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Indian WSBK Round Postponed To November
by staff
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The World Superbike round proposed for March 10 at the Buddh International Circuit near New Delhi, India, has been moved to Nov. 17 and will be the final round of the 2013 season.

An FIM press release said the delay was due to an "insufficient period of time to properly finalize the training of the marshals and medical staff around the racetrack."

Cynics might point out it was reported widely last week that Indian customs officials were unwilling to relax that country's stringent duty policy that requires teams to place a deposit equal to or slightly larger than the value of team equipment entering the country. That sum is refunded after the race, but usually after a bureaucratic delay, which could be too large of a financial burden for some smaller, cash-strapped teams to handle.

Plus Indian customs requires all equipment to be in the country at least 15 days before the race. In the previous schedule, that deadline would have occurred when bikes were on track during the season-opening weekend Feb. 22-24 at Phillip Island.

There also is media speculation the Indian government wants to avoid major international events in the nation until civil unrest - caused by the gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in New Delhi - subsides.

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