WSB en­ters brave new world

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

Phillip Is­land saw the start of a new era for World Su­per­bikes with proper races on both Satur­day and Sun­day. Two hour-long prac­tice ses­sions took place on the Fri­day and on Satur­day there was a 15-minute ses­sion be­fore Su­per­pole, the two-part Su­per­pole it­self and then race one.

A warm-up ses­sion and one fi­nal race were all the Su­per­bike rid­ers had to do on Sun­day.

Aus­tralia was one of the ter­ri­to­ries most against the new for­mat in terms of the ini­tial pub­lic re­ac­tion, but over­all week­end pre-sales were up. The fi­nal crowd at­ten­dance was up by 7%, to 61,097 across all three days com­pared to 2015.

Sun­day saw over 31,000 fans af­ter Satur­day’s 19,000.

We asked some of the top su­per­bike run­ners how they felt about the changes, af­ter their first taste of the new dou­ble race- day re­al­ity.

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