Russia will welcome a round of the World Superbike Championship for the first time in 2012 after an agreement was reached between Infront and YMS Promotion Ltd.
An extension of the initial announcement made four months ago, where it was revealed that WSBK organisers Infront were plotting an event in Russia, a ten-year deal has since been signed, with the newly-constructed Moscow Raceway chosen as the first host.
Seen as an opportunity for World Superbikes and World Supersport to capitalise on a growing Eastern European market, Infront CEO Paolo Flammini was delighted to be blazing a trail by taking motorsport to the largest country in the world.
"In the last few months we have been working very closely with Alexander Yakhnich and his team and we have managed to define all the details in preparation for the arrival in Russia of the championship in 2012.
“To hold a race in Moscow, in the very first year, was our declared intention and we are therefore extremely satisfied with the choice of Moscow Raceway, a truly state-of-the-art circuit that is in an advanced phase of construction, and which will be completed in a few month's time. World Superbike will be the first championship to arrive in Russia, a demonstration of Infront Motor Sports' commitment to opening up important new markets for motor sport.”
YMS Promotion Ltd CEO Alexander Yakhnich also revealed he will add further support to the series by entering his own Yakhnich Motorsport Supersport team with Vladimir Leonov at the helm next season.
"We are delighted to be able to officially represent such a prestigious championship as Superbike in Russia. We know that months of hard work lie ahead of us for the organization of the event but we are certain that in August everything will be ready to give a worthy welcome to the Superbike and Supersport Championships and their protagonists.
“The commitment of my group for the development of motorcycle sport in Russia will also be shown by the debut of the Yakhnich Motorsport team in the 2012 FIM Supersport World Championship with Russian rider Vladimir Leonov and another rider still to be decided.”
The Moscow Raceway event, which has been pencilled in for August 26th 2012, is currently in the process of being constructed at a site around 77km from Russia's capital city and was designed by Hermann Tilke.
The inclusion of Russia on the 2012 schedule comes after an influx of interest from Eastern Europe, particularly in the Supersport class, with entries from Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Ukraine in 2011.