Record Oulton crowd sees Kiyonari win

The premise of a six-rider shootout for the final round attracts larger than usual crowds at Oulton Park.
The 2010 British Superbike Championship came to a satisfying conclusion at Oulton Park over the weekend as around 45,000 spectators turned out to watch Ryuichi Kiyonari crowned as the new champion.

The final event of the new and somewhat controversial 'shootout' system, six riders went into the concluding round capable of walking away with the title, though it was 2006 and 2007 winner Kiyonari who won all three races to leap from third to first by the end of the weekend.

While the decision to equalise points in an effort to guarantee an exciting showdown at the final event has divided fans throughout the season, MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer feels the move has been vindicated by those voting with their feet.

"To have such a huge record breaking crowd at Oulton is great testament to the appeal of the new 2010 Showdown format, in which the top 6 championship runners have their points closed right up for the final three events,” he said. “The Showdown concept is similar to that of the safety car coming out briefly in the latter part of a race - the order stays the same for the re-start but the frantic final stages provide both pressure and opportunity.

“The fans love a championship to go to the wire and voted with their feet, turning out as never before. And BSB delivered magnificently at Oulton Park, with the champion only being decided on the final lap of the last of 26 races.

“The first half of race two was absolutely stunning with a four bike lead battle until Tommy Hill and James Ellison clashed fighting for first place. But in the end no one could dispute that Ryuichi Kiyonari and HM Plant Honda deserved the crown."

The shootout system is almost certain to remain in place for 2011, with Donington Park, Silverstone and Brands Hatch hosting the three rounds this time.

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on tour - Unregistered

October 13, 2010 12:47 PM

For Jonathan Palmer, 1)The unusual sunny weather brought the crowds out not your fooked up shootout. 2)At least have the decency to learn a Championship winners name,Yukio Kiyonari? 3)You can let go of the trophy when you hand it over you know,it's about the rider not you,he was holding on for dear life. 4)If you're gonna run bike events stop trying to change things,fans can get disenchanted and vote with their feet.

Hoppo - Unregistered

October 13, 2010 10:17 AM

The new shootout system had nothing to do with the record crowds, i know myself and the people i got to talk to at oulton all said they would have been there regardless, as tommy has ridden a brilliant season all be it with a blip in the middle but he was there because of his results and not the new system, its just pure coincidence they added this shootout in one of the closest bsb seasons recently.

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