2019 World Superbike Format Changes

Since its inception in 1988, the World Superbike weekend racing format always included two races. Both races were held on Sundays until 2016, when the series moved Race One to Saturday, followed by Race Two on Sunday.

The latter was introduced to boost attendance, but the numbers weren’t fantastic. Also part of the Saturday/Sunday race-day format was a unique qualifying for Race Two, which brought the third-row qualifiers from Superpole to the front of the grid.

2019 World Superbike Format Changes | 3 Race Format
2018 WorldSBK Champion Jonathan Rea

The 2019 World Superbike format was expected to change, and the FIM confirmed those changes on Tuesday.

The WorldSBK series now features a three-race format, with Race One held on Saturday after a new, one-session 25-minute Superpole session. This will be followed by a Tissot Superpole Race on  Sunday—a 10-lap sprint that will determine the qualifying positions for Race 2.

Also, there are only three free practice sessions, compared to four in 2018.

2019 World Superbike Format: CET Example


  • 10:30 – 11:20 a.m.: WorldSBK Free Practice 1 (50 minutes)
  • 3 – 3:50 p.m.: WorldSBK Free Practice 2 (50 Minutes)


  • 9 – 9:20 a.m.: WorldSBK Free Practice 3 (20 Minutes)
  • 11 – 11:25 a.m.: WorldSBK Tissot Superpole
  • 2 p.m.: WorldSBK Race 1


  • 9 – 9:15 a.m.: WorldSBK Warm Up (15 minutes)
  • 11 a.m.: Tissot Superpole Race (10 Lap Sprint)
  • 2 p.m.: WorldSBK Race 2