EX­PERT OPIN­ION: JAMES WHITHAM

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There have been good years and there have been bad years. In that, I mean there have been years when it’s been jus­ti­fied as one or two riders may have been get­ting away at the front and years, like this one for ex­am­ple, where a straight points race would have been just as ex­cit­ing. But it’s here to stay and it will no doubt con­tinue to do its job. Shakey hated it in the early days as he said it cost him an­other ti­tle but more re­cently, it’s played into his hands and cer­tainly has done this sea­son. From a fan’s per­spec­tive, and I con­sider my­self to be one of those now, it dou­bles the ex­cite­ment as it’s all about who ac­tu­ally makes the cut at the end of round nine, and then, of course, how the Show­down pans out.

So I ac­tu­ally like it though I can un­der­stand why some riders don’t but for the most part, the rider who has per­formed the best through­out the sea­son will end up cham­pion no mat­ter what. Luck al­ways plays its part, but it does in all sports, there’s noth­ing you can do to change that. I think the whole sys­tem works well and MSV have just about got it right with the num­ber of rounds, the Podium Points for­mula, the cur­rent rules and the whole Show­down for­mat.”

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