Crash.net says World Superbike organizers still plan on pushing into new markets, despite their recent struggles to do so.
According to their report, WSB Director Daniel Carrera made the comments in response to suggestions that new organizers Dorna weren’t taking the production-based series seriously, intending instead to promote prototype-based MotoGP.
That’s not the case, said Carerra. Instead, he said the series is hoping to expand to 16 events next year, from 12 this year (after Russia and South Africa were canceled). There will be first-time races in Chile and Thailand on the schedule, although cynics are certainly going to speculate as to whether they’ll be canceled as well, as they’ve certainly had trouble with these plans in the last few years.
However, money talks, and it seems the manufacturers still want World Superbike around as a vehicle to promote their motorcycles, judging by Carerra’s comments to Crash.net that “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.”