1997 All Japan Superbike Championship
1997 FIM International Superbike Regulations
Motorcycles for Superbike correspond to motorcycles of current production, available to the public, which have been manufactured and sold for everyday road use. Motorcycles must be approved and homologated by the FIM for competition in FIM Superbike events. Manufacturers are required to produce a minimum number of a specific motorcycle in order for it to be homologated; a factory that produces more than 100,000 units per year must produce 500 for homologation, a factory producing at least 50,000 units per year must produce 250, and all other factories must produce 150. Only modifications specified within the approved homologation documents for each model are permitted. The lower fairing must be designed to accommodate at least half the capacity of the oil and engine coolant used in the motorcycle if the engine is damaged. Only brake discs made of iron are permitted. Number plate colours are white background with black numbers (RAL colour table values: 9005 black and 9010 white).
601-750cc, four-stroke, 4-cylinder, minimum dry weight 162kg;
601-900cc, four-stroke, 3-cylinder, minimum dry weight 162kg;
751-1000cc, four-stroke, 2-cylinder, minimum dry weight 162kg.
Ducati 888; Ducati 916; Honda RC45 (RVF750); Honda VTR1000F; Kawasaki ZX-7RR; Suzuki GSX-R750 (T); Suzuki GSX-R750 (V); Yamaha OW01 (FZR750R); Yamaha TRX850; Yamaha YZF750 (YZF750SP); Yamaha YZF750 (YZF750R).
2 official qualifying sessions, each rider's fastest lap time from any of these sessions is taken as their qualification time. Riders will be split into two groups (A and B) for practice and qualifying sessions. Grid positions will be allocated to the 18 fastest riders from each of the two groups, arranged in alternate order. The maximum lap time required to qualify will be equal to 110% of the fastest time in each group. All riders must complete a minimum of 1 timed lap in official qualifying sessions. Riders who do not receive a grid space but have set a qualifying time are added to a reserve list and may receive a grid space if another rider withdraws from the event before the race.
Either 1 race or 2 races considered as separate races for the purpose of awarding points. The starting grid for all races will be based on official qualification times. Riders who fail to finish the first race may start the second race. Riders must complete at least 75% of the total race distance in order to be classified and eligible for championship points, though they are not required to pass the chequered flag.
Riders Championship: 1st: 20; 2nd: 17; 3rd: 15; 4th: 13; 5th: 11; 6th: 10; 7th: 9; 8th: 8; 9th: 7; 10th: 6; 11th: 5; 12th: 4; 13th: 3; 14th: 2; 15th: 1.
At the MFJ Grand Prix, an additional 3 points are awarded for each position.
The number of points-paying positions is dependent on the number of riders who participate in official qualifying. If there are 25 or more participants, points will be awarded to the top 15 finishers; the number of finishers awarded points decreases as follows with the number of participants: 24-22 riders: top 12 finishers, 21-20: top 10, 19-18: top 9, 17-16: top 8, 15-14: top 7, 13-12: top 6, 11-10: top 5, 9-8: top 4, 7-6: top 3, 5: top 2, 4 or fewer: no points awarded.