Russia is set to join the World Superbike Championship schedule after Paolo Flammini, CEO of Infront Motor Sports and Alexander Yakhnich, CEO of Yakhnich Motorsport announced that a partnership agreement had been reached between the two companies in an event in Moscow.

As a result Yakhnich Motorsport becomes the organiser of the Russian Round of the FIM Superbike World Championship, and also acquires the TV and Marketing rights for the Russian market, with the aim being to take the series to Russia in 2012.

Negotiations are being held with a number of circuits in the process of applying for FIM homologation.

"We are very satisfied with this agreement and we wish to thank Mr. Yakhnich for his warm welcome and for the truly professional work carried out by his team, Flammini said. "Russia is one of the most important nations in the world, with a rapidly-growing economy.

"We think that the Superbike World Championship is the most suitable way to help develop the Russian motorcycle market, together with a plan that foresees the growth of young Russian riders on an international level in our four categories."

Yakhnich said he too was pleased with the agreement signed.

"We are honoured to have reached this prestigious target," he said. "Thanks to the vital support of the Russian Government, specifically the Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov, Russian motorcycling is getting ready to play host to the Superbike World Championship and in this way help the growth of the sport in our country in the best possible way."



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