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SBK, Superbike deflates to just 12 rounds, with only one overseas race in Australia

Dorna simply isn't interested in SBK, or they have a strange way of promoting it. Two new circuits, Balaton and, would you believe it… Cremona. It's now a European championship

SBK: Superbike deflates to just 12 rounds, with only one overseas race in Australia


Now we can happily write it: Superbike is no longer a world championship, but a European series with a blitz in Australia.

In fact, while MotoGP is swelling like Aesop's frog, what was once the World Superbike of the Flammini era has deflated into just 12 rounds, three of which in Spain and just one outside of Europe.

And what circuits! After Most, certainly not one of the most renowned in the world, Balaton also appears and our very own Cremona Circuit which, with all the respect worthy of a racetrack in the north of Italy, is just 3.702 km long and between 12 to 14 meters wide.

So far it hasn't hosted anything important from a motorcycle racing point of view, but we welcome the entrepreneurship of those who think big and allow motorcyclists from the north to avoid 'going down' to Mugello or Misano.

The calendar, with fewer races than in the recent poor past, continues to pan out between long waits between one round and another. It gets underway at Phillip Island and then, when everybody has already forgotten how things went, one month later, it arrives in Barcelona.

Once again almost a month’s gap and it's time for Assen. Then it takes a holiday the ENTIRE MONTH OF MAY and resurfaces in June.

Then finally there are two races in July, two in August and three in September. Of course, the last two are in Spain… where else?

Here is the press release:

There’s a whole new feel to the 2024 calendar in World Superbike, as first-time visits are intertwined with the staples of the calendar

The 2024 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship’s provisional calendar has been released, with plenty to look forward to as the fastest production-based motorcycle racing Championship in the world readies for another action-packed year. Two new venues, a slightly different order and all the usual classics, 2024 is going to be another season to remember for countless reasons. We check out the 12-round calendar in closer details.

It's our traditional starting point that ignites a new chapter in WorldSBK history in 2024; the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit will raise the curtain once again for the Australian Round from the 23rd – 25th February with WorldSSP in attendance, with the Official Test taking place in the week leading up the event on the 19th and 20th. One month later from the 22nd – 24th March, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya finds a new slot on the calendar with our European season well underway in north-eastern Spain; there’ll be a Supported Test on the 14th and 15th a week before the round. The round itself will also see WorldSSP300 action return. Completing the opening quarter of the season from the 19th – 21st of April, the historic TT Circuit Assen will see big crowds and epic action again in the Netherlands.

WorldSBK will head for holidays in spring with May free of action; the fourth round of the season takes place on the 14th – 16th of June for the first of two visits to Italy at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”, whilst the UK Round is next up at Donington Park a month later from the 12th – 14th July, maintaining its usual summer slot. This is part of the first back-to-back rounds, with the Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic welcomed back for a fourth consecutive season a week later on the 19th – 21st of July.

The second half of the year fires up in August as after two weekends off, racing action returns with the Portuguese Round at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve from the 9th – 11th of August. Two weeks later and the first of two new venues; for the first time since 1990, Hungary is on the WorldSBK calendar with the all-new Balaton Park Circuit, just an hour southwest of the majestic Hungarian capital of Budapest and on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest in central Europe. Two weeks later and the Championship hits the three-quarter mark with the historic Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours from the 6th – 8th September.

The final three rounds of the season features our second new circuit; the Cremona Circuit in northern Italy on the 20th – 22nd September. Our second visit to the country takes place just half an hour from the medieval centre of Cremona itself. A week later and it’s back to Spain for the penultimate round of the year from the picturesque and unique MotorLand Aragon, whilst two weeks later, the final round awaits further south. Expect a showdown at the Circuit de Jerez – Angel Nieto from the 11th – 13th October.

With both being new circuits on the WorldSBK calendar, Balaton Park and Cremona are both subject to homologation.


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