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Simon Patterson  says:

BSB adjust Showdown format for 2014

MCE British Superbike Championships MSVR have announced the first update to their highly successful Showdown format first introduced in 2010, with 2014 now seeing a major change to the value of podium credits awarded. The system, which takes the top six riders after 9 rounds of 12 and moves them into a separate Showdown with a base score and points awarded...

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Jul 07

Posts: 47

remstein says:


Why bother going through all this carry on, why not just reward the first 15 over the line and give them points from 25 for 1st down to 1 for 15th, GENIUS!!!

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May 10

Posts: 6

tel3 says:

BSB 2014

What is the point in all this complication? The showdown system is bulls##t; Shakey should be the champion because over the whole season he was the best rider. All the end of season lash-up achieves is distorting the true racing and consistency for the sake of cheap thrills for an uneducated/ignorant TV audience.

How many riders want this system? If they don't follow PC/corporate team orders I'm sure they don't want this to continue. A win is a win and should be worth the same points regardless of time of year or location.


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Nov 12

Posts: 244

ColonelClaw says:

Complain about it all you like but it's created some ridiculously close and highly entertaining finishes since it was introduced. Formula 1 could learn a trick from the BSB scoring system.

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Dec 09

Posts: 2490

supermario says:

Motorcycle racing

is an amazing spectacle to anybody with an imagination and some appreciation of the sport. I've personally never understood the need to "Americanize" it with cheap gimmicks. Its exciting enough.


However, if we do have to go this route, I think we should do it properly and not pussyfoot around. Really turn it into a circus


Donkey rides, face painting and a marching band. Plus every rider must have atleast one pitstop per race to change tyres, and the pit crew must consist of hot naked women. Of my choosing.


The riders won't have to worry about tyre wear and can rag it the whole race long. Plus there's t i t s and stuff. Perfect!

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Nov 11

Posts: 14

Points make prizes

remstein your right, go back to the old points system 25 down to 1, the points were not the issue it was the discrepency in the machinery that caused the problems, look at Ducati in WSB, the more money the team had (and manipulating the rules) the more chance of winning, now the rules on the bikes are spot on with the racing so close it is more often than not the rider who makes the difference. The bikes are near enough all the same with the cost restrictions, electronics etc evening them out. The format of the showdown is all about Palmer and his team ensuring big crowds at the final rounds on his tracks, go back to racing let the riders sort it out on track and not be slaves to the viewing figures.

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Nov 03

Posts: 2088

saturn392 says:

As in all professional sports

Northernbloke it's profit that dictates format - it's a business - that's the bottom line.

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Jan 14

Posts: 1

martinpgough says:

 Go back to a sensible racing format like everyone else.

The showdown just means that anyone lower than 6th might as well go home at that point.

I would much rather the chamionship be awarded to whoever gives the best overall performance over the full season, not excluding someone who might have got a late start due to a lower development budget!

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Oct 10

Posts: 108

Completely agree with the other comments here - go back to the tried and tested system. The showdown setup cheapens the championship victory.  No disrespect to Alex Lowes, but he was the second best rider over the whole of last season yet he ended up winning the championship - complete joke.  Feel gutted for Shakey to be honest - I think he has lost out on the championship on two occasions (may be wrong though) because of this silly points setup.

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Jun 09

Posts: 851

Please read all these comments BSB

 BSB keep telling us how much everyone loves the showdown approach, but as the comments here demonstrate we simply don't. Please read these comments. The showdown is at odds with the fundamental principle of sporting fairness, that the best rider over the season wins. All races must have equal weight. The showdown might arguably get a few more thousand through the gates for the last few rounds mind...  

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Apr 06

Posts: 1211

CosherB says:

this is not NFL ...

... where we have a regular season and then the play-offs.  motorsport, as others have said, is about equal points for a whole season of races.  just look at the stink the double-points-for-the-last-race issue has caused in F1!

  northernbloke - i take your point, but even Palmer wouldn't claim that Assen and Silverstone are his circuits!  lol

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