Phakisa Freeway Round Of World Superbikes Canceled, Qatar Confirmed
The 2014 World Superbike calendar has been updated once again. The South African round of WSBK has been canceled, after the Phakisa Freeway track failed homologation. Work was being carried out on the circuit to allow it to meet requirements, but the work will not be finished on time. Dorna and the FIM are looking at finding a replacement for the dropped South African round, but at such short notice, and with attendance at WSBK events being disappointing, that will be difficult.
While the South African round was canceled, the Qatar race was confirmed. The racing at Qatar is to be held at night under the floodlights, just as MotoGP is. As this is also the last round of the season, the traditional awards ceremony will also be held in Qatar, though it will be held on the Monday after the race, rather than very late at night.
The cancellation of the South African round does not have direct consequences for the World Superbike championship chase, but it could have an effect for World Supersport. With just three rounds to go now, Pata Honda rider Michael van der Mark has a 53-point lead. That means that the Dutchman needs to score just 2 more points than Jules Cluzel, the man in second place, to clinch the title.
Below is the official press release from the FIM and Dorna on the 2014 World Superbike calendar:
FIM Superbike & Supersport World Championships
FIM Superstock 1000 cc Cup 2014 calendar, updated 31 July
The FIM and Dorna WSBK Organization would like to announce the confirmation of the Qatar Round at Losail International Circuit, scheduled for 2 November 2014.
As the round will be held at night time, the final prize-giving ceremony for both WSBK and WSS classes will take place in Doha the following day, on the evening of Monday 3 November.
Regarding the Round in South Africa originally scheduled to take place on October 19, FIM and Dorna WSBK regret to announce that, despite the efforts of the local promoter (GAS Sport), the works carried out on the race track are not advanced enough to meet the conditions required to achieve FIM homologation.
Dorna WSBK Organization and the FIM are looking into the possibility of finding a replacement for this race. Depending on the replacement venue, the awards for the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup could be presented either at the French Round, scheduled on Sunday 5 October 2014 in Magny-Cours, or at the new venue.
The calendar has been updated as follows:
|23 February||Australia||Phillip Island GP Circuit||X||X|
|13 April||Spain||MotorLand Aragón||X||X||X|
|27 April||The Netherlands||TT Assen||X||X||X|
|11 May||Italy||Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola||X||X||X|
|25 May||UK||Donington Park||X||X|
|08 June||Malaysia||Sepang International Circuit||X||X|
|22 June||Italy||Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli||X||X||X|
|06 July||Portugal||Autódromo Internacional do Algarve||X||X||X|
|13 July||USA||Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca||X|
|07 September||Spain||Circuito de Jerez||X||X||X|
|05 October||France||Circuit de Magny-Cours||X||X||X|
|02 November||Qatar||Losail International Circuit||X||X|