Good news for British motorcycle racing fans, as Donington Park has secured a spot on the 2011 World Superbike calendar. But the real good news for the Brits is that WSBK will come to both Donington and Silverstone next year, giving the sometimes rainy island a double-helping of production-based international motorcycle racing.
The announcement signals the rescue of the British track from what seemed like certain death, after planned renovations fell through and the track was unable to secure a Formula 1 bid, leaving the Donington Park leasees without a dime to spend, and without a track circuit to run (construction had begun to make the track conform to Formula 1 standards).
With the Wheatcroft family (the owners of the circuit) back in control of operating the track’s facilities, Donington once again has a completed world-class track for cars and bikes to compete upon, as well as the financing available to promote and run events. With World Superbike scheduled for a March 27, 2011 race, while Silverstone will get a more preferred July 31st running.
While it could be a wet round in Donington, British fans undoubtedly have to be happy about seeing two rounds of World Superbike action on their home turf, while us Yanks get only one viewing at Miller Motorsports Park.