WorldSBK adjusts 2024 calendar as season finale moved

The 2024 WorldSBK calendar has been changed, with the final round of the upcoming season at Jerez in Spain being moved back by a week

Xavi Vierge, 2023 Spanish WorldSBK. - Gold and Goose

Adjustments have been made to the 2024 WorldSBK calendar, with the final round being moved back by one week. The 13th and final stop on WorldSBK’s mostly European tour will remain at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto in Andalusia, but its date has been changed.

Originally, the race was scheduled for 11-13 October, the same weekend as the final round of the British Superbike Championship in Brands Hatch. Now, though, the Jerez race has been moved to 18-20 October, putting it on the same weekend as the MotoGP Australian Grand Prix in Phillip Island. It also means that the gap between the penultimate round of the 2024 World Superbike Championship and its final round, at MotorLand Aragon, is extended to three weeks.

This shouldn’t result in too much of a clash, as the MotoGP race on Sunday should be finished by around 06:00 UK time, and the WorldSBK Superpole Race shouldn’t start until 10:00 UK time.

2024 WorldSBK provisional calendar

Two new circuits and three Spanish tracks feature on the provisional calendar for the 2024 WorldSBK season.

The two new circuits are both subject to homologation, and are the Cremona Circuit in Italy, which has been a relatively popular training destination for Italy-based riders in recent years, and the Balaton Park Circuit in Hungary, which also features on the 2024 MotoGP calendar as a reserve circuit.

They enter the WorldSBK series in place of the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Indonesia and the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola in Italy. Imola returned to WorldSBK in 2023 for the first time since 2019, but also had concerns raised about its safety, especially in wet conditions.

Mandalika, on the other hand, had financial concerns, having lost money on the rounds it held in 2021 and 2022.

Aside from the two new circuits, the headline is undoubtedly that there will be three Spanish rounds, including two to end the season at MotorLand Aragon on 27-29 September and at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto on 18-20 October. The third, at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, will be the second round of the season on 22-24 March, taking place four weeks after the season opener at Phillip Island.

Jerez returned to WorldSBK in 2023 for the first time since 2020, and only because Argentinian politics meant the planned season finale at San Juan had to be cancelled. The Andalucian circuit’s continuation is an understandable one considering that San Juan will remain unavailable next year, but it also means that there is only one non-European round of the 2024 Superbike World Championship and that WorldSBK and MotoGP together will run a total of nine races in Iberia in 2024.

The full 2024 provisional WorldSBK calendar is below.

2024 WorldSBK provisional calendar

23-25 FebruaryAustraliaPhillip Island Circuit
22-24 MarchSpainCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
19-21 AprilNetherlandsTT Circuit Assen
14-16 JuneItalyMisano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
12-14 JulyUKDonington Park
19-21 JulyCzech RepublicAutodrom Most
9-11 AugustPortugalAutodromo Internacional do Algarve
23-25 AugustHungaryBalaton Park Circuit*
6-8 SeptemberFranceCircuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
20-22 SeptemberItalyCremona Circuit*
27-29 SeptemberSpainMotorLand Aragon
18-20 OctoberSpainCircuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto

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