|BSB riders will be hoping for days like this for the 2013 tests…|
BSB bosses Motorsport Vision Racing have imposed a testing ban on overseas testing after January 2013. BSB is the latest series to put some form of cap on testing, with the MotoGP and WSB series both currently within their “Winter testing ban”, a blanket ban on all testing until the new year and a limit of 12 tests allowed throughout the season.
http://www.superbiking.org (a website organising a test at Cartegena in 2013) claim that Stuart Higgs and his team have taken a slightly different approach, banning only overseas testing. However this will change things significantly with many of the larger teams often flying to the continent for their first tests for the upcoming season. One of the main reason team managers would take their teams abroad would be to avoid the averse weather we so often find here in the UK.
It is assumed the rationale behind the decision is based on money and fairness throughout the field. Naturally, only the bigger teams can afford to fly their squad out to Spain. This would usually mean the larger teams getting more testing whilst the first official BSB test in March is the first chance for some of the smaller teams to get out. However, this means the larger teams may very well just test more in the UK – something the smaller teams cannot afford, as circuit hire is expensive. That being said, what this could mean is teams could share circuit hire costs, meaning more comparable testing for all.