WSBK: FIM confirms no extra races for 2014

The proposal for a third WSBK race to take place in Qatar is rejected, meaning the remainder of the season will be contested over six races.
The remainder of the 2014 World Superbike Championship will be contested over three rounds and six races after a proposal for additional race in Qatar was denied.

The recent cancellation of the South African WSBK round means just events at Jerez, Magny-Cours and Losail remain this year, a smaller-than-expected schedule that raised the suggestion from the FIM and Dorna it would pursue alternative avenues to 'compensate' for the lost points.

This was to come in the form of a third WSBK race to be held over during the Qatar finale, but a statement from the FIM and Dorna has confirmed this will not occur after it failed to reach the necessary consensus to be passed.

“The FIM and Dorna WSBK Organization inform that the possibility to compensate for the amount of points that will be missed through the cancellation of the South African Round has been denied.

“The proposal made to the Manufacturers and Teams competing in the Championship to arrange an additional race for both WSBK and WSS classes during the Round of Qatar did not receive the required consensus.”

The ruling means Kawasaki's Tom Sykes is well placed in the WSBK standings having opened out a 44 point lead with a maximum of 150 points up for grabs from the final six races.

Similarly, Michael van der Mark is almost certain to seal the World Supersport title, the Dutchman currently 53 points clear of Jules Cluzel with a maximum of 75 points available from the remaining three races. As well as Cluzel, only Florian Marino is within mathematic chance of the title, ensuring there will be a new champion in 2014.

Tagged as: Dorna , FIM

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August 29, 2014 7:21 AM

I guess no South American countries are willing to slip the likes of Ten Kate, Crescent Suzuki and co some cash to cart their bikes and equipment down their neck of the woods next season like they are willing with motogp.


August 28, 2014 10:16 AM

I guess it depended on when they were going to run the race. If it was after qualifying, there'll be no-one in the stands and very few viewers on TV, so I could understand why they said no if that was the case.

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