This year’s World Superbike Championship saw a lot of action especially in relation to the final result. Winning streaks were ended, and new rivalries made the highlight reel. All of it culminated in the triumph of Toprak Razgatlioglu over Kawasaki WSBK rider, Jonathan Rea.
Before we even crossover into the year 2022, the calendar for the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship is already taking shape ahead of the new season. The race series will cover four continents across the globe, and every circuit will play host to some of the most exciting racing you may see. Up to thirteen rounds will be held for WSBK 2022 and the series will conclude in the Land Down Under, at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Australia. The final leg of the season, however, was given no finite date at the moment. Also, one event is to be announced at the time of this article’s writing.
Two new venues that were introduced to the series’ fans in the 2021 season will make a return in 2022. Indonesia’s Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit and the Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic will both be retained in the 2022 calendar for WSBK.
The reason why the dates are still not set in stone for most of the calendar is because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. All restrictions that derive from the corresponding governments and authorities will determine a lot of the planning and availability of the venues for spectators and teams to occupy.
As for the initial schedule, the dates and venues are as follows:
Round 1: MotorLand Aragon, Spain - April 8 to 10, 2022
Round 2: TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands - April 22 to 24, 2022
Round 3: Circuito Estoril, Portugal - May 20 to 22, 2022
Round 4: Misano World Circuit, “Marco Simoncelli,” Italy - June 10 to 12, 2022
Round 5 Donington Park, UK - July 15 to 17, 2022 (No World Super Sport 300 event)
Round 6: Autodrom Most, Czech Republic - July 29 to 31, 2021
Round 7: Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cour, France - September 9 to 11, 2022
Round 8: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain - September 23 to 25, 2022
Round 9: Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal - October 7 to 9, 2022
Round 10: Circuito San Juan Villicum, Argentina - October 21 to 23, 2022
Round 11: Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit, Indonesia - November 11 to 13, 2021
Round 12: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Australia - TBA
Round 13: TBA
Provisional 2022 WorldSBK calendar unveiled
Thursday, 25 November 2021 12:03 GMT
A provisional calendar for the 2022 season has been confirmed, subject to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic
The 2022 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is taking shape with a provisional calendar in place ahead of the new season. Spanning four continents, WorldSBK’s calendar visits a variety of circuits, with a fresh feel ready to host the title fight until the very end of the season. 13 rounds are currently on the provisional calendar with one event to be announced (TBA), whilst the final round will be in Australia at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit but is currently without dates. A supported test will take place on the 4th and 5th of April at MotorLand Aragon, less than a week before racing commences at the venue.
Two of 2021’s new venues remain; Indonesia’s Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit and the Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic both made successful debuts in 2021 and will welcome more memories in 2022. All dates, events and spectator attendance are subject to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent restrictions that derive from the corresponding governments and authorities.
Like 2021, the first nine rounds of the Championship take place across Europe; MotorLand Aragon starts the season for the second consecutive year from the 8th – 10th of April, before the TT Circuit Assen moved to round two from the 22nd – 24th of April for the Dutch Round. The Circuito Estoril hosts round three from the 20th – 22nd of May, whilst the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” welcomes WorldSBK to Italy for round four from the 10th – 12th of June and the Emilia-Romagna Round. Donington Park follows next for the UK Round from the 15th – 17th of July, with WorldSBK and WorldSSP the two classes in attendance, the only European round without WorldSSP300.
Round six will come from the Autodrom Most from the 29th – 31st July for the Czech Round, before a summer break takes place. The French Round remains in the first third of September as the seventh round taking place across the 9th – 11th, followed two weeks later by the Catalunya Round at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, before the Portuguese Round two weeks after that at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve from the 7th – 9th of October, which brings and end to the WorldSSP300 season.
The final three rounds of the Championship will take place outside of Europe with Argentina being the first at the Circuito San Juan Villicum from the 21st – 23rd of October, before the Indonesian Round at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit takes place. The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is on the provisional calendar but has yet to be assigned dates, closing the season for the first time since 1996. A 13th event is to be announced, with dates and venue to be communicated in due course. The non-European races will feature only WorldSBK and WorldSSP classes.
WorldSBK Executive Director Gregorio Lavilla gave his thoughts on the calendar: “Firstly, it’s great to unveil the 2022 WorldSBK calendar so soon after the thrilling 2021 season has finished. WorldSBK will bring a refreshed Brand Identity for 2022 and we look forward to the season after two challenging seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 13th round will take place and we have some options for where this event could be, whilst it will be great to welcome Australia and the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit back to the calendar, this time closing the season. The date is to be confirmed due to logistical challenges that require further analysis. I am pleased to welcome back two of 2021’s new circuits: the Autodrom Most and the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit. We look forward to another fantastic season of WorldSBK action.”
2022 WorldSBK Calendar below:
8th – 10th April: MotorLand Aragon, Spain
22nd – 24th April: TT Circuit Assen, the Netherlands
20 – 22nd May: Circuito Estoril, Portugal
10th – 12th June: Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”, Italy
15th – 17th July: Donington Park, UK
29th – 31st July: Autodrom Most, Czech Republic
9th – 11th September: Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, France
23rd – 25th September: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
7th – 9th October: Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal
21st – 23rd October: Circuito San Juan Villicum, Argentina
11th – 13th November: Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit, Indonesia
Dates to be assigned: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Australia
A 13th event is to be announced (TBA)
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