Will French FSBK Championship start a new life in 2019?

FSBK Championnat de France Superbike boasts plenty of important names in the list of its champions, as the presence in it of people like Julien Da Costa, Sebastien Gimbert, Gregory Leblanc, David Checa, Kenny Foray and Jeremy Guarnoni confirms the high quality of the championship. However, many problems have risen in the last few years and so the FFM (Fédération Française de Motocyclisme) has been working very hard to solve them already for 2019 season.

While the level has been increasing for some years, the quantity of riders has fallen from almost 40 to less than 30. The case of 2018 says it all: 41 riders went to Le Mans to contest the first round, but the number decreased race after race till the season finale at Albi, where the track was hit by just 24 men.

A huge decrease has been recorded for what concerns private riders. Once, privateers represented the majority of FSBK grid, but now their presence has turned weak for two main reasons. Firstly, the fact that Race 2 is scheduled on Sunday at 17:15 local time (too late, since “amateurs” must go to work the day after). Secondly, the poor TV coverage causes the investments by small and big sponsors not to pay off.

While these problems are waiting to be solved, 2019 season will kick off on 6-7th April at Le Mans without changes in the technical regulation (Superstock 1000-spec bikes are admitted). This year, Superbike class will be divided into Overall and Challenger, as the latter category is reserved to riders who are less than 28 years old.

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