The Motul FIM Superbike World Championship will finish its shortened 2020 season in Estoril, following the release of a new calendar on 18 August.
Before the announcement by the FIM and Dorna WSBK Organisation (DWO) confirming the final round, Misano in San Marino had been listed as the provisional season finale. Although it’s now cancelled for 2020, the Misano World Circuit has secured a contract to host WSBK for the next three years.
The Misano round’s cancellation is the latest – and hopefully last – on the 2020 calendar that has seen a reduction from the series’ original thirteen rounds to just eight due to the coronavirus outbreak (eight rounds are generally regarded as the minimum for any series to be regarded a championship).
Rounds in Qatar, Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Italy and Argentina have also been cancelled as Spain and Portugal become “hubs” for international motorcycle competition.
Gregorio Lavilla, WorldSBK Executive Director of the Sporting and Organisation Departments: “The addition of a second round in Portugal 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.”
Jaime Andrez, Chairman of the Estoril Circuit: "It gives me great pleasure to welcome to Estoril the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship. We are confident that the teams will have a fantastic experience at the Estoril track, especially if we have three days of mild and pleasant weather, combined with the Circuit’s culture of warm welcome and professionalism. I would like to congratulate the organisers and wish all competitors the best of luck for these three days and hope this event will contribute to highly promote this sport in 2020 and in the following years.”
Located near the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon, Estoril hosted MotoGP between 2000 and 2012, but has held a WSBK round on only two previous occasions: 1988, the championship’s foundation year; and 1993. Its inclusion in this year’s calendar marks the first time in WSBK history that two rounds will be held in Portugal.
With Estoril locked in and the presumption of no more rounds being culled in response to COVID-19, the 2020 WSBK calendar now looks like this:
2020 World Superbike Championship calendar (18 August, 2020)*
Round Date Country Circuit
Rd01 28 Feb-01 Mar Australia Phillip Island
Rd02 31 Jul-02 Aug Spain Jerez
Rd03 07-09 Aug Portugal Portimao
Rd04 28-30 Aug Spain Aragon
Rd05 04-06 Sep Spain Aragon
Rd06 18-20 Sep Spain Catalunya
Rd07 02-04 Oct France Magny-Cours
Rd08 16-18 Oct Portugal Estoril
* subject to ongoing COVID-19 conditions