SO SAY THE RIDERS

We asked the two most ex­pe­ri­enced riders in The Show­down as well as one of the first-timers for their take on the process.

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Shane Byrne – Five-times BSB cham­pion

I still think it’s a hard sit­u­a­tion for the riders to be in but no-one can ar­gue it’s not a great end to the sea­son. The fans want to see the cham­pi­onship de­cided at the fi­nal round and in the fi­nal race but look­ing at so­cial me­dia and all as­pects around the cham­pi­onship, it seems clear not many peo­ple are to­tally for the Show­down.

It’s worked for and against me in the past but this year it’s prob­a­bly gone in my favour. I’ve had a few crashes and a few non-scores but still got into the Show­down lead­ing the cham­pi­onship which was ob­vi­ously good for me. It is what it is and seem­ingly here to stay so it’s all about do­ing the best job I pos­si­bly can in three rounds and seven races.

Peter Hick­man – BSB Show­down rookie

It’s the same for every­one but it’s not some­thing I nec­es­sar­ily agree with. For me, cham­pi­onship po­si­tions and the ti­tle it­self should be de­ter­mined by the rider with the most points over the course of the full sea­son. In the Show­down, the ti­tle could go to the rider who hasn’t scored the most points over the 12 rounds but who’s done the best in three rounds which doesn’t feel quite right.

It’s gone against me in the past and even last year I think I would have fin­ished fifth over­all on to­tal points scored and not the sev­enth where I ended up. I’ve been con­sis­tent all year long so I’ll ap­proach the fi­nal three rounds in ex­actly the same way I’ve ap­proached the oth­ers. That’s stood me in good stead for rounds one to nine so will serve me well in the fi­nal three as well.

Josh Brookes – 2015 BSB cham­pion

I’ve never known any­thing dif­fer­ent to the Show­down; I haven’t raced with it in a dif­fer­ent way, so you have to ac­cept what it is. I en­joy rac­ing mo­tor­cy­cles, it’s not dic­tated only by the de­sign of the rules and the points sys­tem.

Where un­der con­ven­tional rules if you’re in the ti­tle chase you still have a chance that your near­est ri­val will have the mis­for­tune that you’ve had, and you kind of rest your hopes on that. Whereas in the Show­down you have six guys all very close on points so you have to be very wary not to have a DNF. It’s a dif­fer­ent men­tal­ity of what risk you can af­ford to take,

The Bri­tish Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship is the high­est viewed and con­tested do­mes­tic se­ries, so I think that is credit to the se­ries de­sign. It must work be­cause the view­ing au­di­ence is high, the spon­sors are mo­ti­vated to con­tinue and that means the peo­ple who are get­ting in­volved are see­ing a re­turn in their in­vest­ment and I think it’s be­cause peo­ple are tun­ing in and turn­ing up to races. It’s like a pre­miere for the main event, it’s got el­e­ments that you can’t ar­gue aren’t in­ter­est­ing or en­ter­tain­ing

So, from my per­spec­tive if that’s what works, and that is what keeps us rac­ing, and that’s what keeps it en­ter­tain­ing then how can you criticise it?

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