The British Superbike Championship has a reputation for providing a hotbed of competitive race action, and the 2001 campaign looks set to intensify this with the addition of 'Superpole' to the qualifying sessions.

The use of 'Superpole' is designed to add spice and drama to the qualifying, and will run to current FIM regulations. This means that the final grid-deciding session will feature the 12 fastest Superbike riders from the morning timed qualifying session battling against themselves and the clock in a single flying lap of the circuit.

Running order will see the slowest of the morning qualifiers going out first, and the fastest going last for the test of speed and nerve, along with the possibilities of major upsets that could even see Privateers Cup competitors setting the pace.

For the riders involved, there is the added experience of this style of qualifying for those wishing to graduate at a later stage of their careers into the World Championship.

The introduction of the 'Superpole' is not the only change to the format of the British series. The first of three days will be free practice for all classes, while the second day will have timed qualifying for all categories during the morning, while in the afternoon, apart from 'Superpole' there will also be the introduction of two 'sprint' races, the results of which will determine the starting grids for the following day's British Supersport and British Superstock championship races.

Championship points will also be up for grabs in these sprint races with the top three riders scoring according to the following scale; first - 5 points, second - 3 points, third - one point.

Race day will have morning warm-up sessions for all categories, with the afternoon racing programme of each meeting including two rounds of the British Superbike Championship, together with a round of each of the British Supersport Championship, the British Superstock Championship, the British 125cc Championship, the British 250cc Championship and the British Junior Superstock Championship.

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