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New race weekend format for Donington WorldSBK

Tuesday, December 11 2018

The Motul FIM Superbike World Championship will return to Donington Park on 5-7 July 2019, and will feature a revised race weekend format.

The major addition is a third race for the premier WorldSBK category, with the addition of the 10 lap Tissot Superpole Race on Sunday morning, ensuring there will be two World Superbike contests on the main raceday.

The first World Superbike race will remain on the Saturday afternoon. The Tissot Superpole qualifying session on Saturday will decide the grid for both the first race and for the Tissot Superpole Race, while the grid for the third race of the weekend will be based on the top nine finishers of the Superpole contest, with positions from 10th onwards decided by Superpole qualifying.

Championship points will be awarded in all three races, with the top-15 riders scoring points in races one and two, and the top-nine competitors scoring in the Superpole Race.

The World Supersport 300 category also has a revised format. The series will be split into two groups on Friday with two free practice sessions for each, while on Saturday, riders who haven't qualified for the first race will take part in a 'last chance' race after qualifying, with the top six finishers securing the final six places on Sunday's grid.

WorldSBK organisers Dorna expect the changes to open up different strategy options for the teams and riders of all categories, and will offer even more exciting races for fans and riders.

In addition to the World Championship categories, the event content will be further enriched with a round of the fiercely competitive Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship, and two races for the stars of tomorrow from the British Talent Cup.

Tickets for the UK round of World Superbikes at Donington will be on sale before Christmas.