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