An Additional Round to the 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike Championship
An additional round in the 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, has been announced by; FIM the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, DWO the Dorna WSBK Organization, and the Circuito Estoril officials. They were pleased to announce the plan publically.
Estoril will Host World SBK Class Along with Supersport World Championship
The Circuito Estoril will host the FIM Super-sport World Championship in addition to the World SBK class and the FIM Super-sport 300 World Championship from the 16th – October 18.
The Circuito Estoril is lying just 30km away from the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon.
Reasons behind the New Plan
Estoril has replaced Misano, and it will host the World superbike championship 2020 season finale. Down there are the reasons behind the change-plan.
Pandemic outbreak- the primary reason:
Due to the pandemic outbreak of coronavirus, the 2020 WSBK calendar has been re-designed several times. The new plans that emerged in the recent months were always up with the clearance of all the flyaway rounds and several famous races in Europe.
The last Calendar depicts:
According to the last version of the Calendar, the 2020 season was going to held at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli.” But it’s now revamped from the new Calendar even though this round was marked as TBC by the series.
The new decision:
WSBK has announced that according to the new calendar plan, Misano will be dropped altogether and is replaced by a new round at Estoril, which is going to held on October 16-18.
Portuguese circuit- not a new fixture on the Calendar:
According to WSBK, the Portuguese circuit is not a new fixture on the Calendar. It has previously hosted a round in the inaugural season of WSBK in 1988, and also five years later to it in 1993.
Estoril- the new addition:
The addition of Estoril has lead Portugal to conduct two rounds on the WSBK calendar for the first time in the championship history. In addition to the Estoril circuit, the Portimao commenced a series on July 31 – August 2.
Two Rounds in Portugal For the First Time in World SBK History
For the first time in WorldSBK history that rounds are going to held in Portugal. The event will replace the Riviera di Rimini Round at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” as the season-ending round.
The thing to be noted is that the Portugal track has been on the WorldSBK calendar in the past. For the first year of the Championship in 1988 and 1993 and for now, the most recent occasion is going to held in Portugal.
2021 will mark the 30th year of WorldSBK’s presence at the track, with it being on the Calendar in all but two years of racing.
Presence of Fans and Media in Estoril is yet to Decide
The presence of fans and on-site external media in the Estoril superbike championship round is not yet been decided. However, the Estoril organizers will decide at a more appropriate time.
It is expected that the decision will be taken closer to the race, under the protocols of the moment.
Race Plan Cancellation and a New Three Year Deal
the Riviera di Rimini Round of the 2020 Championship at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli, is canceled unfortunately despite the involvement of the best efforts put in by the parties.
The current contract’s final year was 2020, but despite the cancellation, a new three-year deal is now in and has been secured to bring the fastest production-based Championship in the world to the Adriatic Coast again.
This means that the 2021 Misano race will mark the 30th year of WSBK at the Italian track.
Words From World SBK Head honcho Greg Lavilla
According to the World SBK head honcho Greg Lavilla:
“We tried very, very hard to bring WorldSBK action to Italy in 2020. A rescheduled date was pending but finally, the decision was not taken lightly to cancel the round for this year.”
“However, the new agreement of three more years of WorldSBK racing at Misano will commence next season and it will be a privilege to step back into the grounds of a track that has a unique atmosphere like no other.”
He further added:
“The venue has so much history in motorcycle racing and is one of the most passionate places we visit in WorldSBK, and securing this until at least 2023 promises to be a positive step back to normality for all involved.
“The addition of a second-round in Portugal on the Calendar is very important for the growth of WorldSBK in the Iberian Peninsula and specifically Portugal.
“It will add a challenge to a lot of the paddock as most haven’t visited this track, bringing an extra dynamic to the Championship as the season readies for a spectacular round at this returning venue.”
“I would like to thank the FIM and the circuit for their cooperation and desire to be part of the 2020 calendar,” he said.
Quoted Lines from FIM President
Jorge Viegas, FIM President said:
“I am glad that it was possible to add a second round in Portugal and to see WorldSBK returning to Circuito Estoril, which had already hosted this very competitive championship in its founding year back in 1988 and then in 1993. I would like to thank DWO, Circuito Estoril, and the Portuguese Federation for making it possible to organize the final round of the 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship in Portugal.”
World Superbikes Championship Calendar- 2020
February 28. – March 1
|July 31. – August 2||Jerez||Spain|
|7 – 9 August||Portimao||Portugal|
|28 – 30 August||Aragon||Spain|
|4 – 6 September||Aragon||Spain|
|18 – 20 September||Barcelona||Spain|
|2 – 4 October||Magny-Cours||France|
|16 – 18 October||Estoril||Portugal|
The World Superbike Championship has announced that the Estoril will replace Misano as the final round of the COVID-19-disrupted 2020 season.WSBK further announced that it had secured a new three-year contract with Misano, despite the cancellation of this year’s race – the final in its current deal.