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.
AGE OF COMPETITORS
Superstock riders: riders born between 1st January 1985 and 14th April 1995.
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. (…)
|17.00 – 19.30||150'||SUPERSPORT||TECHNICAL /SPORTING CHECKS|
|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|
|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|
|09.00 – 09.10||10'||SUPERSTOCK||WARM UP|
|09.20 – 09.35||15'||SUPERBIKE||WARM UP|
|09.45 – 10.00||15'||SUPERSPORT||WARM UP|
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.
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.