BSB: JG Speedfit Kawasaki protest against Be Wiser Ducati rejected

Published: 15 October 2016

MCE British Superbike bosses have this afternoon rejected a protest from the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team in regards to the eligibility of the Be Wiser Ducati machines.

Following this morning’s qualifying session, a complaint was submitted by JG Speedfit Kawasaki alleging the PBM Ducati Team were running an illegally modified fuel tank on the bikes of Shane Byrne and Glenn Irwin. 

Investigating the complaint, the Chief Technical Officer took a standard tank from a Ducati Panigale and compared it with the tanks on both Byrne and Irwin’s bike, a check that is said to have been carried out on numerous occasions this year, before confirming that both bikes complied with the technical regulations.

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Speaking exclusively to MCN, Race Director Stuart Higgs said: “Following Superbike qualifying, while bikes were in parc ferme conditions, race direction received a protest from JG Speedfit Kawasaki protesting the eligibility of the PBM Ducatis, specifically in regards to the fuel tank and air box. 

“We as the regulator have standard production reference material to make a very easy comparative check, something we carried out twice earlier this year, so we were able to easily do another check and confirm that the PBM Ducatis were in conformity with the technical regulations and therefore the protest was rejected.” 

When approached by MCN, JG Speedfit Kawasaki boss Mark Smith-Halvorsen declined to comment on the protest. 

Picture: Tank comparison between race tank (left) and standard tank (right). 

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