Following the rumors that the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve circuit in Portimão (Portugal) was in dire financial difficulties and 13th round of the World Superbike season next month was at risk, Infront Motor Sports has stepped in and confirmed that the round will go ahead as scheduled.
“In the last few weeks there had been considerable uncertainty as to whether the race would be held or not, but the World Superbike organizers and promoters can now confirm that the race will take place on its original date in the calendar.
“Infront Motor Sports wishes to express its appreciation for the efforts made by the management of the Portimao circuit to respect its commitments and ensure that the event will go ahead as originally scheduled, in spite of the current difficult situation.”
Portimao which debuted on the World Superbike calendar in 2008 and won the 2011 Superbike Organiser Award isn’t the only circuit in financial troubles, Nurburgring is under administration after a failure to receive a bailout loan.
The Pirelli contract to Superbike has been renewed for another three years, taking the Italian tyre company through to 2015 with its supplier’s contract. The Pirelli-Superbike partnership started back in 2004 and will again include tyres for the Supersport, Superstock 1000 and Superstock 600 classes.
The press release states that the one-make tyre rule is essential to the Superbike championship, and it is reasonable to expect that it will continue in the future, beyond 2015. Infront Sports says:
The FIM Superbike World Championship has benefitted from stability, quality, competitiveness and fairness, and the one-make supply is fully in line with the philosophy lying behind the four championships, which is to give all competitors the same level playing-field regarding performance, service and costs, while Pirelli’s ongoing R&D in collaboration with the world’s leading production-based racing championships has led to its constant developments in advanced racing technology being transferred to its products for everyday use on the road. Other important factors in the supply renewal were Pirelli’s working methods, tyre performance, reliability and durability and top-level service quality.
Infront Motor Sport just one upped Dorna as they have announced that the World Superbike Championship will be heading to Russia as soon as 2012.
The partnership agreement was reached between Paolo Flamini’s Infront Motor Sports and Yakhnich Motorsport who is now the organiser of the new round and will also hold the TV and marketing rights in the vast Russian market.
It hasn’t been announced on which track or an eventual calendar date as a number of circuits are applying for FIM homologation, so if we have any Russian readers we’d sure like to have your feedback on which tracks could be applying and where they are located.
Press release after the jump.
With Eyjafjallajökull volcano wrecking havoc in air travel across Europe and many racing fans disapponted with MotoGP’s postponement of the Motegi races, many were left wondering if the World Superbike round at Assen could face the same fate.
Fortunately the good news is that Assen has gotten the green light and we’ll be seeing the usual top notch racing at the Dutch circuit this Sunday as confirmed by Infront Motor Sports SBK Director, Paolo Ciabatti:
“The bikes are all in Europe, following the last round at Valencia, and so are the riders. There should also be no problems either for the fans, who are mainly local, or from Germany and the UK and who can easily reach Assen by bike or car. Many teams are also planning to get there by car as well, so there should be no particular issues for Assen.’
Our gallery of grid girls from last weekend’s World Superbike Championship at Miller Motorsports Park. You’ll be getting to see more of these American beauties in the following years, because the circuit owners announced the other day that they have signed a contract extension with Infront Motor Sports who runs the WSBK to keep the races at the Utah track till 2013.