Starting next year, all bikes in World Superbikes will start to resemble road bikes just a little more. With the introduction of 17" wheels and headlight stickers, the class takes a step back closer to the "race on Sunday, sell on Monday" ethos of production racing. In a move popularised by US Stock Car racing (NASCAR), headlight stickers will be glued to the front of each bike to make them look like street legal bikes without mirrors. Kawasaki have already adopted these stickers and their bikes will be wearing them on TV later today.
New World Superbikes rules for 2013: Lights, Cameras, Action!
The 17" wheels and tyres will be tested for the first time on Monday at the official Pirelli test at Aragon, and they are being introduced in 2013 as a cost-cutting measure as well as making the bikes looking more like their road-going brethren.
With CRTs and Honda selling racers in MotoGP, these additional differentiations put more distance between the two classes and remind viewers that these are indeed two distinctly separate classes.