Now that MotoGP has finished its provisional calendar, World Superbike can release its dates for the 2011 season. With two tracks yet to be determined (one in Europe, and the other in Italy), the word provisional is very literal for this schedule. The April 17th date is traditionally done at Valencia, but rumors suggest that Dorna has strong-armed the circuit into disallowing World Superbike to race there in 2011.
Where WSBK will go in its stead remains a big question mark, as surely Infront Motors Sports would like an additional round in the ripe Spanish market (WSBK will be at Aragon June 19th as well). The other tentative venue is in Italy, which traditionally is the round at Imola. With budget and safety concerns surrounding the track, it’s again a country WSBK absolutely wants on its schedule, but finding the right host will be an issue.
The season opener will be at Phillip Island, per usual, and start three weeks ahead of MotoGP. The second race, where it may be, will come one week after MotoGP’s season opener at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. Returning as the ultimate round is Portimao, as Magny-Cours comes in as the penultimate venue.
2011 FIM Superbike World Championship Provisional Calendar:
|February 27||Australia||Phillip Island|
|April 17||The Netherlands||Assen|
|May 30 (Monday)||United States||Miller Motorsport Park|
|June 12||San Marino||Misano|
|June 19||Spain||Motorland Aragon|
|July 10||Czech Republic||Brno|
|July 31||Great Britain||Silverstone|
|October 2||France||Magny Cours|