The Bimota Racing Team hasn’t been much of a factor in the World Superbike series for the last decade, but they could be back on the track soon. Bimota has recently started working on a World Superbike motorcycle which could see the track as early as 2012.
Bimota was once a big name in the World Superbike series, collecting wins from riders like Davide Tardozzi, Giancarlo Falappa and Stephane Mertens. Anthony Gobert took Bimota’s last win in WSBK with a wet race win at Phillip Island in 2000.
It looks like Bimota is eager to get back to its winning ways. Bimota announced today that they have set up the Bimota Research Development Department which will research, design, and build a World Superbike Motorcycle.
Bimota hasn’t set a timeline for when the new bike will be ready, but Ruben Xaus, former World Superbike rider and current team manager of the Bimota team, recently tested a prototype in Almeria.
“I’ve been part of Bimota for a few months and I’m trying to bring my whole experience as a world-known rider,” Xaus said. “I decided to create a development project, a joint venture with Edo Racing that could allow more flexibility and a faster service so the company can fully concentrate on the planning and prototyping. SBK is at its beginnings. In our recent test at Almeria, we just had to check different solutions about the chassis and from the next step forward we’ll get to know better which is our project-competitiveness level.”