Reigning British Superbike Champion Leon Camier has admitted he isn't a fan of the decision to dispute this year's title over a three-round shootout, insisting season-long consistency should be rewarded as before.
A host of new rules will be introduced to the British Superbike Championship in 2010, most notably the decision to equalise the top six scorers at the end of round nine before heading into a seven-race shootout for the trophy.
An attempt to keep the title fight alive until the final round of the season, had the rules been introduced last year, Camier would have entered the final three rounds on almost similar pegging with the likes of James Ellison and Stuart Easton, despite having won 15 races up to that point.
Indeed, although Camier points out that he would have gone on to win the title regardless, he admits he wouldn't have appreciated having his hard work over the first half of the year almost cancelled out.
“For me it wouldn't have made any difference because we were as strong at the end as we were in the beginning,” he told Crash.net
. “But in my head, because it has been the same for as long as I have been racing, it isn't so good.
“You know what it takes to win a championship and you have to work all year. Now, you can cruise at the beginning of the year and then get a bit of luck at the end of it - it isn't a true telling of who can win the championship.”
Camier also fears those who are considered specialists over the final three circuits – Croft, Silverstone and Oulton Park – may have an advantage at the crucial moment.
“A championship is over many races and many different circuits and that is how you win the title. There are a few riders who are particularly quick at Oulton Park, but they aren't as consistent through the year, so all of a sudden they might be in with a chance, just because they are good at a couple of circuits.”
However, while Camier also fears any potential champion could have their achievement discredited through the potential benefit of rival problems, he understands why the new rules have been introduced, admitting it will create an exciting spectacle for fans over the closing rounds.