WSBK Schedule Shaken, Not Stirred
by staff
Friday, January 04, 2013

The third race of the 2013 World Superbike season, at Aragon, has been pushed back one week to April 14 from April 7 since the MotoGP season opener at Qatar was moved to April 7 from March 31.

Expect more of this schedule syncopation now that Dorna controls MotoGP and WSBK. But also expect Dorna to give its longtime property, MotoGP, priority over World Supers. For example, the delay of Aragon WSBK race puts that event against the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, while the rescheduled MotoGP season opener still goes against no F1 competition.

All three June events remain in flux on the 2013 WSBK calendar. The Portimao round on June 9 and the Imola round on June 30 are branded with the scarlet letters STC (Subject To Contract), which means the sanctioning fee checks from the promoters of those respective tracks still haven't arrived at Dorna headquarters in Madrid.

The location of the June 23 round still remains uncertain. But it almost certainly won't be at Brno, which looks to be off the WSBK schedule for the first time in 10 years reportedly due to disagreements between Dorna and track promoters.

Misano is a candidate for the June 23 date. But that makes little sense since the Imola round is just one week later. Scheduling WSBK events even in bike-crazy Italy on consecutive weekends makes little sense, especially when that nation's economy is struggling. Plus the Italian Grand Prix MotoGP race is June 2 at Mugello, so that would put three international motorcycle road races in Italy during June.

Then again, Dorna puts four MotoGP races per year in euro-less Spain, so anything could happen.


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