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South Africa back on WSBK calendar for 2009.

The World Superbike Championship will return to South Africa for the first time in seven years after a calendar date was confirmed for an event to be held at the Kyalami circuit.

Announced at a press conference, the Gauteng Provincial Government revealed that the World Superbike Championship would be returning to the African continent for the first since 2002 when the country last hosted an event, also at Kyalami.

Taking place on 15-17 May, the event has been lured back to Kyalami, which hosted five Superbike events between 1998 and 2002, in an attempt to promote Gauteng's sporting image for tourism, as well as the local economy.

"This event will assist in establishing the brand image of Gauteng as a home for competitive sport,” said Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa declared. “It will attract investment and promote tourism which in turn will help us to grow the economy of province, deal with poverty and unemployment."

"The return of the Superbike World Championship to the Gauteng Province is very exciting,” added SBK General Manager Paolo Ciabatti. “We are enthusiastic about this new venture with the Gauteng Provincial Government. This has happened at a magical time, with the championship on the up, and we know that the event in South Africa will prove to be very successful."

Marking the first time in several years that Kyalami has hosted an international event, both races in 2002 were won by Troy Bayliss.


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