Dorna says it is committed to furthering the World Superbike Championship's global reach as it seeks to introduce the series to more overseas markets, beginning with the 2015 calendar.

The WSBK schedule has come under scrutiny in 2014 - Dorna's first full year in charge of the series - after Russia and South Africa were both removed from the calendar mid-season, reducing the number of rounds to 12 and leaving month-long gaps between the final events.

For 2015, however, Dorna is planning to shake-up the schedule, with a provisional calendar set to be announced shortly comprising of as many as 16 events with a potential split of 8 European events and 8 overseas rounds. Notably, this is set to include events in Thailand and Chile for the first time, as well as a renewed plan to return to both Russia and South Africa.

Dismissing suggestions that Dorna is not committed to the success of World Superbikes in an effort to distance it from MotoGP, WSBK Director Daniel Carrera says there is a pledge to move into burgeoning markets on the request of the manufacturers.

"I think we have shown the investment Dorna have made to Superbikes to put it at a higher level," he said, speaking at the confirmation that Magny-Cours will host the French WSBK round until 2020. "We speak about European rounds and [Magny-Cours], this is a clear reference of what we want for the European events because we have seen how Magny-Cours have been able to attract more spectators year after year. This has not happened at other European events

"In the near future our policy is to keep the sustainable events for the teams, the sponsors and all the people involved in the championship. We need to go to the growing markets where the manufacturers are selling bikes and this is a request for them. We will continue to improve the level of the championship."

 

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