Honda Racing Europe boss Carlo Fiorani has confirmed to bikesportnews.com that although he sees the World Superbike Championship needs to but costs, going to Superstock regulations is not the answer.
Fiorani believes that WSBK should go further back to its roots in production racing - which may give rise to a return to homologations specials like the RC30 - and should maybe take some pointers from the World Endurance regulations.
“We all want to reduce the costs and keep the image. Now everybody has to send their opinions from the technical regulations and now everybody agrees to reduce cost and performance. How to do this is not yet decided, including for Honda," said Fiorani, speaking to bikesportnews.com.
"We don’t want to go in Superstock. And everybody has the same opinion. We are in favour to go more in the manner of production but not Superstock. The performance of Endurance is OK, where you can modify anything on the cylinder head. Regarding electronics, yes, we are in favour of how to reduce the costs of electronics. No firm proposal yet so we do not know if they want a common ECU with a fixed cost.
"Another request from Dorna is if we want to fix a maximum price for suspension and parts. We should have the right to enter in the market with Öhlins, Showa, WP whatever we choose. Same for the brakes.
"Everybody has the right to run their own brakes but we fix a price and everybody has the right to sell a kit for Superbike for an agreed maximum price. We never talk about the real technical aspects so now we are still at the stage of the concept. Maybe endurance rules are good for this."
Get the new issue of Bikesport News for an eight-page special report into the future of World Superbikes. On sale Thursday...