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Oct 16, 2001

World Superbike Weight Advantage For Fours, Triples In 2002

Four-cylinder and three-cylinder machines competing in the 2002 Superbike World Championship will be given minimum weight breaks to make them more competitive with the V-Twins that dominate the series.<BR><BR>The Superbike Commission--which includes Claude Danis of the FIM, Paolo Alberto Flammini of SBK International, Takanao Tsubouchi of the MSMA and team representative Giulio Bardi--has set the rules, effective January 1, 2002, as follows:<BR><BR>Minimum Weights<BR>750cc 4-cylinder, 159 kilograms (350.5 pounds)<BR><BR>900cc 3-cylinder, 162 kilograms (357.1 pounds)<BR><BR>1000cc 2-cylinder, 164 kilograms (361.6 pounds)<BR><BR>Ironically, Twins were originally allowed more displacement and a lower minimum weight early in the history of the Superbike World Championship, to make them more competitive with the then-dominant four-cylinder machines. But times have changed...