2020 WorldSBK Potentially restarts in Jerez July 31-August 2; British and Dutch rounds have been postponed.
This is a press release from World Superbike…
(May 29, 2020) – The 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is working hard on resuming racing action for the remainder of the season, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Championship started in fine style at Phillip Island and now, Dorna WSBK Organization would like to issue an update on the plans to get racing back under way, with the initial racing plan taking place in the month of August once permission is approved.
The Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto should welcome the restart of the season on July 30 to August 2, before going to the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal a week later on August 7-9. The season should then follow the current provisional schedule, at the MotorLand Aragon venue on August 28-30. The health of everybody is at the forefront of decision making and these rounds within the Iberian Peninsula are planned to be held behind closed doors, inline with social distancing measures and medical guidelines set by the Spanish and Portuguese governments. Nevertheless, the situation is evolving, and we will adapt our protocols to the situation of the time.
Furthermore, updates have been made to the following events: the British and Dutch Rounds held at Donington Park and TT Circuit Assen respectively, have been postponed. The Dutch round itself has already been rescheduled once, from April 17-19 to August 21-23. However, new plans are under way with the best interests in mind, given the current restrictions in place that affect major sporting events within both the UK and the Netherlands. Further updates for the end season calendar will be communicated soon in order to further clarify the calendar situation.
The FIM and Dorna WSBK Organization is evaluating the different scenarios and adapting to each situation in each of the countries we should visit on a day-by-day basis. Our gratitude once again goes to all parties involved within the WorldSBK fraternity for their continued support. However, whichever decision is reached will have the health and safety at the forefront and that is something simply uncompromising during these challenging times.
Gregorio Lavilla, WorldSBK Executive Director, Sporting and Organization Departments, said: “We are very positive about the future, as all the signs are pointing in a good direction to start in Jerez. We are looking at all possible scenarios for all three classes to race, although we continue to work hard on finding the optimum scenario for all parties. A lot will depend on the measures that various governments will implement. As for Donington Park and Assen, we are working with the circuits and governments to establish the best possible outcome for all, with the intention to hold those rounds towards the end of the 2020 season.”
For more information, visit www.worldsbk.com