Starting the race at Assen, Netherlands, the Ducati team had to try harder because they got a cutting penalty of Rev-limit (Limit RPM) of 250 Rpm from the Superbike Commission body which included Federmoto International and promoter Dorna.
The previous Ducati Panigale V4R Rpm was 16,350 Rpm, cut 250 to 16,100 Rpm. While the Moriwaki Honda WSBK Team received an additional limit of 500 Rpm, which was previously 14,550 Rpm to 15,050 Rpm.
In the last three series, Bautista has won all races starting from Race 1, Race 2, and Superpole with a total of nine races. The deductions of the RPM limit aims to reduce the gap between teams and other drivers, and to balancing competition.
But it seems that it will not be too influential in Assen, because in Assen there are no long tracks like on the previous track Australia, Thailand and Aragon.
The decision was taken probably because the performance of the Bautista is very super from other riders. Nine wins, even in every race Bautista never more than 10 seconds when in second place, and the victory distance was also very far from the riders behind.
Technicians from other teams and manufacturers supported the Rpm deduction received by Ducati. It is predicted that Ducati’s performance will experience a slight decrease from before, because usually peak power will be lower than the maximum speed.
Cutting the Ducati Panigale V4R Rpm limit doesn’t apply to the Bautista alone, but also applies to Chaz Davies, Eugene Laverty and Michael Rinaldi.
New rules for Rpm Limit or rev limiter for all teams and manufacturers in the WSBK event starting from the Assen series:
BMW 2019 14900
Ducati V2 12400
Ducati V4 16100
Kawasaki 2018 14100
Kawasaki 2019 14600
MV Agusta 14950