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Ducati gets its revs back as WorldSBK reveals limits, confirms new framework for 2024

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The FIM has confirmed the rev limits for each of the five competing motorcycles ahead of the 2024 WorldSBK season, with Ducati benefiting from a return to the figure it had at the start of 2023.

The announcement holds greater significance for 2024 as regulators will be unable to adjust the revs of the bikes unless it is necessary.

This is a change to previous years where rev limits could be changed during the season based on the results of the bike across the teams competing with it. As an example, Ducati's dominant start to the 2023 season meant it had its rev limits reduced five rounds into the season.

Ducati returns to its original 16,100rpm... and it won't be changed in-season this time

For 2024, there is no change to four of the bikes compared with the final round of 2023. As such, the rev limits for Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha and BMW are as follows:

Honda - 15,600rpm

Kawasaki - 15,100rpm

Yamaha - 15,200rpm

BMW - 15,500rpm

However, Ducati will gain revs back compared with the final rounds of 2023 to a limit of 16,100rpm (up from 15,800rpm), the same limit it started the 2023 WorldSBK season with.

The decision to stop in-season adjustments was made as a compromise to the introduction of weight parity rules designed to help naturally taller, heavier riders be more competitive in performance scenarios when compared to smaller, more compact riders.

The new regulation - which won't go as far as ensuring there is a single minimum weight for riders with their bikes - is widely reported to have been introduced due to the advantage Alvaro Bautista and Ducati would have on account of both rider and bike being substantially lighter than competitors.

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