The FIM has just released an updated version of the 2011 World Superbike calendar, which includes the full schedule of WSBK and WSS, as well as the supporting Superstock series. The dates in the provisional calendar remain unchanged, but the circuits are now all confirmed, removing the last To Be Announced dates from the provisional calendar. As reported earlier, Donington makes a return on the WSBK schedule, with what looks likely to be a chilly European WSBK round in late March.
The other open question was the third Italian round of WSBK, with rumors suggesting that the series might make a return to the Vallelunga circuit near Rome, after Rome native Max Biaggi secured his first World Superbike title earlier this season. This is not to be, however, and WSBK will once again return to Imola for another year.
Elsewhere, the World Supersport class has been dropped from the US round at Miller Motorsports Park. Though the US round attracted a number of wildcard entries, they never included the top AMA Supersport riders, and as some of the smaller WSS teams complained about the cost of the Transatlantic expedition, the class has been quietly dropped from the schedule.
Here's the 2011 WSBK schedule as it stands. Barring extreme circumstances (such as the volcanic eruption that saw the postponement of the Japanese MotoGP round), it is unlikely to undergo any more changes before next year.
|February 27||Australia||Phillip Island||X||X|
|April 17||The Netherlands||Assen||X||X||X|
|May 30 (Monday)||United States||Miller Motorsport Park||X|
|June 12||San Marino||Misano||X||X||X|
|June 19||Spain||Motorland Aragon||X||X||X|
|July 10||Czech Republic||Brno||X||X||X|
|July 31||Great Britain||Silverstone||X||X||X|