Estoril Replaces Misano on the 2020 WorldSBK Calendar

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The 2020 WorldSBK calendar has been given another reshuffle. After the Argentina round was dropped for 2020 last week, this week, the race at Misano has been removed from the calendar, to be replaced by a race at the Estoril circuit in Portugal.

With the removal of Argentina, it made no sense to hold the Misano round on its originally scheduled date in November, but it seems that other factors, such as money and the danger of another flare up of the coronavirus, may have played a roll.

Instead, the Estoril circuit, near the Portuguese capital Lisbon, has been placed on the calendar, with a round to be held from 16th-18th of October.

Estoril has previously featured on both the WorldSBK and MotoGP calendars, with MotoGP last visiting in 2012.

Since then, no world championship motorcycle series has visited the track, though reports from other series suggest the track is in need of resurfacing, with low grip and a lot of bumps.

The calendar remains provisional, given how precarious the pandemic situation in various Europe countries continues to be.

The provisional WorldSBK calendar is as follows:

Date Country Circuit WorldSBK WorldSSP WorldSSP300
Feb 28th – March 1st Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit X X  
July 31st – August 2nd Spain Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto X X X
August 7th – 9th Portugal Autódromo Internacional do Algarve X X X
August 28th – 30th Spain MotorLand Aragón X X X
September 4th – 6th Spain MotorLand Aragón 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 16th – 18th Portugal Circuito Estoril X X X

* Event to be confirmed

Source: WorldSBK

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