World Superbike: MotoGP-style test concessions announced

The championship has not specified how much additional track time will be offered or which manufacturers are eligible for concessions, only that it will be determined based on a concession point system.

Honda and BMW are the most likely to benefit from the new rule, having struggled to keep pace with Ducati, Kawasaki and Yamaha since returning to the championship towards the end of the last decade.

Honda finished dead last in the constructors’ standings in 2021 with a pair of podiums scored by Alvaro Bautista, while BMW finished a position ahead in the table after Michael van der Mark took the brand’s first comeback victory in Portugal. – although in the short-distance Superpole race.

Honda had been pushing for a MotoGP-style concession system in its bid to raise the pecking order in WSBK, with team boss and former rider Leon Camier admitting that “it is very difficult to progress well in this championship with very strict rules” at the launch of its 2022-spec CBR1000-RR last month.

Under current rules, all WSBK manufacturers are entitled to a maximum of 10 days of private testing throughout the year in addition to the official Dorna test before the start of the season.

WSBK has run a system of concessions since 2018, but these relate only to engine development and adjustable rev limits rather than test rules.

WSBK’s new concession system aligns it with that of MotoGP, which is said to have played a major role in helping KTM become a winning force just a few years after its maiden Grand Prix season in 2017.

Currently, Aprilia is the only manufacturer that can take advantage of MotoGP concessions and benefit from unlimited testing with its racing riders during the season.

Reduced half-day tests

Separately, WSBK said that at the request of manufacturers, it had decided to limit half-day testing to four per season. It had already been agreed to restrict them to two from the 2023 campaign.

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