Bimota halted from further competition in FIM Superbike World Championship rounds

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The Italian manufacturer reappeared under new management and showed promise when
they announced their new model, the Bimota BB3 at the EICMA show in Milan last November.
Plans for participation in the 2014 FIM Superbike World Championship emerged and they
were in contact with the FIM and Dorna.

Participation in the FIM Superbike and Supersport World Championships or in the FIM
Superstock 1000cc Cup requires any manufacturer to produce a minimum number of street
legal motorcycles, identical to the presented model for homologation, at the initial
inspection (125 units), before participation. Furthermore, other minimum quantities must
be produced at subsequent dates (250 units by the end of the first year; 1000 units by the
end of the second year).

Changes in economy and the motorcycle market in the past 5 years made FIM and Dorna
reduce the required entry level and total production numbers. Additionally, a new rule was
installed, allowing manufacturers to participate in Superbike events for a period of 4 months
from initial date of participation without scoring points. By the end of the four month
period, the manufacturer in question must show proof of 125 units produced at the initial
inspection visit.

To date, past the 4 month period, Bimota has informed FIM and Dorna that the required
quantity has not been produced. The homologation procedure and their participation is on
hold until the date that the Italian manufacturer can meet the homologation requirements.