After failing to meet the minimum homologation numbers set forth by the FIM, Bimota has been ousted from the 2014 World Superbike Championship effective immediately.

Bimota has been racing its BMW-powered BB3 in the 2014 World Superbike Championship but its two bikes and riders (Ayrton Badovini and Christian Iddon) have not been scored in the results. Now they are out completely after failing to meet a new rule brought in this season to help smaller manufacturers like Bimota. The new rule allowed Bimota to race, but stipulated that they had to show proof that 125 of the

BB3s had been produced in the in first four months of the agreement. Bimota couldn't make that happen and thus “their participation is on hold until the date that the Italian manufacturer can meet the homologation requirements.”

In addition to meeting the initial inspection amount of 125, Bimota (like the other manufacturers) would have had to produce 250 units by the end of the year and 1000 units by the end of the second year.

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