Dorna has released the provisional dates for the 2015 World Superbike Championship with Russia confirmed as returning to the schedule after being cancelled this season.

As expected, all 12 events that took place in 2014 return for next season and will be joined by Thailand for the first time, while Russia gets a place again after this year's round was cancelled over logistical issues related to the conflict in Crimea.

Following two official pre-season test days on February 16th and 17th at Phillip Island, the season will begin with the traditional opener at the Australian circuit on February 22nd, before the series moves onto the all-new Chang International Circuit in Thailand exactly a month later.

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A long European leg will then get underway at Motorland Aragon (Spain), followed by Assen (Netherlands), Imola (Italy) and Donington Park (UK), followed by Portimao (Portugal) and Misano (Italy).

From here the series will take in flyaways to the Moscow Raceway (Russia), Laguna Seca (USA) Sepang (Malaysia), before returning to Europe after a lengthy seven-week summer break for Jerez (Spain) and Magny-Cours (France).

The season will conclude yet again in Qatar after its return to the calendar in 2014 with the first-ever night-race, though it will take place earlier on 18th October.

The Russian, Portuguese and Qatari events remain subject to contract for the time being, though Dorna says it has worked hard to avoid to pitfalls of the 2014 season when two events (Russia and South Africa) were cancelled mid-season.

2015 WSBK Provisional Calendar

1. 22nd February - Phillip Island, Australia
2. 22nd March - Chang International Circuit, Thailand
3. 12th April - Motorland Aragon, Spain
4. 19th April - TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands
5. 10th May - Imola, Italy
6. 24th May - Donington Park, UK
7. 7th June - Autodromo Internacionale do Algarve, Portugal *
8. 21st June - Misano Marco Simoncelli World Circuit, Italy
9. 5th July - Moscow Raceway, Russia *
10. 19th July - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, USA (WSBK only)
11. 2nd August - Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
12. 20th September - Circuito de Jerez, Spain
13. 4th October - Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, France
14. 18th October - Losail International Circuit, Qatar *

* Subject to contract

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a month gap between race 1 and 2 and a 7 week gap in the middle of the season is just bonkers , Malaysia as round 2 on the 8th March would have made more sense putting 3 fly away rounds together with enough time in between each race for team members to recover. Then add a round in Japan and South Africa in the 7 week gap and we would truly have a World Super bike championship