CSBK announces changes to points structure for 2022
The Canadian Superbike series is changing its points structure for the 2022 championship, bringing it more in line with the structure used in MotoGP and other FIM-sanctioned races.
The biggest and most noticeable change is that the total number of points available is lower, while the points awarded for qualifying and led laps remain unchanged. CSBK also cut the points in 15th place, instead of 20th place, as before. The changes will apply to all six CSBK championship categories. See below for a graphical explanation of the changes.
So why the changes? Organizers are hoping to promote closer battles in the title chases, by eliminating the huge point margins favorites could rack up. The CSBK press release explains it this way:
“While the introduction of the new system will continue to bring the CSBK circuit closer to its counterparts in the United States and Europe, it should also highlight more exciting championship scenarios for fans and competitors. The smaller point payouts will have no direct influence on positioning, but will do a better job of promoting battles in the championship, as evidenced by the tight competition in MotoGP and their feeder series.”
For example, in the 2021 Pro Superbike season, Alex Dumas won the Canada Cup by 31 points over rival Ben Young and a whopping 74 points over Jordan Szoke, with a gap of 159 points spanning the top five over Sebastian Tremblay. Under the new system, Dumas would have won the title with just 12 points over Young, with Szoke finishing on 44 points and just 91 points covering the same top five. Notably, none of the positions would have changed in the top ten under the new structure.
The system would have had a similar effect across all six classes, with the five 2021 national champions remaining the same, but with thinner margins.”
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that this aligns the series with the FIM rulebook as well, as we see Canadian motorcycle racing seem to be re-developing ties with this organization. Currently, the Canadian Motorcycle Association (aka CMA, our national FIM affiliate) does not sanction CSBK racing. If the CMA and the Confederation of Motorcyclists of Canada (aka the MCC, that the CSBK is linked) can mend their relationship, so maybe we will see more influence from the FIM in racing in our country.
We’re already seeing rumors about it, with Canada’s top motocross organization breaking up with the MCC and the subsequent announcement of a new FIM-sanctioned North American MX series, with a stop in Canada.
Or maybe it has nothing to do with it. Either way, we expect to see tighter racing and more emphasis on qualifying when racers return to Grand Bend Motorplex for the CSBK opener on opening weekend June 9-12. .