The FIM today released the provisional 2018 WorldSBK version. Just as last year, the schedule contains thirteen rounds, spread out from February to late October. Two circuits visited in 2017 are out, Jerez and the Lausitzring, while Brno makes a return to the WorldSBK schedule, and a brand new circuit in the west of Argentina, near the border with Chile.
Laguna Seca, USA
After Laguna Seca the future of WorldSBK was once again questioned. Asking the right question may be more important than finding the right answer immediately
“I've said it before and I'll say it again, democracy simply doesn't work,” so said this intrepid reporter when faced with reports that Bart's Comet would bring destruction to Springfield. It was a time of uncertainty and peril for America's greatest city but one from which it recovered by maintaining the status-quo.
While the WorldSBK paddock isn't standing on Mount Springfield singing Que Sera Sera and waiting for the comet to hit, it is facing a moment of truth about where the series is heading. It's always easier to swim with the tide but for WorldSBK patience and thoroughness are more important than being swift and decisive in making the wrong decision.
Since Imola the paddock WorldSBK has been filled with rumor and counter rumor about the direction that the series will take. Will there be a spec ECU? Will there be concessions for different manufacturers? Will there be testing restrictions placed on the successful teams? The list of possibilities has been the talk of the paddock with Dorna's Carmelo Ezpeleta even suggesting making the series into a Stock class, but what is actually best for WorldSBK?
Notes from our correspondent on the second WorldSBK race at Laguna Seca:
WorldSBK standings after the second race at Laguna Seca:
Press releases from the organizers and teams after the second race at Laguna Seca:
Another warm day in California and the last race before the summer break opened again with the American national anthem, this time performed on a trumpet.
A few notes on the first World Superbike race at Laguna Seca:
Press releases from the organizers and teams after Superpole and race 1 at Laguna Seca:
WorldSBK standings after the first race at Laguna Seca:
The weather in California was hot and sunny as the riders listened to the American national anthem before the twenty-five lap race. The Ducatis of Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri were coloured in the new “Final Edition” Panigale colours.