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Indonesia removed from 2013 calendar?

Following the announcement in February that Indonesia was to make a return to the World Superbike calendar in 2013, it seems Sentul won't appear until 2014 at the earliest now.
The World Superbike Championship's return to Indonesia looks set to be delayed by one year until 2014, with India identified as the sole new venue to join the schedule in 2013.

Heralded as a chance to tap into the country's crucial motorcycling market, as well re-enter Asia, the decision to return to Sentul – which hosted the Indonesian round of WSBK between 1994 and 1997 – was officially confirmed in February.

Since then, WSBK organisers Infront have confirmed that India's Buddh International Circuit will debut on the schedule in 2013 to consolidate the series' attempts to capitalise on the huge Asian interest.

However, in an unrelated press release issued by the official WSBK press office announcing an extended television coverage deal with ESPN Star Sports in Asia, it stated 'the World Superbike calendar will feature two new races - India from 2013 and possibly Indonesia from 2014 onwards - that will be sure to bolster interest in Asia'.

The statement comes after rumours began circulating in April that Sentul's place on the calendar was subject to conditions, including the complete resurfacing of the circuit.

If Sentul isn't included on the final schedule, it will mark the second time in five years that it has failed to make the final cut having been provisionally included on the 2008 calendar too.



Tagged as: Indonesia , India , Sentul

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tucker - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 4:04 PM

I have to agree with you MarcoFan. Considering half the bikes on the grid are Japanese it's amazing they host a round in Japan any more. I believe one of the reasons for no Japanese round is the control tyre, in the national Japanese series they run Bridgestone and Dunlop tyres as well as Pirelli. So the teams who would wild card won't because the change in rubber. I follow the All Japan series and it's a real shame that we don't get to see the local riders, because they have some real quick riders! Takumi Takahashi, Kosouke Akiyoshi and Katsuaki Nakasuga could all run well in World SBK. Let's hope in the near future they return to Japan.

MarcoFan - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 3:49 PM

Why is Japan not on the calendar? SBK should visit Japan every year. Not racing in Japan seems wrong in many respects. There are many venues in Japan that would host a WSBK round. China would be a good choice too, the Shanghai circuit is excellent.



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