Assen WorldSBK Round Postponed Until August, But More Calendar Changes Still to Come

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The COVID-19 outbreak has caused further delay in the WorldSBK calendar. Today, it was announced that the Dutch round of WorldSBK, due to be held at Assen on the weekend of April 19th, has been postponed, and pushed back to August.

The postponement of the Assen round became inevitable on Monday night, after the Dutch government extended its ban on public events until June 1st, and tightened restrictions on travel and gatherings.

Preparations for the change had been going on for some time, as the TT Circuit in Assen has a full calendar of events, with some kind of activity taking place on most days of the year.

The new spot slots the WorldSBK race in between two other major events, the Gamma Racing Day, from August 7th-9th, and the Assen DTM round, from September 4th-6th.

The postponement of Assen is unlikely to be the last change to the WorldSBK calendar. The calendar has now been labeled as provisional by the FIM and Dorna, a wise move given the current state of the coronavirus crisis.

The rounds in Italy and Spain are also likely to be postponed and rescheduled, given the current state of affairs in those countries. Another calendar revision is expected later this week.

Provisional 2020 WorldSBK Championship Calendar:

Date Country Circuit WorldSBK WorldSSP WorldSSP300
Feb 28th – March 1st Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit X X  
March 13th – 15th Qatar Losail International Circuit* X X  
May 8th – 10th  Italy Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola X X X
 May 22nd – 24th Spain MotorLand Aragón X X X
June 12th – 14th Italy Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” X X X
July 3rd – 5th  United Kingdom Donington Park X X X
July 31st – August 2nd Germany Motorsport Arena Oschersleben X X X
August 21st – 23rd The Netherlands TT Circuit Assen X X X
September 4th – 6th Portugal Autódromo Internacional do Algarve X X X
September 18th – 20th  Spain Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya X X X
October 2nd – 4th France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours X X X
October 9th – 11th Argentina Circuito San Juan Villicum X X  
October 23rd – 25th Spain Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto X X X

Source: FIM; Photo: © 2019 Stephen McClements – All Rights Reserved

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