World Superbike bosses are considering scrapping the controversial reverse grid system introduced for the 2017 season after it hasn’t worked out as they expected.
The convoluted system sees the top three riders from Saturday’s opening race start race two from the third row of the grid in reverse order, with those finishing fourth, fifth and sixth elevated to the front row and those in seventh, eighth and ninth moving fourth, fifth and sixth.
The hope was that it would make race two closer and give the teams and riders often unable to compete with the might of the factory Kawasaki and Ducati squads a chance to be competitive.
However, the system has proved ineffective, with no race two podium so far this season having featured riders from any team other than the factory Kawasaki and Ducati outfits.
Not only that, but the system also hasn’t provided closer racing in the early stages with the top riders taking no time at all to make it to the front in the early laps.