We already know the rev limits for the 2020 World Superbike Championship season and there are not too many new developments. The main uncertainty was to see what would happen with the new Honda CBR1000RR-R to be ridden by Álvaro Bautista. The result is that it will be the second bike with the highest rev limit.
The new creation of the golden wing brand will be set at 15,600 rpm, 500 less than the Ducati Panigale V4 R, Bautista’s old bike. Honda are therefore the best placed to break out of these limits that are usually placed between Dorna and the International Motorcycling Federation.
Honda already benefited from an increase in their speed limit in the middle of last season, reaching 16,050 due to the poor performance of their machine. Now the new CBR1000RR-R will be able to turn at 550 revs more than the last version of Honda’s previous bike.
Another novelty is the appearance of a new BMW, different to the one in 2019, which has a speed of 14,950, 50 higher than the German bike had last year. We will see if it is a new version of the S1000RR with which they intend to take another step forward in World Superbikes.
Finally, the third change comes on the Yamaha, which is facing a very exciting season after the signing of Toprak Razgatlioglu. Iwata’s bikes have had to adapt to Euro4, so their engines will now revolve at 14,950 revolutions per minute, 250 more than they did at the end of the 2019 season.
Otherwise, everything remains the same. Kawasaki are still running at 14,600 and with that they will have to defend Jonathan Rea’s crown, in search of a sixth consecutive world championship. Last week they presented their new team in Barcelona, where the big news was the presence of Alex Lowes with a second driver.
The Ducati Panigale V4 R will continue in the 16,100 rpm class it has been in since Assen last year, when Dorna clipped Alvaro Bautista’s wings after he racked up eleven consecutive wins on the back of the Italian machine. Even so, they are the hot favourites to dominate at Phillip Island.
As for the other bikes in the championship, the Aprilia will be at 14,700 rpm, the MV Augusta at 14,950, the Suzuki at 14,900 and the Ducati Panigale V2 used by some private teams will be at 12,400. We will see if, as has been the case recently, Dorna have to get their hands on any bikes in the middle of the season to equal the championship.