SBK limits Bautista's motorcycle: it loses 250 revolutions

The engine of the Ducati will go from turning to 16,350 laps to do it at 16,100. Kawasaki stays as it was and Honda increases 500 revolutions.


What was rumored by the Superbike paddock has been made official. The Ducati Panigale 4V R by Álvaro Bautista will lose 250 revolutions per minute (up to 16,100) from the next appointment of Assen. FIM and Dorna have applied the 2019 regulations and have also added 500 revolutions (in two updates) to the Honda. Kawasaki, the bike of Jonathan Rea, remains as it was during the first three appointments of the calendar. In addition, the concession points through which factories can improve their bikes were also reviewed and it was decided that Yamaha, Honda and BMW are those that can receive improvements.

and these decisions will have immediate effect from the fourth stop of the world championship, in Assen. In the Cathedral, both Kawasaki and Rhea have a lot of hope to start cutting back on Álvaro Bautista. And the norirlandés is the owner and master of the track of the Netherlands with seven wins and a second place in the eight races played there since 2015.

On the other hand, the rival factories of Ducati have picked the decision with skepticism. Panigale's limitation could have some effect in terms of maximum speed in long straights (like Aragon's over one kilometer), but the next circuits of the calendar, Assen, Imola, Jerez, Misano, Donington and Laguna Seca are not characterized for having long straights.

Also, Ducati could have used the British Superbike championship a limitation similar to what they will have to carry from now on and their riders Scott Redding and Josh Brookes have been really competitive in the six days of testing distributed between the circuits of Monteblanco, Portimao and Silverston.



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