Due to tire put on points throughout Race 1, on the World Superbike season-opener at Phillip Island, Sunday’s Race 2 will embrace a compulsory pit cease, the place riders can are available and alter machines.
As a result of extra-abrasive situations discovered at Phillip Island this yr, these race change will even have an effect on Sunday’s World Supersport race, as properly.
Much like the tire points we noticed within the MotoGP Championship at Phillip Island, again in 2013, Sunday’s race will embrace a compulsory pitstop earlier than the tip of the 12th lap for WorldSBK riders (after 9 laps for WorldSSP riders), which can function underneath the collection’ flag-to-flag guidelines.
Which means that riders will dismount their machine, and mount a brand new bike, fitted with recent Pirelli race tires, with a purpose to keep away from the tire-wear points discovered throughout Saturday’s race.
Moreover, the race distance has been shortened for the Supersport riders, down to simply 16 laps.
For the Superbike riders, they have to full their pitstop on the finish of Laps 10, 11, or 12, if the race is dry. If the race is moist, then a standard moist race will happen. All of this could make for some thrilling drama, for an already attention-grabbing begin to the World Superbike season.
“Sadly we had some points concerning the tie life,” mentioned Gregorio Lavilla, WorldSBK Sporting Director.
“Following a gathering with the groups to debate the doable choices, we determined one of the best ways was to do a flag to flag, which fortunately our guidelines adjust to. We usually use it for climatic functions, however now we’re utilizing it for different functions, except its rains.”