With the 2020 roadracing seasons ended, we’re getting the groundwork laid for 2021. Now, we’ve got the World Superbike schedule, although there will be some changes to come.
Thanks to COVID-19, there are some changes from the norm. Most notably, the season opens with an April race weekend at Assen, instead of the usual earlier opening date at Phillip Island in Australia. Why? Because Dorna, the organizers behind WSBK, have got an intra-Euro race program figured out, dealing with the coronavirus restrictions, so it’s easier to open in Holland.
As for the Australian round, it’s not actually scheduled right now. It’s listed as “Subject To Contract,” with no date set. Presumably, this will be the season-ender, but with tight restrictions over who can and can’t enter Australia, thanks to the pandemic, the whole affair is still up in the air.
Also of note: At this point, there’s no US round listed, not even as a possibility. However, there’s a significant mid-summer break, as usual. It’s possible Dorna could shoehorn a race into there, if all the current unpleasantries in the US subside by then, and organizers can nail down a suitable venue.
Aside from that, here’s the schedule for now:
2021 World Superbike
April 23-25, The Netherlands, Assen
May 7-9, Portugal, Estoril
May 21-23, Spain, Aragon
June 11-13, Italy, Misano
July 2-4, UK, Donington Park
September 3-5, France, Magny-Cours
September 17-19, Spain, Catalunya
September 24-26, Spain, Jerez
October 1-3, Portugal, Algarve
October 15-17, Argentina, San Juan Villicum
November 12-14, Indonesia, Mandalika
Subject To Contract: Australia, Phillip Island