Malaysia and South Africa are the new additions to the Superbike World Championship calendar after the FIM published a provisional schedule for the 2014 season. Misano also returns after a year away as Monza, Silverstone, the Nurburgring and Istanbul Park drop off the calendar while an as-yet unfilled overseas location will host the season finale.
Phillip Island retains its late-February slot to kick off the season with a seven week break before round two at Aragon. Assen hosts round three at the end of April with Imola holding on to its World Superbike round, taking Monza’s slot in mid-May. Donington Park hosts the sole British round on May 25th following Silverstone’s decision not to renew their contract, pointing to a drop in attendances and the commercial viability of two British rounds for stepping aside.
On June 8th, World Superbikes will race in Malaysia for the first time since visiting Johor in 1993 with Sepang set to make its SBK debut while a brace of European rounds at Misano and Portimao precede the championship’s trip across the pond to the United States. Laguna Seca retains its place after a successful return in 2013 and with MotoGP no longer hosting a race in Monterey, World Superbikes will switch to the vacated slot in July.
After a two month summer break, the championship recommences at Jerez which moves from its season ending position of 2013 to early September in 2014, taking the place of the Nurburgring which falls off the calendar after a farcical meeting this year. Moscow Raceway switches to September 21st, two weeks before the annual October trip to Magny Cours, before World Superbikes returns to South Africa. The Phakisa Raceway in Welkom will be the venue, ten years on from its last MotoGP race.
As it stands, the final round will take place overseas at a circuit yet to be decided on November 2nd while South Africa’s place on the calendar remains subject to agreeing a contract.
|2014 eni SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – PROVISIONAL CALENDAR|
|1 & 2||Australia||Phillip Island||SBK||WSS||23th February|
|3 & 4||Spain||Motorland Aragon||SBK||WSS||STK||13th April|
|5 & 6||Netherlands||TT Assen||SBK||WSS||STK||27th April|
|7 & 8||Italy||Imola||SBK||WSS||STK||11th May|
|9 & 10||United Kingdom||Donington Park||SBK||WSS||25th May|
|11 & 12||Malaysia||Sepang||SBK||WSS||8th June|
|13 & 14||Italy||Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli||SBK||WSS||STK||22nd June|
|15 & 16||Portugal||Portimao||SBK||WSS||STK||6th July|
|17 & 18||U.S.A||Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca||SBK||13th July|
|19 & 20||Spain||Jerez||SBK||WSS||STK||7th September|
|21 & 22||Russia||Moscow Raceway||SBK||WSS||21st September|
|23 & 24||France||Magny Cours||SBK||WSS||STK||5th October|
|25 & 26||South Africa||Phakisa Raceway (STC)||SBK||WSS||19th October|
|27 & 28||Overseas||TBC||SBK||WSS||2nd November|
|STC – SUBJECT TO CONTRACT|