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WSBK Monza, Italy: Monza dropped off World Superbike calendar

The Italian World Superbike round at Monza originally scheduled for 22-24th July has been cancelled, as confirmed by the FIM and DWO.
The Italian World Superbike round at Monza originally scheduled for 22-24th July has been cancelled, as confirmed by the FIM and DWO.

Monza, which returned to the World Superbike calendar after confirmation during the winter, has been withdrawn after the organising bodies requested more time to enable changes to the circuit in order to safely accommodate the World Superbike grid.

Both the FIM and DWO have not given up on hosting WSBK at Monza after asking for further time to assess the options about whether it would be feasible to host the series at the Italian venue in the near future.

Italian track Vallelunga, which holds the substitute circuit contract, will not be used as a replacement due to scheduling problems. In addition, the circuit also requires modifications to be able to host a championship round of WSBK which cannot be achieved within the timescale.

As a result, a replacement track for the Italian round of the 2016 World Superbike championship is currently being evaluated with a venue and round date expected to be confirmed before 1st May.

If a replacement is not found within that time the series will enjoy an extended summer break, with the US round at Laguna Seca on 8-10 July signalling the mid-season pause before resuming in Germany at the Lausitzring on the 16-18 September.



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Liam48

April 01, 2016 11:03 AM

I thought this was an April Fools joke but there are many sites that are saying this. It's a shame but they do seems to be in a bit of trouble, I don't understand how the facilities aren't up to standard as Formula 1 will race there this year. On another point, I find it a bit silly that Vallelunga isn't up to spec too, it should be if it is a replacement circuit, it should have been ready for something like this happening. Good news is: there are report that Estoril or Brands Hatch could replace Monza. Both great tracks but having Brands back is a must.

JedPB67

April 01, 2016 12:17 PM
Last Edited 62 days ago

Apparently Brands Hatch is favourite to fill the void, which is fantastic news! The only negative is that the current WSB date clashes with Thruxton BSB. Not good having 2 large motorcycle racing events on the same weekend at circuits that are as close together as those two.



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