The WorldSBK series has filled in the blank left on last year's provisional calendar. The round which was previously marked TBA (to be announced) has been assigned to the iconic Imola circuit, between Bologna and Misano.
The announcement had been expected, with talk inside the WorldSBK paddock being that Imola would be the extra race. Finalizing the round had taken longer than expected, however. The World Superbike, World Supersport, and WorldSSP300 series will compete in Italy.
This brings the full WorldSBK season up to 12 rounds, starting in Phillip Island and Mandalika and ending in Argentina in mid-October.
The press release from the WorldSBK series appears below:
2023 calendar update: WorldSBK returns to Imola for the first time since 2019
Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola confirmed as the host of the 7th round of 2023 The FIM, the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola and Dorna WSBK Organization (DWO) are delighted to announce a new agreement that will see the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship race at the iconic Italian circuit in 2023.
Imola will host the Italian Round as it returns to the WorldSBK calendar after three seasons away with the legendary venue hosting the seventh round of the 2023 season from the 14th to the 16th of July. All three classes will take to the track at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola, including Italian Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati), Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK), Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) but also Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) and Lorenzo Baldassarri (GMT94 Yamaha) who will make their debuts in 2023, competing in the Superbike class.
Featured on the calendar for the first time back in 2001, the iconic circuit was the scene of unforgettable moments such as the season finale between Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss in 2002 and Bayliss’s title in 2006. The 2023 Italian Round also promises to be a thrilling event with Ducati rider Alvaro Bautista who will be fighting to retain his title.
Gregorio Lavilla, WorldSBK Executive Director: “After three seasons away, we are thrilled to welcome back Imola to the calendar in 2023. This second round in Italy confirms the popularity of the Championship amongst the Italian fans as there is a lot of passion for our sport there with many Italian riders and teams in our Paddock. Imola has an illustrious history within World Superbike, and we look forward to the 2023 Italian Round which promises to be an exciting event for the fans.”
Pietro Benvenuti, Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola General Director: “It is with great satisfaction that we announce this agreement with Dorna WSBK Organization, which brings Imola back to the prestigious WorldSBK calendar. We know that there are many fans who wouldn't miss this event for anything as Imola always had strong ties with this series. Not to mention that a World Champion on a Ducati will take to the track, undoubtedly a great incentive for many of the “Rossa” to watch on from trackside. Opting for the month of July is also strategic for the region as it will open business opportunities during a period when local accommodation options are not at full capacity, confirming the role of the circuit as a driving force of the local economy. It's a great result made possible thanks to the full support of the Municipal Administration, which strongly wanted the return of Superbike to Imola.”
|24-25-26 February||Australia||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit||X||X|
|3-4-5 March||Indonesia||Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit||X||X|
|21-22-23 April||The Netherlands||TT Circuit Assen||X||X||X|
|5-6-7 May||Spain||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||X||X||X|
|2-3-4 June||Italy||Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”||X||X||X|
|30 June-01-02 July||United Kingdom||Donington Park||X||X|
|14-15-16 July||Italy||Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola||X||X||X|
|28-29-30 July||Czech Republic||Autodrom Most||X||X||X|
|8-9-10 September||France||Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours||X||X||X|
|22-23-24 September||Spain||MotorLand Aragón||X||X||X|
|29-30 September-01 October||Portugal||Autódromo Internacional do Algarve||X||X||X|
|13-14-15 October||Argentina||Circuito San Juan Villicum||X||X|
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It would be nice to have a…
It would be nice to have a round in the US again.
Laguna is getting repaved this year and updating some of the facilities.
I’m really pleased they’ve plugged the crazy gap in the season, at least ‘only’ having August off (ok and a week in September) keeps the momentum going to a degree. Oh and Imola, molto bene! I last visited in 2003 and it left a big impression on me, gorgeous setting, all sorts of life continues on around and inside the park and a lot of history-whilst you can never get used to the poignant statue of Ayrton Senna gazing down at you. I might start checking flights..
In reply to Imola yay! by funsize
Agreed, it's a great track…
Agreed, it's a great track and a great part of Italy! We visited in 2005 for WSBK. It was my first time at a race and I've been hooked ever since!