The WorldSBK championship is to look a little different in 2022. Though the length will stay the same as in 2021 – 13 rounds – the order is to be reshuffled a little, with the intriguing prospect of a possible race at Istanbul Park in Turkey during the season.
The season kicks off later than usual, with Phillip Island likely to be moved to the end of the year, possibly as the season finale held after the Indonesian round at Mandalika Circuit.
Racing starts at the Motorland Aragon circuit, before heading north to Assen for the Dutch round of WorldSBK, which returns to its more normal date. After a four-week break, the series reconvences in Portugal for a race at Estoril.
The WorldSBK calendar heads east to Italy after that, for a race at Misano in June, before having a month off between the UK round at Donington Park. Two weeks later, the series travels to the Czech Republic to visit Most for the second time.
The summer break will be six weeks long, with the WorldSBK circus reconvening at Magny-Cours for the French round, then heading to Barcelona for the Catalonian round, and then back to Portugual, but this time to Portimão.
After Portimão, WorldSBK starts its sequence of flyaways, traveling first to Argentina, then to Indonesia. The championship will then most likely head to Australia for the final round at Phillip Island.
The thirteenth round is down as To Be Announced, but there have been very strong rumors circulating that WorldSBK is to head to Turkey and Istanbul Park.
Both Dorna and the circuit are keen to host a round, especially now that Toprak Razgatlioglu has become the first ever Turkish World Champion.
Confirmation of this could take some time, with details still to be confirmed. It is most likely that the race will be slotted in one of the larger gaps in the calendar, in June or August.
There are four calendar clashes with MotoGP, though only in remotely the same time zone.
Aragon WorldSBK is on the same weekend as MotoGP in Austin, Barcelona WorldSBK will take place several hours after the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, and Argentina WorldSBK will be half a day or so after the MotoGP race at Sepang.
WorldSBK Race 2 at Assen would normally happen at the same time as the MotoGP race at Portimão in Portugal, but there is a chance the WorldSBK race will be rescheduled for a later time.
The provisional calendar, and a statement from Gregorio Lavilla, WorldSBK Executive Director, appear below:
Provisional 2022 WorldSBK Championship Calendar:
|April 8-10||Spain||MotorLand Aragón||X||X||X|
|April 22-24||The Netherlands||TT Circuit Assen||X||X||X|
|May 20-22||Portugal||Circuito Estoril||X||X||X|
|June 10-12||Italy||Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”||X||X||X|
|July 15-17||United Kingdom||Donington Park||X||X|
|July 29-31||Czech Republic||Autodrom Most||X||X||X|
|September 9-11||France||Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours||X||X||X|
|September 23-25||Spain||Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya||X||X||X|
|October 7-9||Portugal||Autódromo Internacional do Algarve||X||X||X|
|October 21-23||Argentina||Circuito San Juan Villicum||X||X|
|November 11-13||Indonesia||Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit||X||X|
|TBA||Australia||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit||X||X|
*All dates, events and the attendance of spectators are subject to the evolution of the global pandemic and the approval of the corresponding governments and authorities.