BSB 2020 is go! Provisional six round calendar set to start in eight weeks time
The 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship will finally kick into action starting at Donington Park on 7 - 9 August.
With the original calendar decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, series bosses have worked tirelessly with teams in a bid to get the world's best domestic championship off the ground with confirmation of a six round series all of which will be triple headers making it a credible 18 race championship.
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MCN spoke with series boss Stuart Higgs for an exclusive insight into how, where and when the series will re-start in eight weeks time.
What will be the format of each round?
It will be a standard format which will see Free Practice on Friday and Free practice on Saturday morning. We will then run a slimmed down qualifying session before race one on Saturday afternoon which will be either 2/3 or 3/4 of the normal race distance to give it its own character. Then a regular Sunday with a Superbike warm-up and two full length races in the afternoon.
Will there be a Showdown?
We’re still discussing with the teams, but my feeling is that as it’s 18 races which is a couple less races than what would be in a normal season (without the showdown) then the suggestion is that it would be straight season. There is thinking that the shorter Saturday race could have a slightly different points format similar to what they do in the WSB Superpole race.
What about all the support classes?
We want to give all the classes exposure for the rest of the year. Obviously everything has been displaced so we’ll have to slim it down but everything will run in what we believe will be a credible championship run over six weekends with each class getting exposure at most if not all of them.
2020 BSB Calendar
- Aug 7-9 Donington Park National
- Aug 21-23 Snetterton 300
- Sep 4-6 Silverstone National
- Sep 18-20 Oulton Park
- Oct 2-4 Donington Park GP
- Oct 16-18 Brands Hatch GP
For the full interview and insight from inside the BSB paddock see MCN out Wednesday, June 10.