Superbike World Championship

The Superbike World Championship is a racing class for near-series motorcycles. She is also known by the abbreviated SBK and WSBK.

As Superbikes street legal, fully clad sports bikes of the 1000 cc class, or be referred ( to 2003), the 750 - cc class.

The World Cup has been held since 1988 and is held under the auspices of the FIM. There are awarded separate world title for drivers and manufacturers. The first race took place in Donington Park ( Great Britain) on 3 April 1988. First winner was the Italian Davide Tardozzi on Bimota.

The Superbike World Championship was originally established at the instigation of the four major Japanese manufacturers Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki in life. The most successful brand is Ducati from Italy.

Promoter and rights holder of the series since the end of 2008, the Swiss company Infront Sports & Media AG as the successor of FGSport.

  • 4.1 driver
  • 4.2 Manufacturer
  • 6.1 External links
  • 6.2 Notes and references


Regulation changes from 2003 to 2008

Since 2003, the brand Pirelli control tires used in the Superbike World Championship.

By 2003, the rules engine capacity limit of 750 cc for four cylinder and 1000 cc for two-cylinder engines saw before. This scheme should compensate the advantage of four-cylinder engines, higher speeds and thus achieve higher performance than two-cylinder. From 2004 on, engine capacity limit of 1000 cc was required for all engines, but allowed the two cylinders more room for increased performance. Since this meant, however, significantly higher financial expenses, was again allowed a larger cubic capacity of a two-cylinder engines from the 2008 season on efforts by Ducati and KTM probably down.

Regulations since 2008

  • Displacement limits 2- Cylinder: 850 cc up to max. 1200 cm ³
  • 3-cylinder: 750 cc up to max. 1000 cc
  • 4- cylinder: 750 cc up to max. 1000 cc
  • Minimum weights 2- cylinder: 168 kg
  • 3-cylinder: 162 kg
  • 4- cylinder: 162 kg

The weight of the two cylinders can be adjusted during the course of the season at ± 3 kg increments as needed (up to 171 kg minimum to 162 kg).

  • Air restrictors

The two cylinders are limited with Ansaugrestriktoren (50 mm diameter). These can be adjusted during the season as needed in ± 2 mm increments ( maximum limit of 46 mm, complete elimination of the restrictor possible).

  • Engine tuning

All engine concepts subject to the tuning rules applicable to 2007 for the 1000 four-cylinder. The two cylinders must have standard connecting rods.

2008 and 2009, all manufacturers have to produce 1000 base motorbikes to obtain homologation for WSBK. As of 2010, this number was increased to 3000 pieces.

Superbike World Champion

Serious accidents

  • On 10 September 1995, the young Japanese rookies Yasutomo Nagai ( Yamaha World Superbike Team ) is a bad fall at Assen, Netherlands. He died on 12 September 1995 in the hospital.
  • On 23 April 2000, the great career Carl Fogarty found in Phillip Iceland (Australia) a bitter end. He crashed in the second race of the day in round 5 It was months before he recovered from the injury.



(As of end of 2013 season, still active drivers are highlighted in gray )


(As of end of season 2013)

Media presence

The Superbike World Championship will be broadcast on television in 2012 at Euro Sports and Euro Sports 2. Are also offered to the Superpole qualifying and race in paid IP-TV from Euro Sport.

By 2009, the Superpole qualifying and race through the official website of the Superbike World Championship were offered freely receivable via live stream.