The novel coronavirus outbreak is touching all forms of motorcycle racing. After MotoGP had to change its calendar twice in the past two days, the WorldSBK series has also had to change its plans. With the Spanish round at Jerez scheduled for the end of the month, that became untenable.
So the Jerez round of WorldSBK has been pushed back to the end of the year, and is due to be held on the weekend of October 25th. An arrangement has also been made with the Magny-Cours round of WorldSBK, moved a week later to avoid a clash with MotoGP at Aragon, which had also been changed to make way for Thailand. The French round of WorldSBK will now be held on the weekend of October 4th.
The WorldSBK season is now set to hold its second round of 2020 on the weekend of April 19th. But all planning at this time is provisional, and subject to change.
Below is the press release and revised schedule:
MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship/FIM Supersport and Supersport 300 World Championships
UPDATE: 2020 Provisional calendar, 11 March
With ongoing external factors of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the following changes have been made to the 2020 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship calendar.
The FIM, Circuit Officials & Dorna WSBK Organization informs that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the following changes are to be made regarding the 2020 WorldSBK Calendar, with rounds being rescheduled to later dates.
- Pirelli Spanish Round (previously 27th – 29th March) rescheduled for 23rd – 25th October.
- Pirelli French Round* (previously 25th – 27th September) rescheduled 2nd – 4th October.
Dorna WSBK Organization is working extensively with Circuits and Government Officials following up the situation in each country and will inform accordingly in due course if there are further changes to the 2020 Calendar.
Further updates to follow soon.
*With support and agreement of the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, the Pirelli French Round will be postponed 1 week to avoid clashes with newly published MotoGP calendar (10th March), in order to maximise the coverage of the event.
|28 Feb – 1 March||Australia||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit||X||X|
|13 – 15 March||Qatar||Losail International Circuit*||X||X|
|17 - 19 April||The Netherlands||TT Circuit Assen||X||X||X|
|8 - 10 May||Italy||Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola||X||X||X|
|22 - 24 May||Spain||MotorLand Aragón||X||X||X|
|12 - 14 June||Italy||Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”||X||X||X|
|3 - 5 July||United Kingdom||Donington Park||X||X||X|
|31 July - 2 August||Germany||Motorsport Arena Oschersleben||X||X||X|
|4 - 6 September||Portugal||Autódromo Internacional do Algarve||X||X||X|
|18 - 20 September||Spain||Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya||X||X||X|
|2 - 4 October||France||Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours||X||X||X|
|9 – 11 October||Argentina||Circuito San Juan Villicum||X||X|
|23 - 25 October||Spain||Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto||X||X||X|