|2010 British Superbike season|
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British Supersport Championship
British 125 Champ
Rule changesNew for 2010 will be an "Evolution Class", to replace the Privateers Cup, and is designed for teams to enter the championship for a reduced cost. The new rules have attracted larger numbers than the Privateers Cup, and have also attracted three new manufacturers in KTM, Aprilia and BMW. The Evo rules allow for full Superbike rolling chassis allied to stock engines and a control ECU which eliminates rider aids.
Series organisers MotorSport Vision announced a series of rule changes on February 3, 2010. Qualifying has been altered, with the "Roll for Pole" only setting the grid for race one of each weekend. This is due to the race two grid being set by the fastest laps of each rider in race one. Also introduced is a "second chance" system if a rider crashes on lap one, that rider will only drop eight places from where they started the first race. At the pair of triple-race meetings, the same rules apply for race two, but will also be applied for race three.
Championship restructurePerhaps the biggest rule change was the dividing of the championship into two parts. The first nine meetings (nineteen races) form the "Main Season" of the championship, before the final three meetings (seven races) make up "The Showdown". The championship change has been introduced after Leon Camier clinched the 2009 title with four races to spare, thus introducing a crescendo of competition.
The normal FIM point-scoring system still applies, with 25 for the winner and a single point for fifteenth. At the end of the Main Season, all riders then drop their two worst scores, which must be from events they have at least qualified for. From this points order, the first six riders in the championship standings will be elevated to a new base level and become the Title Fighters for the final three events and seven races of the championship.
Each Title Fighter will start The Showdown with 500 points and bonus points earned for each podium finish. Using the first nineteen races of Camier's campaign last year, Camier would have had 547 points due to his fifteen wins and a second place out of the first nineteen races of the season.
The standard points scoring format from the Main Season then continues for The Showdown, with all points scores from the final seven races counting. All riders outside of the Title Fighters continue to race for the BSB Riders' Cup, continuing to add to their points total from the end of the Main Season. This also applies to the new Evolution class.