2020 WorldSBK Calendar Update: Assen, Donington, Qatar All Canceled

As the restart of the 2020 WorldSBK draws near, Dorna and the FIM have issued an updated calendar. In the previous version of the calendar, the British, Dutch, and Qatar rounds of the WorldSBK series were listed as to be determined. These three races, at Doningon Park, Assen, and the Losail International Circuit, have now been canceled due to the organizational headaches created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With those three rounds dropped, eight rounds remain on the calendar. The season restarts at Jerez on August 2nd, the week after MotoGP's second race at the track. The WorldSBK paddock then heads west to the Portimao circuit in Portugal, before taking two weeks off and traveling to the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain.

Back to back rounds in Aragon are followed by a single trip to Barcelona, before the WorldSBK circus heads north to Magny-Cours for the French round. They then prepare to fly to Argentina, to the San Juan Villicum circuit, though that round remains to be confirmed, because of the pandemic. The season then finishes up in Misano in Italy.

The calendar and press release announcing it are below

Date Country Circuit WorldSBK WorldSSP WorldSSP300
28 Feb – 1 March Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit X X  
31 July - 2 August Spain Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto X X X
7 - 9 August Portugal Autódromo Internacional do Algarve X X X
28 - 30 August Spain MotorLand Aragón X X X
4 - 6 September Spain MotorLand Aragón X X X
18 - 20 September Spain Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya X X X
2 - 4 October France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours X X X
9 – 11 October Argentina* Circuito San Juan Villicum X X  
6 - 8 November Italy Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” X X X

* Event to be confirmed


British, Dutch and Qatari WorldSBK rounds cancelled

Despite the very best efforts of all involved, three rounds have been cancelled as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

After extensive discussions and the assessment of a multitude of possibilities and scenarios, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and Dorna WSBK Organization (DWO) regret to announce the cancellation of three events that were previously to be determined (TBD) and to be confirmed (TBC). The safety of all parties within the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship paddock is of top priority and whilst the season is carrying on, a solution was not possible to incorporate every venue, given the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UK Round at Donington Park (previously postponed and TBD), the Dutch Round at the TT Circuit Assen (previously rescheduled, then postponed and TBD) and the Qatar Round at the Losail International Circuit (previously postponed and TBD) have been cancelled. It will be the first time in WorldSBK history that there won’t be a round in the United Kingdom, whilst the TT Circuit Assen has been a permanent fixture on the calendar since 1992, ending a streak of the longest continually serving venue in WorldSBK.

Gregorio Lavilla, Executive Director of the Sporting and Organisation Departments commented: “I am personally very sad to announce the subsequent cancellations of the three rounds. As a fan of our sport, I am extremely saddened not to go to WorldSBK’s birthplace at Donington Park and the ‘Cathedral of Speed’ at Assen, a track which has featured on our calendar uninterrupted since 1992. I am equally as sad not to not have the spectacle of a night race in Qatar, always something we look forward to. We explored all avenues in order to find a solution but unfortunately, one could not be found. However, this mustn’t cast a cloud over the Championship. The majority of our events in 2020 will happen and plans for a full, complete 2021 are well underway. We would like to thank everyone involved for their tireless work and cooperation, and also the fans for waiting patiently before our season resumes.”

The 2020 Championship will now follow the latest planned schedule and any further updates will be communicated accordingly in due course.

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It will be interesting to see what happens with the UK-based British riders venturing to Spain given chaos being suffered by holidaymarkers visiting same country and then being forced to quarantine upon returning.