WSBK Schedule Reshuffled, Superpole Revised, More Technical Changes Coming

With some sense of sanity returning to motorcycle racing paddocks around the world, many of the emergency cost-cutting measures put in place in late 2008 and early 2009 are being reversed. One of the most prominent was the rearranging of the schedules on a race weekend, with practice in MotoGP being cut from four sessions to three, and in World Superbike, having all of the action removed from Friday morning. The WSBK schedule had taken on a rather strange appearance as a result, with two sessions of practice for both the World Superbike and the World Supersport classes jammed into Friday afternoon. 

The Superbike Commission - WSBK's rule-making body - has come to its senses once again, and after bitter complaints from the teams - especially the World Supersport teams, who had their first qualifying practice at 5pm on Friday, often in very cold conditions - the change has been reversed. Practice once again returns to Friday morning, bringing qualifying much closer to race time for both World Superbike and World Supersport.

In addition to the changes to the schedule, Superpole has also been rejigged. As the number of entries for each round fell throughout the season, qualifying for Superpole became almost automatic. The rules have now been revised to allow only the fastest 16 from both qualifying sessions through to Superpole, rather than the first 20. The field will be cut down to 12 after Superpole 1, then 8 after Superpole 2. Superpole 3 remains unchanged.

More technical regulations are due to be published, which we will put up over the next few days. On a side note - of interest to the keener students of regulatory policy in international motorcycle racing - the technical regulations are drawn up by the Superbike Commission, which consists only of a representative of Infront (the organizers and commercial rights holders), the teams, and the FIM. The manufacturers have no representation on the Superbike Commission, unlike the situation in MotoGP.

The press release appears below:


FIM Superbike & Supersport World Championships
FIM Superstock Cup

Changes to the Regulations

The Superbike Commission, composed of Mr Paolo Flammini (IMS Chief Executive Officer), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Executive Director, Sport), Giulio Bardi (Team representative), during a telephone conference held on December 14 with the participation of Mr Paolo Ciabatti (IMS Director), Charles Hennekam (FIM CTI Coordinator) and Paul Duparc (FIM CCR Coordinator) unanimously decided to introduce the following modifications to the Road Racing Superbike & Supersport World Championship and FIM Superstock Cup. Changes in bold.

Immediate application

AGE OF COMPETITORS

Superstock riders: riders born between 1st January 1985 and 14th April 1995.

Wild Cards

Each Event host Federation (FMNR) may nominate 4 wild card entries for the Superbike and Supersport and 2 wild card entries for the Superstock classes, in their own event only. Once the wild cards have been nominated by the FMNR, IMS can nominates "one event" riders. (…)

SCHEDULE 

Thursday
17.00 – 19.30 150' SUPERSPORT TECHNICAL /SPORTING CHECKS
17.00   ALL RIDERS BRIEFING
Friday
08.30 – 10.30 120' SUPERBIKE & SST TECHNICAL /SPORTING CHECKS
09.45 – 10.30 45' SUPERSPORT FREE PRACTICE
10.45 - 11.15 30' SUPERSTOCK FREE PRACTICE
11.30 – 12.30 60' SUPERBIKE FREE PRACTICE
13.45 – 14.30 45' SUPERSPORT QUALIFYING PRACTICE
14.45 – 15.15 30' SUPERSTOCK QUALIFYING PRACTICE
15.30 – 16.30 60' SUPERBIKE QUALIFYING PRACTICE
Saturday
09.00 - 09.30 30' SUPERSTOCK FREE PRACTICE
09.45 – 10.30 45' SUPERSPORT FREE PRACTICE
10.45 – 11.30 45' SUPERBIKE QUALIFYING PRACTICE
13.45 – 14.30 45' SUPERBIKE FREE PRACTICE
15.00 – 15.14 14' SUPERBIKE SUPERPOLE (1)
15.21 – 15.33 12' SUPERBIKE SUPERPOLE (2)
15.40 – 15.50 10' SUPERBIKE SUPERPOLE (3)
16.05 – 16.50 45' SUPERSPORT QUALIFYING PRACTICE
17.05 - 17.35 30' SUPERSTOCK QUALIFYING PRACTICE
Sunday
09.00 – 09.10 10' SUPERSTOCK WARM UP
09.20 – 09.35 15' SUPERBIKE WARM UP
09.45 – 10.00 15' SUPERSPORT WARM UP
10.30   SUPERSTOCK RACE
12.00   SUPERBIKE RACE 1
13.30   SUPERSPORT RACE
15.30   SUPERBIKE RACE 2

TECHNICAL CONTROLS

Teams may present for Technical Control a maximum of two (2) motorcycles per rider for Superbike, and one (1) motorcycle per rider for Supersport and Superstock, which will be specially identified by the Technical Stewards.

SUPERPOLE FOR SUPERBIKE

- The first 16 riders of the qualifying practice results will take part in Superpole 1.

- The first 12 riders of the Superpole 1 results will take part in Superpole 2.

- The first 8 riders of the Superpole 2 results will take part in Superpole 3.

START PROCEDURE

Tyre warmers may be used on the grid.

No batteries or other electrical supplies are permitted on the grid. Riders may use a generator to power tyre warmers and air blowers on the grid.

RE-STARTING A RACE THAT HAS BEEN INTERRUPTED
(AFTER RED FLAG)

The final race classification (of the restarted race) will be established according to the position and the consolidated number of laps of each rider at the time he crossed the finish line at the end of the last part of the race.

OTHER SPORTING MODIFICATIONS AND TECHNICAL REGULATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE WITHIN THE NEXT DAYS ON THE FIM WEBSITE.
http://www.fim-live.com/en/sport/official-documents-ccr/codes-and-regulations/ 

With some sense of sanity returning to motorcycle racing paddocks around the world, many of the emergency cost-cutting measures put in place in late 2008 and early 2009 are being reversed. One of the most prominent was the rearranging of the schedules on a race weekend, with practice in MotoGP being cut from four sessions to three, and in World Superbike, having all of the action removed from Friday morning. The WSBK schedule had taken on a rather strange appearance as a result, with two sessions of practice for both the World Superbike and the World Supersport classes jammed into Friday afternoon. The Superbike Commission - WSBK's rule-making body - has come to its senses once again, and after bitter complaints from the teams - especially the World Supersport teams, who had their first qualifying practice at 5pm on Friday, often in very cold conditions - the change has been reversed. Practice once again returns to Friday morning, bringing qualifying much closer to race time for both World Superbike and World Supersport.

Comments

Have i missed something or

Have i missed something or will there only be 1 superstock class next year?

Total votes: 44

And only for the young?

Even an unmodified 1000cc sport bike doesn't strike me as a great rider development tool. But I could be in greatly in the wrong.

Total votes: 38

superpole

I never understood superpole. Whats the point? Seems like they could just cut it to 2 qualifying sessions and save some money there, eh? It gives the fastest riders more track time, its the slower riders that need it.

Total votes: 48

Watch it

The format is kind of exciting to watch. It's the ONLY thing worth watching of F1. It's like the exciting last 5 minutes of MotoGP qualifying but it happens 3 or 4 times.

Total votes: 49

Wish I could..

watch superpole here in the USA.
I used to watch it on the computer back when worldsbk.com used to show it.
I don't see why they can't show superpole, because speedtv certainly doesn't show it to us. :(

Total votes: 46

You can!

Ok, it won't be live, you'll need to wait a few hours, but it's usually online at least on sunday morning (before the races) on http://www.la7.tv/programmi/sbk.
Free and accessible from the US.
As well as SBK and SSP races all year long.

Total votes: 52

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