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Viegas: "We will change the SBK regulations to keep the distance with MotoGP."

FIM President: "we are thinking about Stock bikes with some modifications, we are using BSB as a test bed. I hope everything will be finalized by 2026."

SBK: Viegas:

The press conference announcing the new 2027 regulations was held at Le Mans. As everyone knows, there is no point in asking the innkeeper if his wine is good and we will not bore you with the obvious declarations about how these new rules will make MotoGP "more spectacular, safer and more sustainable." Clearly Dorna and FIM are happy with the agreement reached and, at the end of the day, only the facts will tell whether they are right or wrong.

What is certain is that the new 850 bikes will be slower than the current ones: "the manufacturers expect times one or two seconds higher, depending on the circuit, than the current ones," explained Carlos Ezpeleta, Chief Sporting Officer of the championship. The main point is that, by doing so, the difference in lap times between MotoGP and SBK is bound to narrow.

Gigi Dall'Igna had anticipated the problem in one of our interviews, "after defining the MotoGP regulations, I expect a review of the production-derived regulations as well, in order to maintain the distance between the two categories." The Ducati engineer's insight was confirmed by Jorge Viegas, the FIM president: "We want to keep MotoGP as the pinnacle of motorcycle racing."

Which means the production derivatives will have to adapt: "SBKs should be Stock bikes with some modifications," Viegas specified, " We are working to keep the distance between the two championships and we are using BSB, the British championship, as a test. I hope that by 2026 the new SBK regulations will be defined."

 

Translated by Julian Thomas

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