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Superpole reduced to 16 riders from 2011

Only 16 riders will qualify for Superpole next season as the FIM reveals changes to the World Superbike Championship qualifying format.
The FIM has announced a minor tweak to the World Superbike Championship qualifying format, with fewer bikes being allowed to partake in Superpole.

The 'knockout' format was well received when it debuted at the start of the 2009 season, replacing the previous single-lap method, though some complained that having 20 bikes on track during the short opening phase created traffic issues.

Coupled to the fact that there were occasionally only 21 bikes on the grid during the 2010 season – thus essentially negating the need for a Q2 session to decide who qualified for Superpole -, the FIM has confirmed only 16 riders are eligible to progress to Superpole next year.

Introduced to make things more interesting during both Q1 and Q2, the decision is likely to see some competitive riders miss the chance to qualify for Superpole altogether.

The move means the opening phase of Superpole will decide positions 13 to 16, before SP2 decides grid positions 9-12. From here, eight riders will once more go through to challenge for pole position.

Though other changes are set to be confirmed in the coming weeks, alterations to the schedule have also been announced, with the World Supersport riders having their FP1 session moved from Friday 14.00 (local time) to Friday 9.45, while the Superbike riders will be out on track for FP1 at 11.30 (local time), rather than 12.45.

The schedules for Saturday and Sunday will remain unchanged.



Tagged as: qualifying , superpole , FIM

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I am a mug!!! - Unregistered

December 17, 2010 11:12 PM

well lady gaga, I guess I am a massive mug as I will be there from the Thursday night to the Monday morning, sat on the hill at Starkeys Bar and I will be just happy to have bike racing back at Donny.

rusjel - Unregistered

December 18, 2010 7:25 AM

You can call me a mug as well, I'll be there at Phillip Island and I daresay that 20 WSBK bikes will still put on a more entertaining race than 16 MotoGp machines. The superpole change is good. Why don't they throw in a couple of points for pole? Imagine this scenario: Max is 49 points in front leading into the final round of the season and has 9 wins. Johnny Rea is coming second in the championship but only has 5 wins. Max wins superpole, takes the extra point then bins it in race one, breaking his leg. Johnny goes on to win both races and finishes equal on points but misses the title. You can argue this backwards and forwards but that is not how you would want a title to play out. Points should be awarded for what happens on race day. Good grid positions are enough reward for Saturday



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