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Has already been published provisional calendar of the World Superbikes 2016, and in it we find some details that attract attention. The first is the disappearance of the Cerrera from Portimao (Portugal). It seems that the organizers have decided that two races in such close proximity on the peninsula were not profitable, and that of Jerez has ended up prevailing. Although the latter is subject to the fulfillment of the contract.
On the other hand we see how Monza returns to the calendar, although the mythical Italian circuit is still pending the homologation of its layout. Another circuit that re-enters the calendar is that of Lausitzring, which already hosted WSBK races between 2005 and 2007.
It seems that in 2016 no WSBK races will coincide with those of MotoGP, something that was already expected as Dorna owns the rights to both championships. What if nine of the races in this championship coincide with that of Formula 1. And it is that with so few weeks in a year and so many races, things get very complicated. Of course, only two of the tests coincide in the same time zone, Donington and Monza.
What has attracted a lot of attention is that the calendar includes two days as the official date for the races. And, although there does not appear to be official confirmation yet, it appears that in 2016 the Superbike races will be held on Saturday and Sunday. Something that can already be seen in the AMA championship and that does not seem to work badly at all. We will have to wait for the official news and see how this happens having races on two different days.
Finally it is necessary to emphasize the summer break, which covers almost eight weeks between July 24 in Monza and September 18 in Germany. All a summer vacation for the riders and teams of the World Superbikes.
2016 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship Calendar:
- 1 - Australia - Phillip Island GP Circuit - February 27-28
- 2 - Thailand - Chang International Circuit - March 12-13
- 3 – Spain - MotorLand Aragón - 2-3 April
- 4 - Netherlands - TT Circuit Assen - April 16-17
- 5 - Italy - Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola - April 30 - May 1
- 6– Malaysia - Sepang International Circuit - May 14-15
- 7 - UK - Donington Park - May 28-29
- 8 - Italy - Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli - June 18-19
- 9 - USA - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - July 9-10 (C)
- 10 - Italy - Autodromo Nazionale di Monza - 23-24 July (A)
- 11 - Germany - Lausitzring - September 17-18
- 12 - France - Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours - 1-2 October
- 13 – Spain - Jerez Circuit - 15-16 Octuber (B)
- 14 - Qatar - Losail International Circuit - October 29-30
(A) Subject to homologation
(B) Subject to contract
(C) WorldSBK only
- Pre-Season - Phillip Island - Monday / Tuesday prior to Australian Round (WorldSBK, WorldSSP)
- Post-race 1 - Misano - After the round of Riviera di Rimini (WorldSBK)
- Post-race 2 - Sherry - After the round of Jerez (WorldSBK)