The COVID-19 outbreak has caused further delay in the WorldSBK calendar. Today, it was announced that the Dutch round of WorldSBK, due to be held at Assen on the weekend of April 19th, has been postponed, and put back to August.
The postponement of the Assen round became inevitable on Monday night, after the Dutch government extended its ban on public events until June 1st, and tightened restrictions on travel and gatherings.
Preparations for the change had been going on for some time, as the TT Circuit in Assen has a full calendar of events, with some kind of activity taking place on most days of the year. The new spot slots the WorldSBK race in between two other major events, the Gamma Racing Day, from 7th-9th August, and the Assen DTM round, from 4th-6th September.
The postponement of Assen is unlikely to be the last change to the WorldSBK calendar. The calendar has now been labeled as provisional by the FIM and Dorna, a wise move given the current state of the coronavirus crisis. The rounds in Italy and Spain are also likely to be postponed and rescheduled, given the current state of affairs in those countries. Another calendar revision is expected later this week.
The new calendar and press release accompanying it appears below:
MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship/FIM Supersport and Supersport 300 World Championships
UPDATE: 2020 Provisional calendar, 24th March 2020
With an ongoing international impact from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the following change has been made to the upcoming Assen round of the 2020 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship calendar.
The FIM, Circuit Officials & Dorna WSBK Organization informs that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Pirelli Dutch Round will be rescheduled.
- Pirelli Dutch Round (previously 17th – 19th April) rescheduled for 21st – 23rd August.
FIM and Dorna WSBK Organization are continuously working with Circuits and Government Officials following up the situation in each country and will inform accordingly if there are further changes to the 2020 Calendar.
Further updates to follow soon.
|28 Feb – 1 March||Australia||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit||X||X|
|13 – 15 March||Qatar||Losail International Circuit*||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|
|21 - 23 August||The Netherlands||TT Circuit Assen||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|