The World Superbike Series (WorldSBK) has made changes to its scoring system. Gregorio Lavilla, WorldSBK’s Executive Director Of Sporting & Organization (and former WorldSBK and MotoGP racer) announced the changes and how they would be implemented.
“The Tissot Superpole Race was introduced to determine the WorldSBK Race Two starting grid and make it more exciting. We want to offer additional entertainment and race action to all the fans attending the circuit and also for TV audiences. After the first round of the season, we were thrilled to see that this had been achieved. At the same time, we also realized that the quality of such close racing that the Tissot Superpole Race provided was the perfect definition of our exhilarating racing experience. For this reason, we have decided to give more value to the Tissot Superpole Race and include its results in statistics and historical data”.
Lavilla didn’t specify the scoring changes in his statement. However, it’s clear that WorldSBK thinks that what was once a way to merely decide the race 2 starting grid has become more important.
Ultimately, the scoring changes are as follows:
- The Tissot Superpole Race start will count as a WorldSBK start;
- The Tissot Superpole Race win will count as a WorldSBK win; and
- The Tissot Superpole Race podium will count as a WorldSBK podium (*)
- Fastest lap set during the Tissot Superpole Race will count as a race fastest lap.
Under the new measures, you can get credit without entering a race. You can get historic credit for a race start, race win and fastest lap without ever entering a race.
So should Superpole count for anything more than a qualifier? Are results of racers who only got credit for race starts, race wins, being diluted?
What do you think?