2014 World Superbike Provisional Calendar Released

11/30/2013 @ 12:31 pm, by David Emmett12 COMMENTS

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At long last, the FIM and Dorna have released a calendar for the World Superbike and World Supersport classes for 2014. The calendar features fourteen World Superbike events, but it is still very much a provisional list, with three of the fourteen still subject to contract, and the final race still marked as to be confirmed, with neither the location nor the country known.

The season kicks off as always in Australia, the World Superbike and World Supersport classes headed to the Phillip Island circuit for the opener on 23rd of February.

There follows another WSBK tradition: the interminable wait for the second round. In 2014, there are seven weeks between the first and second rounds, with the second event taking place at the Motorland Aragon circuit just outside of Alcañiz.

The WSBK circus then takes off for a tour through Europe, heading to Assen, Imola and Donington Park, before heading overseas again to Sepang, and a Malaysian round. Two rounds in Europe follow, at Misano and Portimao, before the World Superbike class heads to Laguna Seca, taking the slot vacated by the MotoGP class.

Another eight week layoff follows, WSBK only reconvening again at Jerez in early September, before heading east to Russia, then back to France and Magny Cours. The season then winds up overseas, with a return to South Africa – to Welkom, this time, rather than Kyalami – before the final ‘mystery’ round on 2nd November, taking place overseas.

That final round could possibly be another attempt to race in India, at the Buddh Internation Circuit outside Delhi, or it could be a return to South America, at either the Argentinian or Brazilian circuit.

Two names are missing from the 2014 WSBK calendar. That World Superbikes would not be returning to Silverstone had already been announced, but confirmation has also come that Monza has been dropped from the calendar over safety concerns.

Despite both its legendary status in World Superbike history, the circuit is no longer able to provide the safety required by the performance of modern superbikes. Safety is manageable in the dry, but as recent years demonstrated, the track is not safe enough in the wet. The 2014 provisional WSBK calendar is shown below.

2014 FIM World Superbike Championships Provisional Calendar (Last Updated Nov. 29, 2013):

DATECOUNTRYCIRCUITWSBKWSSSTK
23 FebruaryAustraliaPhillip Island GP CircuitXX
13 AprilSpainMotorLand AragónXXX
27 AprilThe NetherlandsTT AssenXXX
11 MayItalyImolaXXX
25 MayUKDonington ParkXX
08 JuneMalaysiaSepang International Circuit (STC)XX
22 JuneItalyMisano World Circuit Marco SimoncelliXXX
06 JulyPortugalAutódromo Internacional do AlgarveXXX
13 JulyUSAMazda Raceway Laguna Seca (STC)X
07 SeptemberSpainCircuito de JerezXXX
21 SeptemberRussiaMoscow RacewayXX
05 OctoberFranceCircuit de Magny-CoursXXX
19 OctoberSouth AfricaPhakisa Freeway (STC)XX
02 NovemberOverseasTBCXX

STC = Subject to contract
TBC = To be confirmed

Source: WorldSBK; Photo: Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

Comment:

  1. james h says:

    I’m glad to see Laguna on there. I do wish some sort of deal could be made so that WSS could be supported also. Until that happens, I guess we have to be happy with seeing only half of the show as we did with MotoGP, Moto’s 2 & 3.

  2. speedrider says:

    Welcome back Sepang!

  3. KSW says:

    David,

    With the announcement in this weekends Wall Street Journal regarding Repsol’s settlement with YPF, the Argentinian National Oil Company, which also included the involvement of Mexico’s PEMEX, I’m betting that WSBK will be going to Argentina. Just a hunch. The way I see it, Bridgepoint has gotten Canadian, Indianan and Argentinian tax payers to fork over money that will be going into the Dorna debt payment.

  4. jet says:

    Laguna baby,we’ll be there..

  5. smiler says:

    Seeing as MotoGP has 4 rounds in Spain and WSBK 3 on the Iberian Penninsula, then either Dorna will cave into their copatriot sponsor and have one in Argentina (thathuge market and well known place for motorsport) or go the distance and have another one in Spain.

    The rot has set in already.

  6. L2C says:

    Smiler, how many letters of protest have you sent Dorna this year?

  7. donno says:

    AFAIK this will be the 1st time Sepang will host a WSBK round.

  8. Kev71 says:

    Would love to see another round in USA, can’t make it to Cali. Every year

  9. Norm G. says:

    and still no love for any circuit in the homeland of the Japanese manufacturers. ironic innit…?

  10. KSW says:

    Donno,

    I get more analytics from Southern Asia than Spain. With everyone including Harley looking to that market why wouldn’t Dorna? Even if they do race in the rain

    Norm G.,

    Does Bridgepoint have a business in there private equity folio in Japan? Or one that they’re trying to buy? enough said.

    Kev71,

    There is nothing driving riders to sport bikes in the USA and Honda US just spent a boat load getting Nicky on Honda in hopes of selling bikes here rather than put the money into racing in the USA. They don’t have faith in AMA either so ….

  11. Norm G. says:

    re: “Norm G., Does Bridgepoint have a business in there private equity folio in Japan? Or one that they’re trying to buy? enough said.”

    perhaps some better questions: what happened overnite to the Japanese feeder system…? and does the culture now see racing motorcycles nothing more than a fast track to death, a dishonorable pursuit better left to decadent Westerners…?

    less speaking, more thinking.

  12. Would love to see the WSBK circus at Barber with all classes supported, it is a waste for me to travel all the way to Laguna again to just see the NASCAR bikes and the top tier Superbikes.