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Two rounds of the 2009 British Superbike Championship will run three races over the weekend with one on the Saturday and two on the Sunday as usual bringing the series up to a 26-race championship over 12 events.

The new format mimics the AMA Superbike Championship double-headers where two races were held over Saturday and Sunday in order to give the crowd something to watch on qualifying day. This package makes Saturday a much better spectacle with the new qualifying format.
"There is certainly evidence that the weekend on site crowds are growing and to add feature content to the Saturday will provide exceptional value, and with 75 points on the board going into the final round it is a more natural way of ensuring we have a championship that goes right down to the wire," said Series Director Stuart Higgs.

August's Brands Hatch meeting and Oulton Park's season finale in October are the rounds that have been selected.


A statement from the MCRCB said:

"At a meeting held in September 2008 between the BSB manufacturer and team liaison groups and MSVR it was agreed by those present to consider a three race format for the BSB class at future, selected events.  This was passed to MCRCB for approval which was granted.  

"MSVR have selected the events at Brands Hatch on Aug 7/8/9 and Oulton Park on Oct 9/10/11 where the BSB class will have three Championship races over the weekend.  The most likely format will be one race on Saturday and two on Sunday. It is envisaged that full broadcast coverage will be in place for the Saturday race(s).  At all other championship rounds their will be two races for the BSB class which will result in a twenty-six race championship at twelve events."

The MCRCB has also made alterations to the Superstock 1000 rules capping the price of eligible bikes to £15,000. Rules are as follows:

The motorcycles must be homologated by the original manufacturer only. The model will be eligible for Superstock competition for a maximum period of 5 years.
Superstock motorcycles require FIM Homologation. (The previous local condition concerning UK registrations has been removed.)
The MCRCB may homologate machines, which comply or will comply with the principles stated by the FIM.
For Superstock 1000 there is a price cap of £15,000, this is the Manufacturers Recommended Retail Price including all sales taxes (not including road fund licence) and VAT.   In case of dispute the decision of the MCRCB Directors will be final.
All machines must comply with all requirements.

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