2010. Under the new regulations however, the 2010 requirement was reduced to 2,000 units.

The FIM also moved the deadline for manufacturers applying for homologation in any class for the first time, requiring 500 units by the end of June of each year, three months earlier than the current September deadline. In 2010, the 1,000 unit mark must be reached at least 15 days before the final WSBK race of the year, compared to the current Dec. 31 deadline. At least 1,500 units must be produced by the end of June 2011, while full 2,000 unit minimum must be reached 15 days before the last race of the 2011 season.

The 2009 season saw two new motorcycles enter the WSBK series under existing homologation rules, the BMW S1000RR and Aprilia RSV4. Both manufacturers were required to produce at least 1,000 units by the end of December.

The new homologation requirements will impact any manufacturers seeking to enter the World Superbike, Supersport or Superstock Championships. KTM entered its 1190 RC8R in the 2009 German Superbike series, IDM, and the new rules will apply should it choose to enter the WSBK series in 2010. Earlier this month, the manufacturer announced it is shutting down its 125cc Grand Prix program and redirecting resources to the RC8R.