Author: OIi Rushby Posted: 13 Jul 2015
British Superbike bosses have announced a radical shake-up for this weekend’s Brands Hatch round of the championship, which could see leading riders opt to start from the back of the grid in search of £50,000 prize money.
Riders on the front row of the grid for Sunday’s second race will be given the option to sacrifice their grid spot to start from the back.
Should they do this, any points they score in the race will be doubled and they’ll get a small cash injection of £5,000. The highest placed rider to accept the challenge will win the coveted ‘Monster Energy King of Brands’ trophy and should this rider finish on the podium they will win a substantial prize pot.
If someone replicates Neil Hodgson’s charge from last to first in 2000, they will net £50,000. A second placed finish would return £25,000 and third £10,000.
The move marks one of the most radical twists to the British Superbike series since the introduction of the showdown in 2010.
“I think the entertainment in bike racing is second to none,” comments Jonathan Palmer, CEO of series promoter Motorsport Vision. “The teams are great, the riders are so skillful; and the people in the sport are good sports as well.
“That’s why we felt that this was something worth doing. We haven’t introduced it without canvassing the teams though, and if they weren’t keen we wouldn’t have done it; BSB is a partnership. But the reaction from them was to be as excited as us!”