The World Superbike Championship will venture to Russia in 2012 after Infront Motor Sports and YMS Promotion Ltd. inked a 10-year contract yesterday with the series set to make its debut at the Moscow Raceway on August 26, 2012.
"In the last few months we have been working very closely with Alexander Yakhnich [CEO of YMS Promotion] and his team and we have managed to define all the details in preparation for the arrival in Russia of the championship in 2012," said Infront Motor Sports CEO Paolo Flammini. "To hold a race in Moscow, in the very first year, was our declared intention and we are therefore extremely satisfied with the choice of Moscow Raceway, a truly state-of-the-art circuit that is in an advanced phase of construction, and which will be completed in a few months time. World Superbike will be the first championship to arrive in Russia, a demonstration of Infront Motor Sports' commitment to opening up important new markets for motor sport."In addition to promoting the race, YMS Promotion will also field a team in next year's World Supersport Series, according to Yakhnich.
"We are delighted to be able to officially represent such a prestigious championship as Superbike in Russia," Yakhnich said. "We know that months of hard work lie ahead of us for the organization of the event, but we are certain that in August everything will be ready to give a worthy welcome to the Superbike and Supersport Championships and their protagonists. The commitment of my group for the development of motorcycle sport in Russia will also be shown by the debut of the Yakhnich Motorsport team in the 2012 FIM Supersport World Championship with Russian rider Vladimir Leonov and another rider still to be decided."