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[News] SBK: Wait…Just A Little While Longer

Tom Sykes celebrates his 9th Super Pole at Magny-Cours. Image courtesy WorldSBK.com

Tom Sykes celebrates his 9th Super Pole at Magny-Cours during the final round of the 2012 WSBK season. Image courtesy WorldSBK.com

The FIM today announced that the Indian round of the World Superbike race has been shifted from March 10 (the second race of the season) to November 17, as the final race of the season.

The Indian round was already a topic of hot debate, thanks to India’s customs officials. Crash.net reported, “Under Indian law, technical equipment – such as bikes and parts – must be entered into customs 15 days before the race, but with the opening round of the WSBK season at Phillip Island held just 14 days before the series race at the Buddh International Circuit, this will not be possible.”

But, the stories and anxious fans were put to rest after the Buddh International Circuit officials assured that the round would go ahead as scheduled. Indian newspaper Business Standard Motoring spoke to BIC officials who said that these were unfounded rumours! Read the story here.

Unfortunately, it does seem like India will have to wait till November (and after the F1 round) to get a taste of the mad, crazy world of WSBK.

In a press release, the FIM stated that the race had been moved to November “due to an insufficient period of time to properly finalize the training of the marshals and medical staff around the racetrack. FIM representatives will be at the Indian track on 19, 20 and 21 this January, in order to carry out the final racetrack homologation and provide the relevant seminars about the different aspects involved in the sporting organization of the event.”

The only bright lining to this news? At least the weather will be cooler! Trust me, March is warm and you really don’t want to be hanging around under the Delhi sun at that time!

The provision calendar now is as follows:

24 February: Phillip Island, Australia

14 April Aragon, Spain

28 April Assen, The Netherlands

12 May Monza, Italy

26 May Donington, Europe

9 June Portimao, Portugal (STC)

23 June TBA

30 June Imola, Italy (STC)

21 July Moscow Raceway, Russia

4 August Silverstone, UK

1 September Nurburgring, Germany

29 September Laguna Seca, USA

6 October Magny Cours, France

20 October Jerez, Spain

17 November Buddh Circuit, Noida, India

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5 Responses

  1. Shocked they moved it all the way down the calendar like that, with a 14 day customs gap that’s surely gonna mean a long wait ’til the end of the season!
    Great blog post!

    • Thank you! I was pretty shocked when I read the news too…therefore the 1am post! Weatherwise, it’s a better time, of course. But, it is going to be such a long wait!!!

      • Glad they kept the race, hope they don’t use it as an excuse to drop it for any reason,don’t see why they will, India is such a big developing market for bike sales that it is really important to engross possible consumers in the sport, motorsport already seems really popular there so imagine the possibilities, could lead to an Indian MotoGP team or champion one day, and bike sport needs to take a leap of faith and leave it’s safe European bubble more often.

        have a friend who lives in Mumbai so know a little bit about the weather, march would have been really hot right?
        It’s just a long wait for your first Superbike race now!

  2. WHAT!!!!! what will I do in March now?

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