Moscow Round Canceled, World Superbike Calendar Reduced To 13 Rounds

The World Superbike calendar has been reduced to 13 events. The Russian round of WSBK, scheduled to be held at the Moscow Raceway on 5th July has been canceled, after the event organizer, YMS Promotion, failed to provide the contract guarantees required by the contract. As a further consequence, the Yakhnich Motorsport Team have also lost their slot on the 2015 World Supersport grid, which was tied in with the Russian round.

The cancellation of the Russian round did not come as a surprise. The Russian WSBK round is a legacy of the last years of Infront running the series. Infront and YMS signed a ten-year deal to organize a World Superbike round in Russia, but continuing political instability in Russia, tensions between Europe and Russia over Ukraine, and murky regional politics have made it impossible to stage a race there. The round was placed on the calendar automatically, because of the existing contract, but it was never expected to actually take place.

The Russian round of World Superbikes will not be replaced. Instead, the series will run 13 rounds in 2015. Below is the press release and updated 2015 WSBK calendar.


2015 WSBK Calendar update

Wednesday 11 February 2015 - Dorna WSBK Organization and the FIM, Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, regret to inform of the cancellation of the Russian Round scheduled to be held at Moscow Raceway on July 5th 2015.

The Russian event promoter, YMS Promotion, has not provided the required contract guarantees defined by DWO to confirm and implement the event organisation.

The Round will not be replaced and the 2015 WSBK Calendar will consist of the 13 confirmed events as included in the enclosed document.

As a consequence, the Moscow Region Yakhnich Motorsport Team which applied to the FIM Supersport World Championship will not participate in the series for the 2015 season.

FIM Superbike & Supersport World Championships
FIM Superstock 1000 cc Cup

2015 calendar, 11 February

DATE COUNTRY CIRCUIT WSBK WSS STK1000 STK600
22 February Australia Phillip Island GP Circuit X X    
22 March Thailand Chang International Circuit X X    
12 April Spain MotorLand Aragón X X X X**
19 April The Netherlands TT Circuit Assen X X X X
10 May Italy Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola X X X X
24 May UK Donington Park X X X  
07 June Portugal Autódromo Internacional do Algarve* X X X X
21 June Italy Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli X X X X
05 July Russia Moscow Raceway* X X    
19 July USA Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca X      
02 August Malaysia Sepang International Circuit X X    
20 September Spain Circuito de Jerez X X X X
04 October France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours X X X X
18 October Qatar Losail International Circuit* X X    

* STC = Subject to contract
** Two races for the STK600 class

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