Silverstone has confirmed that it will host this year's British round of the World Superbike Championship, as scheduled, on August 2-4.
The announcement follows discussions between the circuit and Dorna regarding the long term future of two-wheel international events at Silverstone, and speculation that the round may be cancelled for financial reasons.
"In late 2009, when Donington
Park's previous management group went into administration, Silverstone
stepped in to support the SBK Championship, agreeing a four-year deal to host the British round of World Superbikes," said Richard Phillips, managing director of Silverstone
"Since then we have proudly hosted MotoGP, World Superbikes
and British Superbikes
- the three most prestigious motorcycle racing events in the UK - and have made significant investment to provide bike fans with a fantastic on-event experience.
"Views around the circuit have been drastically improved, fans can now get much closer to the track and our off-track entertainment creates a real festival atmosphere around the venue.
"Recent speculation suggested it would have been a 'bitter blow' for British race fans if this year's Silverstone
round had been cancelled. Well, it is definitely going ahead; tickets are on sale; and hopefully even more fans will vote with their feet and support the British riders, both here at Silverstone
and at Donington."
Though the 2013 World Superbike Championship is underway following the opening event at Phillip Island last month, the calendar remains officially provisional at this moment.
Speculation about Silverstone's place on the schedule was stoked by rumours that Istanbul Park will make its debut.
The Turkish event is now tipped to take the available June 23 'TBA' slot, effectively replacing Brno, although sources close to the circuit have said a mid-September date is most likely.
This year's Silverstone
event will be the last of the current four-year deal between the circuit and Dorna. Recent discussions between the two parties 'touched on the long term future of World Superbikes
at the Northamptonshire venue'.
Silverstone has also confirmed that World Superbikes
will return to the National Paddock in 2013.
Mirroring MotoGP, the move will concentrate all the paddock, entertainment, retail stands, manufacturer displays and prime viewing locations into one area, creating an even better experience and atmosphere for fans.
Phillips added: "As with MotoGP; until we have the funds to build a bridge or tunnel connecting the outside of the circuit with The Wing, the National Paddock is a more accessible facility for bike fans and closer to all the off-track entertainment. The move will further improve the overall experience at our two-wheel events."