The change most people believed would happen to the World Superbike calendar happened today: The Indian round of the series, scheduled for November 17 at the Buddh International Circuit, has been cancelled.
According to a release issued by the FIM, the cancellation is due to “operational changes.” Jointly, Jaypee Sports International Ltd. (the promoters of the Indian event) and Dorna World Superbike Organization (DWO) have opted to cancel the event with the hopes that they can get it back on the calendar in 2014.
In the meantime, JPSI, the Federation of Motor Sports Club of Indian (FMSCI) and the Indian Marshals Club (IMMC) will host the FMSCI motorcycle and car National Championships, September 13-14, with fully trained marshals officiating at the venue.
“JPSI confirms its interest in going ahead with the race in the future,” said FMSCI President Vicky Chadhok. “We look forward to them concluding an arrangement with DWO in order to arrive at a mutually convenient date and to ensure that India has the privilege of hosting a round in the near future.”
The final round of the 2013 World Superbike season will now be at Jerez in Spain on October 20. With one less round in the series, there are still 250 points up for grabs in the series. Sylvain Guintoli, Tom Sykes, Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri are separated by 41 points in the championship chase.