As the Ducati Factory World Superbike team finalizes its plans for the introduction of the 1199 Panigale into the series, two things are certain: 2011 champion Carlos Checa will be the team’s lead rider, and Team Althea Racing, who have worked with Ducati since 2010, will not be the team’s sponsor. The first bit of […]
Provisional 2014 World Superbike Calendar Released
The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) has released a provisional schedule for the 2014 World Superbike Championship. The 2014 calendar calls for 14 rounds – though one is still to be confirmed – and has a couple of notable changes from this past season.
Gone are the United Kingdom’s Silverstone circuit, Monza in Italy, Germany’s Nurburgring and Turkey’s Istanbul Park while India’s Buddh International Circuit will again be M.I.A. New for 2014 are Malaysia’s Sepang circuit, Italy’s Misano and Phakisa Freeway in South Africa. Laguna Seca will continue to be the lone U.S. stop on the WSBK tour, though the round is still subject to contract.
One more round scheduled for Nov. 2, though no location was announced. The FIM says it will be “overseas” which presumably means outside of Europe. Buddh may yet have a chance to fill that final round, though somewhere in South America may also be a possibility.
The 2014 season is tentatively scheduled to start Feb. 23 at Australia’s Phillip Island circuit. A long wait will follow before the second round at Spain’s Aragon circuit on April 13. The July 13 Laguna Seca round precedes the next long break before resuming Sept. 7 at Jerez in Spain.
The World Supersport class will run in every round except Laguna Seca. Superstock 1000 will race at seven rounds.
Provisional 2014 WSBK Calendar:
|Feb. 23||Australia||Phillip Island||X||X|
|April 27||The Netherlands||Assen||X||X||X|
|June 8||Malaysia||Sepang (Subject to Contract)||X||X|
|July 13||U.S.A.||Laguna Seca (Subject to Contract)||X|
|Sept. 21||Russia||Moscow Raceway||X||X|
|Oct. 5||France||Magny Cours||X||X||X|
|Oct. 19||South Africa||Phakisa (Subject to Contract)||X||X|
|Nov. 2||Overseas||To be confirmed||X||X|