The 2020 WorldSBK calendar has been given another reshuffle. After the Argentina round was dropped for 2020 last week, this week, the race at Misano has been removed from the calendar, to be replaced by a race at the Estoril circuit in Portugal.
With the removal of Argentina, it made no sense to hold the Misano round on its originally scheduled date in November, but it seems that other factors, such as money and the danger of another flare up of the coronavirus, may have played a roll. Instead, the Estoril circuit, near the Portuguese capital Lisbon, has been placed on the calendar, with a round to be held from 16th-18th of October.
Estoril has previously featured on both the WorldSBK and MotoGP calendars, with MotoGP last visiting in 2012. Since then, no world championship motorcycle series has visited the track, though reports from other series suggest the track is in need of resurfacing, with low grip and a lot of bumps.
The calendar remains provisional, given how precarious the pandemic situation in various Europe countries continues to be.
The provisional WorldSBK calendar is as follows:
|28 Feb – 1 March||Australia||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit||X||X|
|31 July - 2 August||Spain||Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto||X||X||X|
|7 - 9 August||Portugal||Autódromo Internacional do Algarve||X||X||X|
|28 - 30 August||Spain||MotorLand Aragón||X||X||X|
|4 - 6 September||Spain||MotorLand Aragón||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|
|16 - 18 October||Portugal||Circuito Estoril||X||X||X|
* Event to be confirmed
The FIM press release follows below:
MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship/FIM Supersport and Supersport 300 World Championships
2020 Calendar, UPDATE: 18 August
The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), Circuito Estoril officials and Dorna WSBK Organization (DWO) are pleased to announce an additional round to the 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship. The Circuito Estoril, situated just 30km from the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon, will host the WorldSBK class, along with the FIM Supersport World Championship and the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship from the 16th – 18th of October.
The event will replace the Riviera di Rimini Round at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” as the season-ending round and will be the first time in WorldSBK history that two rounds will be held in Portugal. The track has been on the WorldSBK calendar in the past: the first year of the Championship in 1988 and in 1993, the most recent occasion. The Estoril round has not yet decided about the presence of fans and on-site external media, but a decision will made at a more relevant time, in accordance to the protocols of the moment.
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all parties involved, the Riviera di Rimini Round of the 2020 Championship at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” has been cancelled. 2020 was the final year of the current contract and despite the cancellation, a new three-year deal has been secured to bring the fastest production-based Championship in the world to the Adriatic Coast again. 2021 will mark the 30th year of WorldSBK’s presence at the track, with it being on the calendar in all but two years of racing.