The FIM has announced the 2020 WorldSBK Calendar today. The series will hold 13 rounds in 10 different countries, starting at the end of February in Phillip Island, and ending on 11th October in Argentina.
The calendar sees a certain amount of reshuffling. The Qatar round of WorldSBK has been moved from the final race of the year to be second, and takes place a week after the opening MotoGP round at the Losail circuit. Qatar takes the place of the disappearing Thai round at Buriram, which has dropped WorldSBK in favor of MotoGP.
Oschersleben returns to the calendar, bringing WorldSBK back to Germany, with that race being held at the end of July. And Barcelona is to host both MotoGP and WorldSBK, the Superbike round to be held from 18th-20th September next year.
The calendar sees just one clash with MotoGP: the races in Assen are to be held on the same weekend as the Argentina round of MotoGP from 17th-19th of April. Given the snow that fell during the 2019 round of WorldSBK, that is a risky proposition. Mid-April can either be sunny and 20°C, or windy and sub-zero temperatures.
The 2020 calendar:
|28 Feb – 1 March||Australia||Phillip Island||X||X|
|13 – 15 March||Qatar||Losail||X||X|
|27 - 29 March||Spain||Jerez||X||X||X|
|17 - 19 April||The Netherlands||Assen||X||X||X|
|8 - 10 May||Italy||Imola||X||X||X|
|22 - 24 May||Spain||MotorLand Aragón||X||X||X|
|12 - 14 June||Italy||Misano||X||X||X|
|3 - 5 July||United Kingdom||Donington Park||X||X||X|
|31 July - 2 August||Germany||Oschersleben||X||X||X|
|4 - 6 September||Portugal||Portimao||X||X||X|
|18 - 20 September||Spain||Barcelona||X||X||X|
|25 - 27 September||France||Magny-Cours||X||X||X|
|9 – 11 October||Argentina||San Juan Villicum||X||X|
2020 OFFICIAL TESTS
- 24 - 25 February, Australia, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit (WorldSBK and WorldSSP)
- TBA, Official Mid-season test