The World Superbike Championship will return to Germany and the Lausitzring next season following the announcement that Dorna has penned a three year deal with the venue.
The circuit first appeared on the WSBK schedule in 2001 and hosted five events until 2007 when it was replaced by the Nurburgring.
However, with Germany slipping off the calendar altogether at the end of the 2013 season, a new agreement will see the nation return in 2016 at the circuit, located in the eastern region of the country.
Considered a vital market for the motorcycling industry, particularly following BMW's entry into the Superbike market, Dorna's Daniel Carrera is delighted to be welcoming the venue back to the schedule.
¨We are extremely proud to have worked hard with the Lausitzring to bring back WorldSBK to the German market, a venue that has always shown great interest to the FIM Superbike World Championship and to motorcycle racing in general,” he said. “A three-year agreement helps both parties to plan the future editions with renewed confidence, allowing us to do our best to make the German Round one the best and most enjoyable events on the calendar for fans, riders and teams.”
The event will take place on September 16-18, though it isn't clear if this marks an addition to the WSBK schedule or whether it is replacing an event.
¨We are delighted to welcome the ‚FIM Superbike World Championship' back to Lausitzring from September 16th to 18th 2016 after two years without a German Round,” said Lausitzring CEO Josef Meier. “The Superbike World Championship offers the highest level of motorcycle racing and will ensure hard duels and exciting races to our German and European fans.
"And it will be a good chance for our region to present the 'Lusatian Lakeland', the largest landscape of artificial lakes in Europe surrounding the Lausitzring, to worldwide audiences.”