BSB bosses working on multiple contingencies for 2020 season

| | British Superbikes
Picture: Impact Images

Bennetts British Superbike chief Stuart Higgs is working with multiple plans for the pandemic-hit 2020 season.

This weekend should have seen the opening round at Silverstone but because of coronavirus, nothing can take place until at least June with Higgs saying his series could still be run from September.

“We are trying to pre-empt every possible scenario with a possible restart from as early as June through to as late as September and play with multiple models,” said Higgs, who has recovered after showing mild symptoms of the virus.

“Whatever we put on has to be sustainable for the public and everybody involved in putting on an event.

“It has to be baby steps but I am willing us to get through it. Sport is a massive part of everyone’s life and we’ve got to try and look forward and be as positive as we can.

“From a domestic championship point of view, we do have some obvious advantages over a world championship in as much as our geography of operation is contained, we’re not having to move four jumbo jets full of cargo material around the world.

“That together with our position obviously as operating most of the UK circuits and having great relationships with the independent circuits, we are in a constant phase of dialogue.

“Running behind closed doors is an option but I have to say it is clearly and distinctly our least favourite option, it makes no sense to run a series just for a TV audience, the economics just don’t add up and I don’t think it’s what the Championship is about.”

Currently, MotoGP has two sets of three races back to back at the end of the year with omly a week’s break but that is no something Higgs is entertaining.

“September is probably the latest we can call it using what is generally not a bad couple of months in the UK, we’ve had some cracking weather days but we’ve also had some poor weather days, but we’ve also nearly lost rounds in July before.

“I think realistically the last weekend in October is not unfeasible, obviously the earlier we start, the more we can spread out, what I am not keen to do is say we’ve got seven weekends, let’s run seven in a row, that’s completely unrealistic.”