2011 Provisional World Superbike Calendar Announced

With the 2010 World Superbike season at an end, and the calendars for MotoGP and Formula 1 mostly settled, the FIM have announced the provisional calendar for the 2011 season. World Superbikes kicks off as ever in Australia, at Phillip Island, after a test the week before. A month later - and the week after the MotoGP season gets underway - the WSBK paddock heads back to Europe, for the European round at a circuit yet to be decided upon. This was the weekend that used to be at Valencia, but pressure from Dorna is believed to have kept the WSBK series out of that track.

The rest of the calendar is relatively similar to the 2010 schedule, with one or two slight changes. The spectacular Motorland Aragon circuit has been added to the calendar, though the WSBK riders will face the much hotter temperatures of June in central Spain. Portimao will once again wrap up the season, returning to the place the outstanding Portuguese track took in 2008. Imola is once again a problematic fixture, with the date penciled in but the track left open. Given that the date selected is the same weekend that Imola was staged this year, the chances of a repeat at the historic circuit are high, but once again funding and inspection issues remain. The US round at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah is once again on a Monday, the Memorial Day public holiday.

Apart from the location of the European and Imola (as it is easiest to call it) rounds, the other uncertainty is which support classes will be racing in Europe and when. The FIM 1000cc Superstock Cup - won by Ayrton Badovini on the BMW this season - is scheduled to be run again in 2011, and the European Superstock 600 Championship is also likely to be run again due to its immense popularity. The only question is, at which European rounds they will be joining the World Superbike paddock.

FIM Superbike World Championship

2011 provisional calendar 

Dates Grand Prix Circuit
February 27 Australia Phillip Island
March 27 Europe t.b.a
April 17 The Netherlands Assen
May 8 Italy Monza
May 30 (Monday) United States Miller Motorsport Park
June 12 San Marino Misano
June 19 Spain Motorland Aragon
July 10 Czech Republic Brno
July 31 Great Britain Silverstone
September 4 Germany Nurburgring
September 25 Italy t.b.a
October 2 France Magny Cours
October 16 Portugal Portimao

 

Other classes added to these events will be announced later.

With the 2010 World Superbike season at an end, and the calendars for MotoGP and Formula 1 mostly settled, the FIM have announced the provisional calendar for the 2011 season. World Superbikes kicks off as ever in Australia, at Phillip Island, after a test the week before. A month later - and the week after the MotoGP season gets underway - the WSBK paddock heads back to Europe, for the European round at a circuit yet to be decided upon. This was the weekend that used to be at Valencia, but pressure from Dorna is believed to have kept the WSBK series out of that track.The rest of the calendar is relatively similar to the 2010 schedule, with one or two slight changes. The spectacular Motorland Aragon circuit has been added to the calendar, though the WSBK riders will face the much hotter temperatures of June in central Spain. Portimao will once again wrap up the season, returning to the place the outstanding Portuguese track took in 2008. Imola is once again a problematic fixture, with the date penciled in but the track left open. Given that the date selected is the same weekend that Imola was staged this year, the chances of a repeat at the historic circuit are high, but once again funding and inspection issues remain. The US round at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah is once again on a Monday, the Memorial Day public holiday.

Comments

Aragon

Great news !!! Valencia does not even come close as a rider's circuit.
Italy ? Well, I would love to see an SBK round at Mugello. I guess Dorna would toss that possibility out of the window.

Total votes: 34

More races please

I wish WSBK had more events. 13 rounds just aren't enough to satisfy my craving...I guess it's all about money. At least they run a double. Aragon is the perfect replacement for Kyalami. Even on TV, it's such cool looking circuit.

I've never liked Valencia much so I wouldn't miss it. How about Brands Hatch for round two?

Total votes: 47

Agreed

I agree with cryogeneric about bringing back brands but late march it could still be under snow! at least very cold and wet. Northern Europe is not really an option this early in the year unfortunately. I cant understand why they start so early then go on holiday for a month!

Total votes: 40

Aragon is on the calendar

Aragon is on the calendar so no complaints from me. Can't wait to see what SBKs can do down the back straight. I reckon they'll all go roughly the same speed ;)

If they can get Jerez and Mugello on the calendar, I will be super-excited for next year. Not terribly confident they can invade those MotoGP strongholds though.

Total votes: 36

No mention of included classes at all.

Which is a bit of a shame, really. Strong rumour suggested WSS would not be coming to the U.S. next year. Would be nice to know for sure.

-jim

Total votes: 44

WSBK IN TROUBLE

I believe WSBK is in big trouble for a number of reasons not the least shrinking grids & factory teams deserting it.
It is also basically just a European championship (we'll see how many teams don't bother with Phillip island again this year) and is unfortunately lacking more cred everyday.
Technology and the cost that goes with it killing entry lists - why the hell do we have traction control on supersport bikes?!!
Can't help but think that next year will continue the downward spiral unless specs are tightened and costs reduced.
To my mind not being able to have even a semi competitive second Honda, Suzuki or Yamaha team on the grid is a joke. :(

Total votes: 45

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