News 5 Apr 2013

ASBK Superpole receives knockout-style overhaul from Symmons Plains onwards

Knockout style session set to put pressure on riders to deliver lap times early.


Jamie Stauffer celebrates Superpole victory at the final round of the 2012 season.

The Superpole format to decide Australian Superbike grid positions has undergone a major overhaul ahead of the Symmons Plains event this weekend.

Formerly the top qualifiers would have the track to themselves to put together a single flying lap in a bid for pole.

The format revision will turn up the pressure early, with clear track paramount and little opportunity for error.

The new Superpole session will start with the top 13 riders from qualifying in a 10-minute battle for a top time.

Nine riders will advance to Superpole two, an eight-minute session. Only five riders will advance to a final eight-minute shootout which will determine final grid placings.

In the rare event of a tie, officials will revert to original qualifying results to set the grid. Outside of the top 13, the original qualifying positions will be used.

The same format will be adopted for the Supersport class from round three onwards.

With 18 riders entered in Tasmania, just five will be absent from the 40-minute Superpole which will be run from 7.50am local tomorrow morning.

Superbike qualifying, a 20-minute session, will be run from 4.00pm this afternoon.