MSV has announced a minor amendment to the way podium credits are handed out during the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship in an effort to greater reward those who score race victories.
As it stands, riders accumulate additional points towards the three-round 'Title Showdown' at the end of the season by finishing on the podium, with three extra points for the race winner, two for second and one for third.
For the six riders that qualify for the Showdown, these credits are then added to an equalised score of 500 points, with the rider who has accrued the most podium credits starting the shootout with a slight edge over their rivals.
For 2014, however, MSV will increase the prize for race wins during the first 19-race portion of the season, with five points available to riders that win races, along with three points awarded to second place finishers and one point for third place finishers.
Intended to increase the emphasis on success during the first part of the season, had this format been in the place for the 2013, for instance, Shane Byrne's nine wins during the opening nine rounds would have seen him start the Title Showdown with a 12 point advantage over eventual champion Alex Lowes, rather than six points.
Though Lowes would have still be crowned champion under the new format, albeit only by a single point, it's an amendment three-time champion Byrne said he would welcome in a recent interview
“I think that you do way too much work, three quarters of the year, trying to get podium credits,” he said. “I went from a 30 point lead to a 6 point lead because of the podium credits and I think that's a little bit unfair. At the end of the day, I think that they'll modify that.”
The opening round of the 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at Brands Hatch on 21st April, with the Assen, Silverstone and Brands Hatch once again hosting the three-round, seven race Title Showdown at the end of the season.