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World Superbike Championship bosses announce minor changes to the Superpole format for the 2010 season

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pp916 - Unregistered

December 01, 2009 2:59 PM

They needed to do something about tyre allocation across the 3 superpole sessions to address those that use their qualifiers in the first 2 sessions, guaranteeing themselves a second row start, then ambling around in superpole 3 with no intention of trying for pole and getting in the way of those that are more serious.......Fonzi Nieto was a prime example at Portimao, just ar*ing about for the whole of the last session.
Also don't like the superstock 600 being relegated to Saturday.....often the most exciting race of the day and a shop window for young talent..won't do their sponsorship prospects any good either if there's less exposure...why have they done it?


December 01, 2009 3:24 PM

600 Superstock race move to Saturday-

The only reason I can think of is to ease the Sunday schedule in case of bad weather or similar, but you're right that it is often the best race of the day - the Donington race this year was worth the ticket price alone!

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

December 01, 2009 7:49 PM

I was hoping that they would scrap qualifying tyres - then we would see riders using the whole of qualifying sessions with improvements in times coming through thick and fast at the end of each session and a track full of bikes. Half the time now you're just watching an empty track.


December 01, 2009 9:13 PM

I think the two qualifiers for three sessions is interesting. It necessitates some strategy. Using a qualifier in the first session is part of that strategy--even if it means you won't be competitive in the final one. This opens the door for people humping around in that session but there's going to be pro's and con's no matter how you run Superpole. But the current format works... mostly.

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