December 8th

Donington Park praises new Superbike World Championship rules

The new rules being applied to the Superbike World Championship will result in an improved spectacle for motorcycle racing fans, according to Donington Park Managing Director Christopher Tate.

The regulations affect the starting grid for the second Superbike World Championship race of each weekend, in which the podium finishers from the first race will be reversed and sent to row three of the grid (meaning the third place finisher will start seventh, the second place finisher eighth and the winner ninth), while the riders from fourth to ninth in the race go to the first two rows of the grid, in the order they finished in (meaning the rider who finished fourth in the opening race will start on pole position for the second contest, and so on).

“It’s a very innovative regulation put in place by Superbike World Championship organisers Dorna,” Christopher Tate commented.

“We must all remember that we are in the entertainment industry, and this new rule should certainly introduce some added spice into the second race of the weekend. We must move with the times, and domestic championships in the UK on both two and four wheels have introduced rule changes in recent years that at first may have seemed dramatic, but once applied on track, resulted in brilliant racing and close competition, which British motorsport fans have greatly enjoyed, with a corresponding effect of increased numbers trackside.

“We now have the tantalising prospect of seeing the podium finishers from the first race working their way to the front of the field in the second event, which should make for thrilling action. The riders in World Superbikes are all top class, and I have no doubts at all that this rule change is going to make for increased unpredictability, more competition and a better overall show for all concerned.”

For a closer look at the new rules, click here.

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