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Superbikes Holland 2012: we analyze the regulation changes that apply in 2012
Superbikes Holland 2012: we analyze the regulation changes that apply in 2012

The race at the Assen Circuit of the Superbike World Championship of this past weekend allowed us to see in practice some of the regulation changes that have been applied this year, especially in relation to the qualifying and race sessions when the rain makes its appearance.

To start, let's talk about pre-Superpole practice sessions which this year will last 45 minutes. Once finished, the grid formation is decided by three batches, as in previous years. In this way, the top 16 are classified for SP1 and of these, 12 go to SP2. Finally, the eight with the best time will play it in the Superpole. But on Saturday we couldn't see this because it was raining …

The 2012 Superpole format in wet conditions

If Career Directorate decides that the Superpole takes place in wet conditions, the total of sessions becomes only two, eliminating the last one in which everything was at stake in one round. Thus, the best 16 are classified for the SP1 with a duration of 20 minutes and from here the eight best drivers come out with the respective best times who ride for another 20 minutes in the so-called SP2. Whoever gets the best record will be in the front line.

Red flag for rain

Likewise, in the first race we could see how when twelve laps had been contested, the appearance of rain forced the Race Direction to raise the red flag to stop the race. In Superbikes, unlike in MotoGP, the flag to flag race format has not been adopted that allows entering the pits to change saddle since it would be impossible since this year, the riders only have one motorcycle for the whole weekend.

Until 2011, the times of the second race were added to those of the first, so it was a bit difficult to keep track of the position held by the drivers, both from outside and even in it. Since this year it has been done as in Moto3 and Moto2, that is, a new career the sprint, with fewer laps and whose starting order is fixed according to the finish line that the pilots had in the lap prior to the appearance of the red flag.

Thus, the resumption of the first race in the Netherlands after the relevant set-up and tire change it was only nine laps and with Leon Haslam starting from the first position instead of Tom Sykes, who was the one who had achieved the pole.

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