The MCE British Superbike Championship MSVR have announced that for this upcoming 2014 season they are revising their highly successful Showdown format changing the value of podium credits awarded to place more emphasis on results achieved in the first part of the season.
The showdown system that was introduced in 2010 was initially designed to minimize the chances of anyone securing the title before the final event of the year, but the changes comes after talks with the teams who believe the system reduced the value of the results achieved ahead of the title showdown.
Previously riders were awarded the standard championship points, plus Podium Credits for finishing in the top three in a 3-2-1 points format, but that has now been revised.
The podium credits will now be five points for a win, three for second place and one for third, which means a rider’s results in the main season (after the first nine rounds) will have more influence in the overall standings.
The top six riders will still be elevated to 500 points plus any podium credits scored, with the championship chase is still likely to go down to the last round of the season.
Alex Lowes (who will be racing in World Superbikes in 2014 with Voltcom Crescent Suzuki alongside Eugene Laverty) won the 2013 title despite trailing Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne by three wins going into the Showdown phase, but if this format had been in place in 2013, the reigning champion who took the title by seven points, would have won only by a single point.
The opening round of the 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at Brands Hatch on Easter Monday, 21 April, with the Main Season concluding after the ninth round of the championship at Donington Park on 7 September, while three-round Showdown will once again be hosted at Assen, Silverstone and finally Brands Hatch on 18/19 October.