BSB » Byrne finishes third, but scores most points


Shane Byrne signals his frustration at ending the 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship season in third, despite scoring more points overall than new champion Tommy Hill.

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Stavros - Unregistered

October 10, 2011 10:51 AM

So the guy who was best rider over the course of the season doesn't win the title. And if the rules hadn't been changed to handicap the leading rider it still would have been a nail bites. What rubbish.

Cubikrube

October 10, 2011 11:03 AM

And this is why the system needs to be changed. I feel for Shakey but there was only one rider each of the top two were focussing on and that was each other. Had the points system been the proper one we would(if this is possible)of had an even more exciting final couple of races as Hopper and Hill would of had Shakey to contend as well.
Not going to change it though are they? Shame

Paul46 - Unregistered

October 10, 2011 11:09 AM

I am not the biggest fan of the showdown system, however it has just provided the closest title shoot out I have seen. Also, every rider and team knew the rules at the start of the season and each of them have used the rules to their advantage at some stage of the season. Hopkins could afford to miss Cadwell, Hill managed to get into the showdown and use podium credits to take the title lead despite a couple of crashes and injury. Shane Byrne used Cadwell to test new parts going into the showdown knowing he was already through. Hill and Byrne made a bad tyre call at Brands and came in to change tyres to get a good grid slot for the following race. I would prefer the old system, but its not used and Hill is champion.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

October 10, 2011 11:11 AM

Hopefully they will change back to the previous system, where the person who scores the most points wins the championship. I found this year that the mid season was made much duller by the new format - having riders missing races or using them as test sessions because they knew that the points didn't matter as they had already qualified for the shootout stage.

Also - this changing tyres halfway through a race to set a fast lap is a nonsense and needs to be stopped right away.

Congrats to all the riders - regardless of the rules they put on a great show and a great seasons racing for the public.

Paul46 - Unregistered

October 10, 2011 11:27 AM

Sick Cylinder - I agree, unfortunately given the close finish they had this season it is possible it will stay. I also agree that tyre changes for fast laps shouldn't be allowed. If they want to keep the fastest lap qualifying scenario then it should be fastest lap set on the tyres you start the race on. Someone caught out in turn 1 can then return to the pits if the bike needs repairing but must leave on the same set of tyres for their lap to count? My original point was more to highlight that you can't just count back and say "XXX would have won" as the article suggest when circumstances would have been very different and riders would have ridden differently. Hopper and Hill just wanted to beat each other regardless if they were fighting for 1st/2nd or 9th/10th.

Dale - Unregistered

October 10, 2011 11:37 AM

Maybe you losers should contact the FA & tell them to take back the FA Cup titles from teams that didnt also finish that season on top of the Premier League.

6 riders qualified for the finals, Shakey choked on the big stage again, Hill won.

Sweeble - Unregistered

October 10, 2011 11:50 AM

At the moment I haven't made my mind up about the new scoring system, but if it provides end of season racing like we've seen, then bring it on! Other aspects about BSB I like include basing the next race's grip on the lap speed of the current one and going to a cheaper Evo spec. This year the only racing to watch has been BSB and Moto2.

Cubikrube

October 10, 2011 11:52 AM

Dale, your comment makes no sense at all, it is not a good or even relevant comparison.

I don't think Shakey choked at all and that is very unfair of you imo

Yes Tommy won and i genuinely couldn't be happier for him.

We are talking about the Shootout system which wasn't popular before and still isn't.

I am certainly trying to take nothing away from Tommy or any of the riders....whereas you certainly are with your dig at Shakey.

Love it when someone get's on their high horse and shows themselves for what they really are....

Don-R

October 10, 2011 12:02 PM

"Also - this changing tyres halfway through a race to set a fast lap is a nonsense and needs to be stopped right away. "

100% agree. This business of using mistake or misfortune to gain an advantage in the next race should be outlawed in next year's rules.

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