A provisional calendar for the 2021 season has been confirmed, subject to the development of the COVID-19 situation
The 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is taking shape with a provisional calendar in place ahead of the new season. Spanning three continents, WorldSBK’s calendar has a refreshed look to it for the year ahead and the title fight promises to take place right until the very end of the season. 13 rounds are currently on the provisional calendar with two new venues on the 2021 calendar; Indonesia is planned for a return for the first time since 1997 whilst Estoril will form part of a double header with MotorLand Aragon to start the 2021 season. All races are subject to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent restrictions that derive from that.
The first 11 rounds of the Championship will take place across Europe; MotorLand Aragon starts proceedings in Spain from the 21st – 23rd May with the Estoril Round following on a week later. A return to Misano and Donington Park – the latter of which is only for the WorldSBK class – follow and bring racing up until July 4th. The Dutch round at Assen will take place as round five in the height of the European summer from 23rd to 25th of July.
The next two races will be both be new venues on the WorldSBK calendar as the Autodrom Most hosts the Czech Round from 6th to 8th of August, followed two weeks later by the Circuito de Navarra in Spain, from the 20th – 22nd August, becoming the seventh different Spanish circuit in WorldSBK. The French Round has a slightly altered slot at the start of September as the sixth round, followed two weeks later by the Catalunya WorldSBK Round, before the Spanish Round a week after that and then another week later, the Portuguese Round at Portimao at the start of October. This will be the first triple-header in WorldSBK for over 20 years.
The final two rounds of the Championship will take place outside of Europe with Argentina being the first at the Circuito San Juan Villicum, before Indonesia returns and the Mandalika International Street Circuit debuts in WorldSBK (subject to homologation). The non-European races will take place with only WorldSBK and WorldSSP classes.
Additionally, a Dorna-supported test was held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for WorldSSP and WorldSSP300 on the 29th and 30th of March, followed by a two-day WorldSBK test on the 31st of March to the 1st of April, before racing action begins.
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