WSB paddock still waiting on Aprilia engine verdict

By Michael Guy -

World Superbikes

 12 March 2010 16:34

The SBK commission is expected to make a statement on the technical regulations regarding Aprilia’s new RSV4 gear driven cam motor before the second round of the championship at Portimao on 26th to 28th March. 

The factory Aprilia team introduced the new technology and are believed to have used it during the Phillip Island weekend, but not necessarily the race. The ruling regarding gear driven cams is open to interpretation with Aprilia claiming that it is in the rules, while rival manufacturers say that it is not.

No official protest was logged at Phillip Island so it is unlikely Aprilia will be penalised or docked points.    

Another important issue regarding the gear driven cams is the cost in developing and producing such a system at a time where teams are constantly looking at ways to cap or reduce spending.