World Superbike is set to return to South Africa in 2014 at Phakisa Freeway on October 19.
The provisional 2014 World Superbike calendar has been released and there are a few noteworthy changes from the 2013 schedule. First is WorldSBK’s return to South Africa. Currently the stop at Phakisa Freeway is set for October 19, 2014, the penultimate round of the ’14 season. However, the SA round remains subject to contract and other matters, outlined by Anthony Lauter of GAS Sports, organizers of the event.
“We have signed a Terms of Contract short-form agreement with Dorna, the WSBK Promoters, and will enter into a long-form agreement subject to certain conditions being met,” said Lauter. “We still need to secure the necessary financial guarantees required by Dorna and the Phakisa Freeway must first pass an FIM circuit inspection. We’re confident we will meet these conditions. The race weekend program will also include World Supersport series and several top South African riders can be expected to be seen in action.”
Javier Alonso, WSBK Executive Director, added, ““We are delighted to come back to South Africa at Phakisa Freeway where we had very good experiences in the past. We are therefore confident about the success of the event bearing in mind the existing culture and passion for motorcycling in South Africa. We are planning to visit the Circuit in the following days together with the FIM representatives in order to move forward with the homologation, contractual and event preparation procedures.”
Also new for 2014 is the June 8 stop at Sepang in Malaysia, the June 22 round at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli and a to-be-determined circuit for the finale on November 2, listed for now as an “overseas” round. Nurburgring is off the list as are Istanbul and Silverstone.
Provisional 2014 World Superbike Calendar:
1. Phillip Island – February 24
2. Aragon – April 13
3. Assen – April 27
4. Imola – May 11
5. Donington Park – May 25
6. Sepang – June 8 (STC)
7. Misano – June 22
8. Portimao – July 6
9. Laguna Seca – July 13 (STC)
10. Jerez – September 7
11. Moscow – September 21
12. Magny-Cours – October 5
13. Phakisa – October 19 (STC)
14. TBC Overseas – November 2