The 2016 World Superbike calendar will have just thirteen rounds. Attempts at finding a replacement for the canceled Monza round have failed, causing the calendar to definitively lose a round.
Dorna had been in talks with several other circuits to replace the races at Monza, with the Estoril circuit being the most popular candidate. However, no agreement could be reached with any of the replacement candidates, and Dorna had no choice but to cancel.
All hope is not lost for Monza, however. Work continues at the iconic Italian track, including efforts to make it suitable for motorcycle racing. The circuit could yet make a return, but not this year.
The cancellation of Monza does leave a gaping hole in the WSBK calendar. There is a gap of ten weeks between the US round of WSBK at Laguna Seca and the German races at the Lausitzring. That hiatus presents a serious problem for Dorna in maintaining interest in what is turning out to be a very good year for WorldSBK. It will need to be addressed for the 2017 calendar.
Updated 2016 World Superbike calendar
|26-28 February||Australia||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit||X||X|
|11-13 March||Thailand||Chang International Circuit||X||X|
|1-3 April||Spain||MotorLand Aragón||X||X||X|
|15-17 April||Netherlands||TT Circuit Assen||X||X||X|
|29-1 May||Italy||Autodromo Int. Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola||X||X||X|
|13 -15 May||Malaysia||Sepang International Circuit||X||X|
|27-29 May||United Kingdom||Donington Park||X||X||X|
|17-19 June||Italy||Misano World Circuit ‘Marco Simoncelli’||X||X||X|
|8-10 July||USA||Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca||X|
|30-2 October||France||Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours||X||X||X|
|16-18 October||Spain||Circuito de Jerez||X||X||X|
|28-30 October||Qatar||Losail International Circuit||X||X|