2020 WorldSBK Calendar Reshuffled Because of the Coronavirus

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The novel coronavirus outbreak is touching all forms of motorcycle racing. After MotoGP had to change its calendar twice in the past two days, the WorldSBK series has also had to change its plans. With the Spanish round at Jerez scheduled for the end of the month, that became untenable.

So the Jerez round of WorldSBK has been pushed back to the end of the year, and is due to be held on the weekend of October 25th.

An arrangement has also been made with the Magny-Cours round of WorldSBK, moved a week later to avoid a clash with MotoGP at Aragon, which had also been changed to make way for Thailand. The French round of WorldSBK will now be held on the weekend of October 4th.

The WorldSBK season is now set to hold its second round of 2020 on the weekend of April 19th. But all planning at this time is provisional, and subject to change. Below is the press release and revised schedule:

Date Country Circuit WorldSBK WorldSSP WorldSSP300
28 Feb – 1 March Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit X X  
13 – 15 March Qatar Losail International Circuit* X X  
17 – 19 April The Netherlands TT Circuit Assen X X X
8 – 10 May Italy Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola X X X
22 – 24 May Spain MotorLand Aragón X X X
12 – 14 June Italy Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” X X X
3 – 5 July United Kingdom Donington Park X X X
31 July – 2 August Germany Motorsport Arena Oschersleben X X X
4 – 6 September Portugal Autódromo Internacional do Algarve X X X
18 – 20 September Spain Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya X X X
2 – 4 October France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours X X X
9 – 11 October Argentina Circuito San Juan Villicum X X  
23 – 25 October Spain Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto X X X

Source: WorldSBK

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