BSB bosses unveil new race weekend format and Showdown rules

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Bennetts British Superbike bosses have today unveiled a new race weekend format and changes to the Showdown for 2021.

The event programme takes on a new format, with the opening day of the event returning to two free practice sessions for the BSB class. The fastest 12 riders overall will be seeded directly to the Day 2 Qualifying 2 (Q2) session.

The second day of action will begin with a third, shorter Bennetts BSB free practice session in the morning, followed by Qualifying 1 (Q1), where the fastest three riders will progress through to the Q2 session to join the 12 pre-qualifiers from the opening day in the final fight for the pole position for the opening Bennetts BSB race.

Later in the afternoon on Day 2, the first Bennetts BSB race will blast off, designated as the Sprint Race. The third and final day of competition will feature a morning warm up and the second and third Superbike races of the weekend.

As the regular length season returns, the established Showdown format will apply, with some changes for 2021:

The Main Season will now consist of 8 events and 24 races.

Points will awarded to the first 15 finishers using the regular format of 25-20-16-13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

After the 24th race, the top eight riders in the championship standings will graduate as Title Fighters and be elevated to 1000 points together with any Podium Points accrued in the Main Season. Podium Points will be awarded for each main season race as follows: 1st - 5 points, 2nd - 3 points, 3rd - 1 point.

For the remaining 3 events, 9 races, points will awarded to the first 15 finishers using the regular format of 25-20-16-13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

The BSB Riders Cup will continue to be awarded to the first rider outside of the Title Fighters in the final standings.

There have also been changes to BSB testing regulations ahead of the new season, which outlaw full team testing outside of UK. BSB Teams may test for a maximum of 16 days in the UK during the season.

“The 2020 season was a huge challenge for everyone but the outcome was hugely satisfying. The co-operation and passion for the championship has never been stronger,” said series director Stuart Higgs.

“Even before the 2020 season had completed we were carefully scoping the structure for the 2021 season together with the teams, and the announcement today represents the next exciting phase of the Championship, which will see it celebrate its 25th anniversary next season.”