It was confirmed today that World Superbikes won’t switch to MotoGP style spec electronics for 2019 season.
One of the reasons for this to happen was World Superbikes technical director Scott Smart’s delight at how current technical regulations, which include adjustable rev limit, are working, enabling all competitors similar chances of getting good results. Even though new rules didn’t prevent defending champion Jonathan Rea from winning 10 races this year and establishing commanding 92-points lead with 4 rounds of the championship remaining, they helped to see Rea’s team mate Tom Sykes to win, while Ducati and Yamaha riders Chaz Davies, Marco Melandri, Alex Lowes and Michael Van der Mark all manage to get at least one win each and as a result 2018 marks the first season after 2015 that three different manufacturers grabbed a win in a season.
Talk about World Superbikes switching to spec electronics is not new, but while Scott Smart is keen to adress the idea again in next 2 to 3 years as motorcycles are moving more and more toward stock versions, he was against the idea of switching it for 2019, as it would hurt smaller midfield teams, creating bigger gaps than are currently seen in the championship.
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