World Superbike brings in unorthodox starting order rules for 2017

World Superbike series organisers have announced a number of regulation changes for the forthcoming season, including a new way to determining the starting order for the second race of each weekend.

World Superbike brings in unorthodox starting order rules for 2017
Chaz Davies, Ducati Team
Nicky Hayden, Honda World Superbike Team
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing, Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing
Start action, Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing

Until now, both races of each WSBK round had the same starting grid, determined by the qualifying order in Superpole.

According to the new system, the first race's top nine riders will still fill the first three rows of the race two grid, but the order will be modified by a new set of rules.

The podium finishers will be reversed and shuffled back to row three, resulting in the race one winner starting ninth behind the riders that finished third and second.

The rest of the top nine, from fourth to ninth, will all gain three positions on the grid as a result, giving pole position to the fourth-placed rider.

The weekend schedule of the WSBK rounds is also set to change.

The current system saw Superpole and Race 1 held on Saturday and Race 2 taking place on Sunday, although it has yet to be clarified how this will change.

Further changes include the ban of using scooters during track familiarisation and preventing riders from forming at the back of the grid to start the race.

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