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
|February 27||Australia||Phillip Island|
|April 17||The Netherlands||Assen|
|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|
|October 2||France||Magny Cours|
Other classes added to these events will be announced later.