Racing MotoGP, WSBK, BSB, AMA, F1, WRC, DTM, NASCAR, etc...

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-20-2008, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 14,712
  
Arrow WSBK WSBK goes 'knockout', 'flag to flag' for 2009.

WSBK goes 'knockout', 'flag to flag' for 2009.

Saturday, 20th September 2008

World Superbike Superpole changes to a knockout format next season, MotoGP-style flag to flag racing also introduced.

On Saturday at Vallelunga it was officially confirmed that, from 2009, the World Superbike Championship will change the format of its Superpole qualifying session from a one lap shootout for the top 16 riders, to a three-part F1-style knockout format featuring the top 20 riders. BSB also switched to knockout qualifying midway through the 2008 season.

The new rule, together with other changes - including the introduction of MotoGP-style flag to flag races - were unanimously backed by the Superbike Commission, composed of Paolo Flammini (FGSport), Claude Danis (FIM) and Giulio Bardi (Team representative).

First qualifying (60 minutes) and second qualifying (45 minutes) will continue to be held on Friday and Saturday respectively, with the top 20 riders then advancing to the new Superpole format on Saturday afternoon - which will run as follows:

Superpole
- The first 20 riders of the qualifying practice on the track - session of 12 minutes.
Interval of 7 minutes
- The best 16 riders of the preceding session on the track - session of 12 minutes.
Interval of 7 minutes
- The best 8 riders of the preceding session on the track - session of 12 minutes.

Starting grid
- 1st row: the best 4 riders of the 3rd session,
- 2nd row: the 5th,6th,7th and 8th rider of the 3rd session,
- 3rd row: the 9th,10th,11th and 12th rider of the 2nd session,
- 4th row: the 13th,14th,15th and 16th rider of the 2nd session,
- 5th row: the 17th,18th,19th and 20th rider of the 1st session,
- other rows: based on the results of qualifying (first and second combined).

Meanwhile, an equally significant change will be the introduction of flag to flag racing, which means that races "will not be interrupted for climatic reasons, and riders will be allowed to change machine during the race."

Presently, if rain falls during a dry race then the race is stopped and (if a minimum distance has not been reached) restarted. Aggregate times are then used to decide the final classification. This can cause delays in the race day schedule and confusion amongst casual fans.

MotoGP has used flag to flag racing, without any major problems, since 2005 (pictured). The full details of the new rules will be published at the end of the season, but it is assumed that - like MotoGP - if a rider pulls into the pitlane to change to a spare bike during a race then he must rejoin on a different type of tyre (dry, wet or intermediate).

Among the other more minor changes agreed was the removal of a proposed age limit for the Supersport class from 2010.

WSBK goes 'knockout', 'flag to flag' for 2009. | WSBK News
valerossi is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-20-2008, 07:04 PM
PCP
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 561
 
Interesting..
PCP is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-20-2008, 07:13 PM
7c Forever
 
Junior's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: the business end of a CAD station.
Posts: 9,879
  
kind of a shame, I was a big fan of superpole, nice to be able to see exactly what all the good riders are doing in every corner. However this will certainly be more exciting.

I'm not really a fan of flag to flag either, as I find it even more confusing than aggrigate. I mean I guess that chaos is what they claim to be after but I'm pretty sure it's really just about TV schedules.

Easy for me to say I don't like it tho, I watch them after the fact or by webcast where there's no TV schedule to maintain. If the race got cut-off 'cause Eurosport flipped to F1, I'd be pretty f*cking pissed.

HAIL TO THE KING!!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Junior is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Sport Bike Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome