1992 FIM Diesel Jeans Superbike World Championship

Technical regulations

1992 FIM International Superbike Regulations

Motorcycles for Superbike correspond to motorcycles of current production, available to the public, which have been manufactured and sold for everyday road use. Motorcycles must be approved and homologated by the FIM for competition in FIM Superbike events. Manufacturers are required to produce a minimum number of a specific motorcycle in order for it to be homologated; a factory that produces more than 100,000 units per year must produce 1,000 for homologation, a factory producing at least 50,000 units per year must produce 500, and all other factories must produce 200. Only modifications specified within the approved homologation documents for each model are permitted. Number plate colours are white background with black numbers (RAL colour table values: 9005 black and 9010 white).

Engine capacities

400-750cc, four-stroke, 3 or 4-cylinder, minimum dry weight 165kg;
551-1000cc, four-stroke, 2-cylinder, minimum dry weight 140kg.

Homologated machines

Bimota Tesi 1D; Bimota YB4EI; Ducati 750 Sport; Ducati 750 SS; Ducati 851; Ducati 888; Honda CBR600F; Honda RC30; Honda VFR750F; Kawasaki GPX750; Kawasaki ZXR750; Kawasaki ZZR600; Norton F1; Suzuki GSX-R750; Yamaha FZ750; Yamaha FZR600; Yamaha OW01.

Championship rules

Rider eligibility

Only riders in possession of an international competition licence and named on the grading list of the issuing federation are eligible to compete.

Qualifying format

3 official qualifying sessions, each rider's fastest lap time from any of these sessions is taken as their qualification time. Riders are split into two groups (A and B) for practice and qualifying sessions, with attention paid to performance in previous rounds and actual attendance at the particular event. The maximum lap time required to qualify will be equal to 110% of the fastest time in each group. All riders must complete a minimum of 3 timed laps in official qualifying sessions. Grid positions will be allocated to the 18 fastest riders from each of the two groups, arranged in alternate order. The rider setting the fastest time overall will have the right to choose their position on the starting grid - they can change their position with one rider only. Riders who do not receive a grid space but have set a qualifying time are eligible for a consolation race which does not count for championship points, provided there are 15 or more riders who have failed to qualify and also participate in the consolation warm-up.

Race format

2 races of approximately 100km distance, considered as separate races for the purpose of awarding points and prizes. Riders who fail to finish the first race may start the second race. The starting grid for both races will be based on official qualification times. If a result is declared for a race which has completed less than 75% of its scheduled distance, half-points will be awarded.

Points system

Riders Championship: 1st: 20; 2nd: 17; 3rd: 15; 4th: 13; 5th: 11; 6th: 10; 7th: 9; 8th: 8; 9th: 7; 10th: 6; 11th: 5; 12th: 4; 13th: 3; 14th: 2; 15th: 1.
Manufacturers Championship: Points awarded to the highest placed finisher for each manufacturer, according to the same system as the Riders Championship.

Prize fund

Payable in Swiss Francs. 1st: 6,000; 2nd: 5,000; 3rd: 3,500; 4th: 3,000; 5th: 2,500; 6th: 2,000; 7th: 1,800; 8th: 1,600; 9th: 1,400; 10th: 1,200; 11th-15th: 1,100; 16th-20th: 1,000; 21st-25th: 800; 26th-30th: 700; 31st-36th: 600. Consolation race: 200 for all starters.