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Jan 8, 2002

FIM Announces Superbike And Supersport World Championship Rule Changes

From a press release issued by the FIM:<BR><BR>Superbike, Supersport & Sidecar World Championships<BR><BR>Changes in the Rules for the 2002 season<BR><BR>The main changes to the 2002 Superbike, Supersport & Sidecar World Championship Regulations are the following:<BR><BR>Sporting Regulations<BR><BR>-All manufacturers must be in possession of the appropriate FIM Manufacturers' Licence.<BR><BR>-Each team must submit to the Secretariat of Superbike International, by 1st January of the year in question, an entry for their team.<BR><BR>-No substitution or replacement of the entered rider may be made after 14h00 on the day preceding the day of the first practice session of the event. The riders and/or teams must compulsorily attend any briefing organised by the race Director and the Race Direction.<BR><BR>-Entries: a rider shall be deemed to have taken part in the event when he participates in, at least, one practice session. A rider shall be deemed to have started a race when he participates in, at least, the first lap of the race.<BR><BR>-Riders in the top ten positions in the Superbike class will be required to carry two on-board cameras on their motorcycles.<BR><BR>-Finish of a race and race results: to be counted as a finisher in the race and be included in the results, a rider must cross the finish line on the race track (not in the pit lane) within five minutes of the race winner. The rider must be in contact with his machine.<BR><BR>-As from 01.01.2003, races will not be stopped for changes in adhesion resulting from climatic changes.<BR><BR><BR><BR>Superbike Technical Specifications<BR><BR>-Minimum weights for the Superbike: 750cc 4 cylinders: 159 kg (350.5 pounds) – 900cc 3 cylinders: 162 kg (357 pounds) – 1000cc 2 cylinders: 164 kg (361.5 pounds).<BR><BR><BR>Supersport Technical Specifications<BR><BR>-Airbox: the air filter element may be removed or replaced.<BR><BR>-Carburetor intake insulators can be modified. Fuel injection system: throttle bodies intake insulators can be modified.<BR><BR>-Exhaust system: the number of exhaust final exit(s) must remain as homologated. The exit(s) must be on the same side(s) of the homologated model.<BR><BR>-The following items may be removed: emission control items in or around the air box, oxygen sensor, air injection devices.<BR><BR><BR><BR>All disciplines<BR><BR>-Helmets must be of the full face type and conform to one of the recognised international standards: Europe: ECE 22-04 & ECE 22-05 ‘p' – Great britain: BS 6658 Grade A – USA: DOT Federal Standard n° 218/SNELL M95 & M2000.
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