Yes, reportedly done for safety reasons as the tyres won't last for 200 miles on Superbike. Ducati has struggled in the past to last the 200 miles. With the shorter race (70k) it should at least make it to the finish.
Hodgy qualified third and on the front row, full grid here
. It looks like the Suzuki's are plenty fast but Honda are not quite there yet. Sort of similar to the first WSB race. It'll be interesting to see how the first BSB race ends up.
The race is on at 11:15 local time on Saturday, or 4:15PM on Motors-TV!
Keefy, looks like we're the only one paying attention here.
[Edited on 11-3-2005 by Felix]