The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed back the start of the WorldSBK season even further. After the Assen SBK round, which had been due to kick off the 2021 WorldSBK season, was postponed until July, Estoril had taken over as season opener. Now, however, the number of Covid-19 cases and the prevalence of the Brazilian variant in Portugal has meant that travel restrictions imposed to combat the virus make holding the Estoril round on the proposed dates extremely uncertain.
As a result, the Estoril round has also been postponed until later in the year. At the current point in time, a new date for the Portuguese round has not been set, but the most likely timing for the race is around July or August. That is when both the weather conditions are favorable and there are the biggest gaps in the schedule.
The summer break has already been shortened, with the insertion of an additional round at the Circuito de Navarra in Northern Spain. The track, situated 60km southwest of Pamplona, in the province of Navarra, has played host to the FIA GT1 championship and the Superleague Formula car races, as well as the RFME Spanish championship motorcycle races, joins Aragon, Barcelona, and Jerez to make it four rounds of WorldSBK in Spain in 2021.
Whether this is a permanent shift to have more Spanish races, or merely a response to another Covid-19 foreshortened season remains to be seen.
The 2021 WorldSBK season now kicks off at the Motorland Aragon circuit on May 21st, with races being held on the 22nd and 23rd of May.
The new calendar and press release appears below:
MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship/FIM Supersport and Supersport 300 World Championships
2021 Provisional* calendar, update 09 March
The Circuito de Navarra will make its debut on the WorldSBK calendar, while the Aragon Round becomes season opener due to Estoril postponement.
Due to ongoing local restrictions the FIM and Dorna WSBK Organization (DWO) confirm updates to the 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, for what is set to be an exceptional season.
Following a further modification to the 2021 season, a new circuit will join the calendar as the Circuito de Navarra becomes the fifth Round of the 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship. Located in Los Arcos, in the north of Spain, the Circuito de Navarra was opened in 2010 and has already hosted events for both national and international level competition. The Spanish circuit will host, from the 20th to the 22nd of August, WorldSBK and WorldSSP classes.
MotorLand Aragon will now host the opening Round of the 2021 calendar from the 21st to the 23rd of May, due to the postponement of the Estoril Round, initially scheduled to be held from the 7th to 9th of May. All parties involved are working hard to confirm a new date for the event.
With the Supported Test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya taking place in less than a month, the FIM and Dorna WSBK Organization are constantly working with Government Officials and Circuits in order to continue putting everyone’s safety first.
Any further updates to the 2021 WorldSBK calendar will be communicated accordingly.
|21 - 23 May||Spain||MotorLand Aragón||X||X||X|
|11 - 13 June||Italy||Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”||X||X||X|
|2 - 4 July||United Kingdom||Donington Park||X|
|23 - 25 July||The Netherlands||TT Circuit Assen||X||X||X|
|20 – 22 August||Spain||Circuito de Navarra||X||X|
|3 - 5 September||France||Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours||X||X||X|
|17 - 19 September||Spain||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||X||X||X|
|24 - 26 September||Spain||Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto||X||X||X|
|1 - 3 October||Portugal||Autódromo Internacional do Algarve||X||X||X|
|15 – 17 October||Argentina||Circuito San Juan Villicum||X||X|
|12 – 14 November||Indonesia||Mandalika International Street Circuit***||X||X|
|TBA****||Australia||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit**||X||X|
*All dates, events and the attendance of spectators are subject to the evolution of the global pandemic and the approval of the corresponding governments and authorities.
** (STC) Subject to contract / *** (STH) Subject to homologation /**** (TBA) Venue/event/date to be announced
2021 SUPPORTED TEST - Championship Filming and Photo-shoot season opening
- 29 - 30 March: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya - WorldSSP & WorldSSP300
- 31 March - 1 April: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya - WorldSBK