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Portimao in, Sepang out for 2017 World Superbike calendar

The Malaysian round of the World Superbike championship at Sepang has dropped off the 2017 calendar and has been replaced by Portimao.
The Malaysian round of the World Superbike championship at Sepang has dropped off the 2017 calendar and has been replaced by Portimao, while the penultimate round at Jerez is subject to confirmation.

After Crash.net reported the Sepang International Circuit was looking to drop its World Superbike round due to low attendance figures, the Malaysian round has been switch for the return of Portimao after it missed hosting the series in 2016.

The bulk of the 2017 calendar follows the same path as last season starting in late February at Phillip Island before heading to Thailand ahead of the European stretch of the campaign which begins at Aragon.

Trips to Assen, Imola, Donington Park and Misano all hold on to their traditional slots over April, May and June before World Superbikes makes its single trip across the Atlantic for the Laguna Seca round on the 7-9 July.

After a six-week summer break the action resumes at Lausitzring on the 18-20 August before the return to Portimao in September. Magny-Cours is set to host the third to last round of the season on the provisional calendar until the 13-15 October round, believed to be at Jerez, is confirmed.

Qatar's Losail International Circuit hosts the final round on the 3-5 October, running from a changed schedule of Thursday to Saturday.

2017 World Superbike and World Supersport Championship calendar (provisional):

24-26 February Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
10-12 March Thailand Chang International Circuit
30 March – 2 April Spain MotorLand Aragón
28-30 April Netherlands TT Circuit Assen
12-14 May Italy Autodromo Int. Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola
26-28 May United Kingdom Donington Park
16-18 June Italy Misano World Circuit 'Marco Simoncelli'
7-9 July USA Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca* (WorldSBK only)
18-20 August Germany Lausitzring
15-17 September Portugal Portimao
1-3 October France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
13-15 October TBA TBA
3-5 November Qatar Losail International Circuit

*Subject to contract



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StrangeRanger

November 27, 2016 12:53 PM

Dorna once again exhibits a remarkable lack of vision. The "World" Superbike series is becoming decidedly smaller and more European. Only thirteen race meetings: one each in North America, Asia, the Middle East and Australia, none in South America or Africa. None of the European rounds are in Eastern Europe and at least two probably three are in Spain. How can any "world" motorcycle championship not have a Japanese round? Surely Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki deserve to have a home race. Given the size of the North American motorcycle market and the cost of getting the series over here wouldn't a second race meeting in the east of either the US or Canada make sense? Or failing that why not expand southwards to Brazil or Argentina? I'm not advocating cutting any races, although I question Dorna's scheduling three of their home rounds in Spain, but with only 13 meetings and large vacant spaces in the calendar there is clearly room to grow the series and its fan base.



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