Karl Harris is expecting the new qualifying system to 'mix it up' when it makes its Bennetts British Superbike debut at Cadwell Park.
Qualifying will adopt an F1-style knockout formula from Cadwell Park onwards, with the leading riders, like Harris, needing to be classified inside the top ten at the end of the second qualifying segment to be in with a chance of challenging for pole position.
Having been proposed by the teams themselves in a bid to improve the spectacle on a Saturday (or in Cadwell Park's case, Sunday), Harris admits he is intrigued by what the new format will bring to the championship.
"The new qualifying system should certainly make it more interesting on Sunday, who knows how it will go?" Harris told the British Superbike
website. "In qualifying I always go out pushing from the word go as you never know what will happen on track later in the session so
“I think I should be ok in that respect. If someone goes down in one of the first sessions that could be it all over for them for qualifying if they haven't done a decent lap time and it could happen to any of the top guys. I think it should mix it up a bit!"
Speaking after scoring his first podium of the season at Knockhill, Harris is confident he can perform equally well at one of his favourite circuits on the calendar.
“Cadwell Park is one of my favourite tracks and it is completely different from anywhere else in the world. It is fantastic with fast, flowing corners and so many different overtaking places; Park Straight, Hall Bends and you can pull a move into the Esses before the Mountain to name a few.
"The Mountain definitely is my favourite part of any circuit and I always try to entertain the fans there by launching it in the air. I just love it!
"I am looking for a good result next weekend, especially after getting a podium at Knockhill. Of course it would be great to go even better but we will have to wait and see. We have done a fair bit of testing there already this year, so we already have a good set-up."