Qatar tipped to conclude 2014 WSBK season

World Superbikes is set to make a return to Qatar for the final round of the 2014 WSBK season.
The 2014 World Superbike is set to conclude with a return to the Losail circuit in Qatar, with a contract due to be formally agreed next month.

Though the new season got underway with the traditional season opener at Phillip Island last weekend, the final draft of the 2014 WSBK calendar remains incomplete with the final round still listed as 'TBA'.

Even so, whilst the venue hasn't been confirmed as yet, the FIM have firmed a date (November 2nd) and specified that it will be held overseas.

That overseas venue is likely to be Losail in the Qatari capital Doha, with Dorna's Javier Alonso telling of his plans to formalise a contract when the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship kicks off there next month.

"During the Grand Prix of Qatar in a month we will get together with the local management. The contract has not been signed yet, but we are confident that the race takes place, "he is quoted as saying.

Part of a plan to expand World Superbikes' global reach, the confirmation of Qatar would ensure five flyaway rounds in 2014, with events in Australia, United States, South Africa and Malaysia also, though the latter is also believed to still be subject to a contract being signed.

Qatar has previously hosted rounds of the World Superbike Championship, holding events in February or March between 2005 and 2009. Should this year's event get the green light, it'll be the first WSBK finale not to be held on European soil in 15 years, when Sugo in Japan brought the curtain down on the 1999 season.

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February 26, 2014 8:15 PM

Are you kidding? Talk about ending the championship on a low note. Imagine there being a three way battle at the last round and the only people there will be 100 ex-pats. I dont understand what the problem with finishing in magny cours is. Great attendance and they get really into it. Didn't understand potimao and jerez being the last races either.

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