WorldSBK: German Round Officially Canceled, Jerez Rescheduled

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The German round of WorldSBK at Oschersleben has now officially been canceled.

With Germany still imposing restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and large-scale events being banned in the country until August 31st, it was clear that the race would have to be postponed at the very least.

When postponement proved not to be possible, cancellation was the only option which remained. In its place, Dorna is planning to hold a round of WorldSBK in Jerez.

Today, Dorna, the regional government of Andalusia, and the city council of Jerez submitted a proposal to the Spanish government to stage two MotoGP races and a round of WorldSBK at the Jerez circuit, to bring a return to world championship motorcycle racing.

The MotoGP races would be held on the weekends of July 19th and 26th, while the WorldSBK round would take place on the weekend of August 2nd. All races would happen with a much-reduced paddock, and without fans present.

That proposal must now be approved by several Spanish ministries, including the ministry of health and the ministry for transport. Once they give the go ahead, the MotoGP and WorldSBK rounds can go ahead.

At the moment, the WorldSBK calendar is due to resume at Donington Park on the weekend of July 5th. However, it is unclear whether that can go ahead as planned.

Source: WorldSBK; Photo: © 2017 Tony Goldsmith / Asphalt & Rubber – All Rights Reserved

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