Why the RSV4 with 1,100 cc is not allowed in the Superbike World Championship - Motor Informed

Why the RSV4 with 1,100 cc is not allowed in the Superbike World Championship

(Motorinformed.com) – Aprilia celebrated some successes in the Superbike World Championship with the RSV4. Max Biaggi won the championship in 2010 and 2012. Sylvain Guintoli drove to the world title in the 2014 season. But after that Aprilia concentrated fully on the MotoGP project and neglected the development of the RSV4. The V4 superbike from Noale was last seen in the field in the 2018 season. The latest version is not eligible to start with its 1,100 engine.

Aprilia RSV4: The displacement of the current version does not correspond to the WSBK regulations

We checked with FIM technical director Scott Smart whether those responsible for the WSBK would adapt the rules of the Superbike World Championship to persuade Aprilia to return. “I can not imagine it”, the Briton clarifies in an interview with ‘Motorinformed.com’ without detours.

Smart explains: “There are a number of manufacturers who are wholeheartedly behind the championship. These five manufacturers make it up among themselves on the racetracks. You would have to obtain the approval of these five manufacturers in order to create a class with a balance of performance . “

World champion 2010 and 2012: Max Biaggi on the Aprilia RSV4 Zoom

“If we create a balance-of-performance class, it means that the development of the engines is no longer possible,” explains Smart. “We did that in the Supersport 300 World Championship and now also in the Supersport World Championship. The manufacturers will then no longer be able to develop their motorcycles further.”

“But we need a class in which manufacturers can demonstrate their technical skills and in which engineers can push their limits,” explains the FIM technical director.

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Currently, the superbikes from Yamaha, Ducati, Kawasaki, BMW and Honda are only limited by their speeds. These are based on the series versions and are intended to ensure equal opportunities.

“With the speed limits, we already have a balance of performance. This is, however, the lowest possible balance rule. Manufacturers can still develop their motorcycles and work on the software and the chassis. There are many areas in which you can can work in the Superbike World Championship, “says Smart, rejecting Aprilia.

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