BSB: Organisers hoping to debut one-lap Superpole at Snetterton

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British Superbike bosses are hoping to roll out their new Superpole qualifying format for the first time at Snetterton this weekend.

The news BSB would introduce the one-lap Superpole qualifying system was welcomed earlier this year but a number of circumstances have prevented the new system’s debut over the first four rounds.

At Silverstone and Oulton Park, where it was expected the one-lap dash format would be used for the first time, wet weather put pay to any hopes of its introduction with the rules dictating that should conditions be at risk of changing during the session the system would revert to the timed Q3 sessions used previously.  

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For the last two rounds at Brands Indy and Knockhill it was decided the system wouldn’t be used, even if conditions were dry, on safety grounds due to the short length of both circuits. 

That leaves this weekend’s fifth round of the series at Snetterton for the one-lap Superpole to make its much-anticipated debut – and with that in mind, here’s a quick re-cap of how it will all work…

Qualifying 1 – Remains the same, 18 minute timed session where the top 30 riders go up against each-other in attempt to make it through to the next session with just the top 20 making it through.

Qualifying 2 – 12 minute timed session in which the 18 riders are cut down to just nine.

Superpole – Each of the nine riders completes an outlap, a flying lap and a cooldown lap in the order they ranked in Q2. The times from their flying laps will decide qualifying positions.

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing