WorldSBK bosses are clamping down on riders dawdling and waiting for tows during sessions and have adopted MotoGP style measures to stamp it out.
From the Lausitzring onwards, new criteria will be applied to stops riders being dangerously slow while on track and an eventual penalty will be disqualification:
- Each sector time must not be more than 110 per cent of the rider’s current personal best time for that sector.
- The first lap out of the pits for each session will not be counted (all sectors).
- Sector one of an OUT lap will not be counted.
- The last sector of an IN lap will not be counted.
- Deliberately running off track will not avoid a penalty.
- Allowance will be made for unavoidable problems, eg. crash, coming into contact with another rider, rain showers during a session, etc.
- Three or more slow sectors (not necessarily consecutive) in one session will result in a penalty.
Current penalties for offences such as riding slowly on the racing line, disturbing another rider, and for dangerous riding will still apply. These penalties will be given regardless of the sector times.