WSB: Control electronics being considered for 2018

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World Superbike bosses are considering the implementation of a control ECU for the 2018 season and beyond as they look to stop the domination of Kawasaki and Ducati in the series.

The Superbike Commission, formed of various representatives from Dorna, the FIM and Motorcycle Sport Manufacturers’ Association met in Barcelona on Friday 9th June to discuss various proposals, including that of the introduction of a specification electronics system.

The move has been discussed for some while with MotoGP having already taken the step to controlled electronics last season. However, it’s understood several manufacturers heavily oppose the move in WorldSBK as they use racing as a proving ground for road bike developments further down the line.


However, with just three riders from two teams having won all twelve races so far this season and with just one non-Ducati/Kawasaki rider having stood on the podium in the first six rounds, there is no question that the series has a problem.

No other team has been able to come close to challenging Kawasaki and Ducati, who have much more manufacturer involvement and investment than other bikes on the grid.

MCN understands WSB bosses have approached British Superbike bosses on several occasions to discuss technical regulations, with the BSB series having used 

However, while the introduction of a control ECU was discussed, no decision was reached at the meeting. A statement from the FIM suggests a final decision will be made in the coming weeks.  

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing