British Superbike Championship organisers have just released an updated 2020 calendar – and if all goes to plan, racing will get underway in August.
The new schedule features six triple-header events, with the opening rounds taking place at Donington Park on August 7-9 before moving to Snetterton on August 21-23.
Then the Championship will head to Silverstone on September 4-6 and Oulton Park on September 18-20, before heading back to Donington Park on its original date of October 2-4. Then the champion will be decided two weeks later at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit from October 16-18.
Ok, it’s a massive reduction in races – from 27 down to 18 – but it’s looking like we’ll get to see some racing, so that’s great news. There’s also an official test planned to take place prior to the opening round at Donington Park, but details haven’t yet been confirmed.
Speaking about the news, British Superbike Championship Series Director Stuart Higgs said: “This has been an incredibly challenging period, but the enthusiasm, commitment and passion from everyone involved in the championship has been outstanding. To reach the position of announcing a provisional calendar is a big step forward. Naturally we are very disappointed that several of the traditional circuits have had to be omitted, which has been as a result of very detailed assessments of the operational, logistical and economic consequences pertinent to all circuits arising out of the COVID 19 pandemic. The firm message though is that we look forward to a full array of circuits returning in 2021.
“We are optimistic that we will be able to welcome fans to BSB this season, enjoying these large outdoor circuit venues with plenty of room to socially distance. We are working with the circuits to agree protocols that meet all relevant guidance and will continue to do so as the guidance evolves over the coming weeks, with further announcements on this to follow.”
“For now though, the focus is continuing to prepare the various protocols and operational detail to ensure the safety of everyone in the BSB community.”
The 18 championship rounds will all be broadcast live on Eurosport – and there will be free to air highlights on Quest and ITV4.
As you’d expect, the supporting championships will also feature a revised schedule of events – but the Quattro Group British Supersport/GP2, British Talent Cup, Pirelli National Superstock, HEL Performance Junior Supersport, Ducati TriOptions Cup and Molson Group British Sidecars will be going ahead.
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