News 18 Mar 2009

FIM CLARIFIES WSBK TEST RESTRICTIONS

FIM press release:

FIM Superbike & Supersport World Championships

FIM Superstock Cup

– Changes to the 2009 Regulations –

The Superbike Commission, composed of Messrs. Paolo Flammini (IMS), Claude Danis (FIM) and Giulio Bardi (Team representative), during a meeting held on 13 March in Doha, unanimously decided to introduce the following modifications to the Road Racing Superbike & Supersport World Championship and FIM Superstock Cup, for application as from 31.03.2009.

Clarification of the Sporting Regulations

1.15 PRACTICE

1.15.1 Practice Restrictions

A) For Superbike

Practice by riders contracted to compete in the Championship is prohibited at each circuit included in the calendar, after the running of the first event, with the following exceptions:
a. Within the six days prior to the race day, private practice on the same track for riders participating in the event may be organised. They must be open to all the entered riders and if a charge is made, it shall be no greater than USD 80.- per rider for the day. The information concerning the supplementary practices must be sent to all the riders entered, to the FIM and IMS.

b. Free or qualifying practices at the event.

c. Practice at any circuit after the event at that circuit.

d. Practice at the Testing Circuit designated by each team (see Art. 1.11.1) which may take place up to 6 days before the race scheduled for the circuit.

e. Official practice sessions organised by IMS, with the approval of the FIM.

f. Any activity allowed by the Race Direction.

B) For Supersport and Superstock

Practice by riders contracted to compete in the Championships is prohibited at each circuit included in the calendar within the six days prior to the race day, with the following exceptions:

a. Private practice on the same track for riders participating in the event may be organised. They must be open to all the entered riders and if a charge is made, it shall be no greater than USD 80.- per rider for the day. The information concerning the supplementary practices must be sent to all the riders entered, to the FIM and IMS.

b. Free or qualifying practices at the event.

c. Any activity allowed by the Race Direction.

C) Exceptions to this rule may be granted, with the approval of the FIM, due to reasons of force majeure. For example, where a team recruits a qualified rider to replace an injured rider, the qualified rider could possibly have practised unwillingly at a circuit included in the Championships.

D) During the four days preceding the beginning of the official practices, scooters are the only two-wheel motorised vehicles on which the riders participating in the event, are allowed to ride on the track.

Exceptions may be granted with the approval of the FIM.

In the case of an infraction to the above rules, the rider’s entry will be refused or the rider will be disqualified from the event of the circuit concerned, depending on the date of the confirmation of the infraction.

About FIM
FIM (WWW.FIM-LIVE.COM), the world governing body for motorcycle sport, is an independent association formed by 98 National Federations throughout the world. It is recognized as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Among its 49 FIM World Championships its main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro and Speedway. FIM also deals with non-sporting matters such as leisure motorcycling, mobility, transport, road safety and public policy and the environment, FIM was the first International sporting Federation to enforce an Environmental Code in 1994.

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