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Feb 18, 2019

World Superbike: Maximum Rev Limits Set For New 2019 Models (Updated)

The new 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R will be allowed to rev to a maximum of 16,350 rpm, according to the 2019 FIM Superbike World Championship rules.

Editorial Note: The only maximum engine rev limits that have been changed are for new-for-2019/2020 models, including the new 2020 BMW S1000RR, the new 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R, and the new 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR. The remaining homologated machines, like the Aprilia RSV4, Honda CBR1000RR SP2, MV Agusta F4, Suzuki GSX-R1000, and Yamaha YZF-R1, have not had their maximum engine rev limits changed from 2018.

FIM Superbike & Supersport World Championships

Rev limits for 2019 Superbike models

In line with the technical regulations and more specifically on the balancing of various motorcycle concepts, rev limits for the new homologated Superbike models were established (eg. Art 2.4.3.1).

All tests were performed at the manufacturer’s factories with ready broken-in machines. 

The 2019 initial Rev limits for new machines is subject to revision at the discretion of the FIM if production machines supplied from retail outlets differ in their performance characteristics and are subject to the articles mention in 2.4.3.x of the World Superbike Championship Regulations.

2019 Rev Limits New Models

Model  Rev Limiter  Limiter +3%  Max power  Set limit at
BMW S1000RR  14,475 rpm  14,909 rpm  13,800 rpm  14,900 rpm
Kawasaki ZX-10RR  14,300 rpm  14,729 rpm  13,500 rpm  14,600 rpm
Ducati Panigale V4 R  16,000 rpm  16,480 rpm  15,250 rpm  16,350 rpm

2019 Beginning Rev Limits

Model  Rev Limit
Aprilia RSV4  14,700 rpm
2018 BMW S1000RR  14,950 rpm  
2020 BMW S1000RR  14,900 rpm
Ducati Panigale R  12,400 rpm
Ducati Panigale V4 R  16,350 rpm
Honda CBR1000RR SP2  14,550 rpm
2018 Kawasaki ZX-10RR  14,100 rpm
2019 Kawasaki ZX-10RR   14,600 rpm
MV Agusta F4  14,950 rpm
Suzuki GSX-R1000  14,900 rpm
Yamaha YZF-R1  14,700 rpm