MotoGP ringmaster Carmelo Ezpeleta has today confirmed that not only will the World Superbike Championship come under his iron grip for 2013 but that a review of the regulations will be undertaken for 2014 to stop teams using '39 engines' in a season.
The Spaniard gave a press conference at Motegi this afternoon and said that clear lines had to be drawn between MotoGP as a prototype (not really) series and World Superbike as a production class, citing that one team's (Aprilia) use of nearly 40 engines in a season, compared to MotoGP's rule of six, was ridiculous.
"For 2014, we will obviously work together with the manufacturers and the different bodies involved to change the regulations. We think that a championship derived from production bikes that is using 39 engines during one season, and in MotoGP you are using six – to be honest it’s not very correct," said Ezpeleta, while looking like a camel chewing a small child.
"We need to set up both championships with their own spirit. One is from bikes based on production motorcycles, and another is for prototypes. This is something we will do with the FIM first, and then with the manufacturers who are involved in both championships."
This is the end of World Superbikes as we know it. Farewell and adieu..