2009 WSBK calendar released, no Brands.

The provisional 2009 World Superbike calendar, released by the FIM on Sunday, shows no round at Brands Hatch - traditionally one of the biggest events of the year - whilst confirming a return to Kyalami in South Africa.

The season also looks set to start at Phillip Island in Australia on March 1, rather than Qatar, with the desert venue reverting to round two.

The championship remains at 14 rounds, with one 'to-be-announced' event pencilled in for September 27 in Italy, a slot occupied by Vallelunga for the past two years. Monza remains 'subject to contract'.

The new Portimao circuit, due to host its debut WSBK event on November 2 of this year, retains its place as the season finale at the slightly earlier date of October 25.

The calendar shows that, unlike this season, the World Supersport Championship will take part in the 2009 US-round at Salt Lake City.

The full provisional 2009 WSBK and WSS calendar can be seen below:

March 1 Australia Phillip Island
March 14 Qatar Doha/Losail*
April 5 Spain Valencia
April 26 Netherlands Assen
May 10 Italy Monza **
May 17 South Africa Kyalami
May 31 United States Salt Lake City
June 21 San Marino Misano
June 28 Great-Britain Donington Park
July 26 Czech Republic Brno
September 6 Germany Nürburgring
September 27 Italy tba
October 4 France Magny-Cours
October 25 Portugal Portimão

* Saturday race
** Subject to contract

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Dohbuoy - Unregistered

October 19, 2008 6:29 PM

Fantastic, who planned this then, no Brits in the series plenty of racing in the UK, load up the series with British riders and the best round of the series is left out ..... :?

John - Unregistered

October 20, 2008 7:21 PM

Check out the Brands Hatch website and you can see why JP isn't prepared to be ripped off, and I don't blame him. They want over twice the fee JP paid in 2008 which equates to an extra £15 per person at the gate. It's as bad as Dorna with Eurosport TV rights money money. As mentioned previous it's all about private equity groups milking what they can get. We've all seen JP at bike meetings and he loves it and I for one back him. You go to Brands and he does his upmost to put us spectators first, bike stands, helmet parks, clean toilets, clean spectator areas blah blah blah. I've been following motorsport for 30 years and he's the only guy I can think of that thinks us folk! So stuff Em

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