Minor updates on the horizon for new season
As the start of the 2018 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship draws ever closer, the new timetable for the weekend has been revealed and we will welcome a fourth free practise session.
The current timetable sees Free Practise One and Two on Friday, which are both timed for qualifying before Saturday’s Free Practise Three which didn’t influence the rider’s position in Superpole. Superpole 1 and 2 followed on Saturday ahead of Race One, with fans treated to some stunning action. Sunday saw Warm-Up and Race Two, meaning the WorldSBK bikes were on track for seven sessions.
However for 2018 the series is set to take on a new format and will introduce a fourth free practise session, taking place on Saturday ahead of Superpole. Friday will host three Free Practise sessions, all of which will be 40 minutes long and will be timed for qualifying. This means the positions of riders at the end of the three sessions will determine who is through into Superpole 2, and who will have to battle in Superpole 1. Saturday morning’s Free Practise Four will not influence positions in the battle for pole, but will give riders more track time ahead of Superpole and Race One.
With a new and exciting format set to be introduced, it will offer fans an even more complete weekend of WorldSBK action with the opportunity to see more of their heroes out on track.
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