The Buddh International Circuit may have modified the track to host the the second round of the 2013 World Superbike championship scheduled for March 10th, but the event is now at risk according to gpone.com.
The Italian website is reporting that the round has just turned into a logistic and bureaucratic and what could be a very costly nightmare for Dorna who took over the series late last year, and now has been forced to schedule an emergency meeting next week in Madrid to try to solve the two issues.
The first issue is logistical, because Indian customs laws require that the equipment (in this case the bikes, parts, tools, and camera equipment ect) have to be shipped to the country 15 days before the race in order have all the time to inspect all the goods, but a 15-day time frame conflicts with the first round of season at Phillip Island, Australia that takes place on February 24th. Even if Indian custom inspectors decide waive even a part of the inspection the riders would probably be then forced skip the pre-race test session that is supposed take place on Wednesday March 6th and start cold on Friday morning and waste the entire day on learning the circuit instead of working on set-up.
Infront Motor Sports has gotten the jump on Dorna (even if they are both under the Bridgepoint umbrella) and is again broadening its horizons.
The World Superbike championship promoter has signed a four year deal - from 2013 to 2016 - to host a round of the World Superbike round at the new Buddh International Circuit.
The round has been scheduled for March 10th, (one of the five months that sees good weather on the Indian continent) and which hopefully will interrupt the long month wait that is usually occurs between the traditional season opener at Phillip Island round at the end of February and the first European round at the end of March or the beginning of April.
At the present it isn’t know if an European circuit will get the axe to make room for the new round (11 of the current 14 rounds are in Europe - with three just in Italy ) or if the Infront will just add an extra round to their already busy calendar.
This will add another fly-away round for the growing championship after Infront announced last February a five year deal with Indonesian government to host a round at the Sentul circuit always in 2013.
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