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SGP QUALIFYING | HOW IT WORKS

Qualifying makes its debut in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series this year, starting at the Boll Warsaw SGP this Saturday.

15 / 05 / 2019, 17:47

Qualifying makes its debut in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series this year, starting at the Boll Warsaw SGP this Saturday.

How does it work and how will timing be used on an SGP weekend? SpeedwayGP.com is your guide!

Following successful tests in 2018; all riders’ bikes will carry transponders for this season, with the system used to determine who crosses the finish line first in every heat on Saturday nights.

The new technology also means the stakes will be much higher on Friday afternoons as riders compete to set the fastest lap and earn the right to choose their starting gates for the SGP showdown on Saturday night.

Each rider will get the option to take four practice runs in groups of three during a free practice session. The order in which riders take to the track will be predetermined by the FIM – not by the 2018 championship positions.

Times set during this free practice will decide the order for qualifying, with the slowest rider going first and the fastest rider last.

Riders will take to the track individually to set as many flying laps as they can in one minute upon the referee’s go-ahead. If they are midway through a lap when the chequered flag is shown, they can complete that circuit.

No-one from a rider’s crew will be allowed on to the infield during qualifying and riders cannot change bikes once they enter the track. If they are unable to complete a lap due to technical issues, they cannot take another run.

Once qualifying is complete, riders will then take turns to choose their gate positions for Saturday’s meeting, with the fastest rider getting first pick and the slowest selecting last.

Any riders who don’t take part or who fail to set a time during qualifying will be entered into a random draw, conducted by the FIM jury president, to decide their gate positions for the meeting.

For more on SGP Qualifying, read here: http://bit.ly/2GhYF5g.

 

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