Camier admits misgivings over new BSB rules

Last year's record-breaking title winner believes the changes are good for fans, but not so good for the riders
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 “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.

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Leon Camier, Airwaves Yamaha, Croft, British Superbikes, 2009 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
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Hedgeholer - Unregistered

March 12, 2010 11:31 AM

Good on Camier for speaking out. Its telling that he voices so many of the concerns people here have picked up on. And never mind the tag line & detail showing 'it would not have made any difference to Camier winning last season'. As the man himself says: There's now potential for someone to go into the end series with more wins than the rest of the field's combined total, something unfortunate happens ... maybe they're punted off by someone and injured or whatever .. and the show's over. It would be a horrible thing to happen. But I almost wish it would to put into real visibility the stupidity of the new rules. And if it did who would really be the champion?

steve jackson - Unregistered

March 12, 2010 7:38 PM

So there you have it Mr Palmer, as we all suspected the riders can see the BSB championship being discredited by your idiotic farce of a season, and how long after that will it take the sponsors and fans to realise that the best domestic championship in the World that has put seven brits into WSBK this year will lose all it's credability. Well don't say you weren't warned !!!!!!!! I just feel sorry for all the riders who will put in so much and receive so little back............... Good luck to you all .....

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