The AMA just announced the Superbike finale to be held at Mid Ohio will be made up of several heat races of 5-7 laps where the top finishers will qualify for the 20 rider feature race. Riders who do not qualify for the feature get a consolation race of their own and the finishers of that race will be awarded places 21 through 30. It sounds like dirt track racing. This could make for some interesting competition and will group the faster riders together in the main event. We usually attend the races at Mid Ohio so it will be interesting to see how well this works.
From the AMA:
The AMA Superbike Championship finale, which will be held Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 at the Lexington, Ohio road course, will feature three heat races, a last chance qualifier (LCQ) and a consolation race. The heat races and LCQ will be intense, 5-7 lap sprints that give fans the thrill of watching a variety of different riders battle for a win. The top five riders from each heat race and the LCQ will make up the grid for the exclusive 20-rider final.
Riders who do not qualify for the main event will compete in a Superbike Consolation Race. The top 10 finishers in the consolation race will be awarded 21st through 30th-place points for the event. All support class grids will be determined by timed qualifying.
Full details on the AMA website.