WSB: Three race schedule to be introduced in 2019

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World Superbike bosses have announced that next year’s schedule will include three races at each round as they look to increase interest in the series.

At the start of the 2016 season, series bosses ditched the traditional two race format in favour of a split race format featuring one race on Saturday and one race on Sunday.

This format has been widely criticised over the past two seasons and following feedback from a fan survey earlier this race, race bosses decided it was time for another change.
Keeping the opening race on Saturday afternoon, there will be an additional sprint race at 11:00 on Sunday mornings before the final feature race at 14:00.

No further details have yet been revealed as to how long the races might be, how many points they will be worth or how the grids will be formed for either race two or race three.

 “To bring in a third ‘sprint race’ into the WorldSBK format for 2019 is something we have been planning for a long time now, so we are delighted to see the plans coming together,” said series boss Daniel Carrera. “We are committed to bringing exciting races to the fans year on year, and we think the addition of a sprint race will add to the WorldSBK experience. We are continuing to work on the final adjustments and hope to bring more details in the near future.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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