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Apr 10, 2019

World Superbike: FIM Lowers Maximum RPM Limit For Ducati Panigale V4 R

Chaz Davies (7) on his Ducati Panigale V4 R.

FIM Superbike & Supersport World Championships

Balancing and Concession updates

At the conclusion of the 3rd round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship the concession points scores see the top two manufacturers Ducati and Kawasaki at the top of the table. Due to the gap of only 7 points (20-13) neither will be allowed a concession parts upgrade during the season. The remaining manufacturers will all be allowed one upgrade.

The calculation is made considering the results of the full distance races (Races 1 and 2).


The DWO and FIM in consultation with their performance analysis partner have concluded that the following updates will be made to the manufacturers rev limits:

Ducati – reduction of 250rpm

Honda – increase of 500rpm

Special consideration has been applied in the case of BMW – the German marque, after declaring their concession parts, chose to compete in the first two events using a standard engine. This is compliant with the regulations and therefore the weighting of the calculation has been biased towards their performance during the third event where the concession specification engine was used.

The changes must be in increments of 250 rpm and the Honda’s performance indicates that two steps should be applied at this point.

From Round 4 – Motul Dutch Round (Assen) - the rev limits will be: 

Brand Rev-Limit

Aprilia 14,700 rpm

BMW 14,950 rpm

BMW 2019 14,900 rpm

Ducati V2 12,400 rpm

Ducati V4 16,100 rpm

Honda 15,050 rpm

Kawasaki 2018 14,100 rpm

Kawasaki 2019 14,600 rpm

MV Agusta 14,950 rpm

Suzuki 14,900 rpm

Yamaha 14700 rpm

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