Crescent Worx Suzuki team owner Paul Denning 'doesn't like' the new BSB points system, but understands the reasons behind it and is interested to see how it works out.
Last month, the BSB organiser's announced several radical rule changes for the 2010 season, most notably a new points system whereby the top six riders after the first nine rounds will go forward as 'Title Fighters' for 'The [title] Showdown', to be decided over the final three rounds.
The Title Fighters will all be given 500 points for the start of The Showdown phase, plus 3 points for each win, 2 points for each second place and 1 point for each third place they had claimed during the first nine rounds.
Riders outside of the top six will not have a shot at the title.
“Personally I don't like the points system. I really don't. But at the same time, racing isn't purely a technical exercise; it is sport,” said Denning, speaking exclusively to Crash.net
“And for the sponsors, for the TV audiences and from the promoters' point of view, to keep the championship alive - even if it is kept artificially alive - until the final three rounds is a novel concept.
“The problem is you could have had some bad luck at the start of the year, be up to seventh with three rounds left and now be ruled out of it. That said, I've never seen anyone win it from seventh with three rounds to go... It'll be interesting to see how it all works out.”
Crescent Worx Suzuki will field home hero Tommy Hill and returning WSBK race winner Yukio Kagayama in 2010, while former champions' Neil Hodgson and Ryuichi Kiyonari are also back in the UK to take on the likes of Josh Brookes, James Ellison and Stuart Easton.
“I think it's going to be a good season,” said Denning. “The fear was that there are so many fantastically talented ex-BSB riders now in World Superbike that BSB would gradually be diluted to the point where it wasn't holding interest.
“But there appears to be enough star riders now coming back into the series that I think the interest level should hold very strongly. It's going to be competitive again and I'm looking forward to it.
“There is a lot of enthusiasm within Crescent for BSB. Everybody is fired up to have a good season and do the best we can,” added the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team manager.
The first round of the 2010 British Superbike season takes place at Brands Hatch on April 5.