SBK, OFFICIAL - Donington, Assen, and Losail rounds canceled

Three more rounds of the 2020 calendar raise the white flag due to Covid. Lavilla: "I'm really sorry, but the plans for 2021 are well underway."

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After extensive discussions and the assessment of a multitude of possibilities and scenarios, FIM and Dorna regret to announce the cancellation of three events that previously had to be determined (TBD) and confirmed (TBC). The safety of all parties within the paddock of the Superbike World Championship is of the highest priority and, as the season continues, they were not able to find a solution that includes these events, given the continuing challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The English round at Donington Park (previously postponed and TBD), the Dutch round at TT Assen (previously reprogrammed, then postponed, and TBD) and the Qatar Round in Losail (previously postponed and TBD) have been canceled. It will be the first time in WorldSBK history that there will not be a round in the UK, while the TT Circuit Assen has been a constant on the calendar since 1992, ending a series of ongoing events in the history of the championship.

"Personally, I'm very sad," Gregorio Lavilla explained, "in having to announce the cancellations of the next three rounds. As a fan of our sport, it saddens me not to go to a place where the WorldSBK originated, like Donington Park or the Assen, the "Cathedral of Speed". I'm just as sad to not assist in the entertainment of a night race in Qatar. We've explored every way to find a solution but, unfortunately, we didn't find one. However, this must not cast a negative shadow on the championship. Most of our events in 2020 will take place, and plans for a complete 2021 are well underway."

 

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Translated by Leila Myftija

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