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Rules andregulations … theycan be aright pain in the arse, but they canalso makethe difference between greatand terrible racing.


Huge crowds andclose action canbeexpectedat every round of BSB.

In whatever sphere of life we venture, rules are there to keep us in check, whether that’s riding a bike or driving a car on the road, going about our daily business in the street or toeing the line in the corporate workplace. Without them, we are bolloxed.

In sporting circles too, it’s no different as in order to make it as fair and competitive as possible all round, markers have to be laid down as to how it all operates otherwise there’s little point. Some rules stay the same indefinitely – the offside rule in football being a case in point – and others change with ridiculous regularity (NASCAR Playoffs anyone?).

And as with any rules, new or ancient, people will always look at ways of manipulating them for their own benefit. Bending the rules is as much a modernday trait as the idiom suggests and we all do it, whether we realise it or not. But when it comes to two-wheeled motorised sport, it takes on a whole new dimension as increasingly, more than any other time in history, the regulations not only dictate what happens on track for now, they influence the direction in which both the manufacturers and the sport will go in years to come. Organisers and promoters have to delicately balance the whims and wishes of the teams they work with as well as those of the bike builders they can’t do without while putting on a spectacle which both trackside and television audiences wish to subscribe to via means of close and exciting racing. All of this while future-proofing the concept to allow the necessary investment and embracing modern developments in technology and trends. It’s not easy, and not every championship gets it right – as is best highlighted by the current allure of the World Superbike championship, for instance.

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