Horrible WorldSBK ticket prices are a deterrent
We still remember the situation in Imola when, after a price increase compared to 2018, there was a drastic decline in visitors the following year. Obviously not everyone learned from this. In any case, the organizer is now completely over the top with the WSBK event near Cremona, which has been added to the calendar. The northern Italians, who according to some of our readers may be surrounded by madness, are charging a whopping 31 euros more for a three-day ticket with at least 140 euros (and this 8 months before the race weekend) than the organizers of Mugello in MotoGP at the beginning of June. Imola had completely speculated on the 2019 season, as our example below shows. After that, most of the “regulars” never came anymore and that’s probably why the organizer ultimately gave up as far as WSBK was concerned.
Price development in Italy runs counter to Cremona usury
As we predicted four and a half years ago, Italian ticket prices fell significantly after the resignation of national hero Valentino Rossi. This applies at least to the grandstand tickets, which were up to around 50 percent more expensive in 2019 than they are now for the coming season. Perhaps those responsible in Cremona are apparently dreaming of a Ducati suction effect. But if Bautista’s opponents’ calculations work out, this season his effortless victories, which caused a lot of boredom in the last two years, are likely to come to an end thanks to the new minimum weight introduced in 2024. The almost insane prices of Cremona are completely alone compared to Misano and even the overpriced event in Most (see the comparison with Barcelona below, for example) seems downright cheap in comparison. Although there are 3-day tickets for the event in Cremona for 140 euros, the paddock is not included and, as usual in the land of pizza, there are also hefty daily parking fees, as is often the case in Misano and Mugello (for MotoGP), as well as Imola already experienced by us.
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Fortunately, there are also positive examples
Anyone who goes to Assen is usually in the right place, at least for the WSBK events. With a good atmosphere and great food, you can usually have a good time here and save a lot of money with must compared to Italy and the Czech Republic, for example. The “Brotje-Gesond” or the ones with “lecker Benham” (hopefully spelled halfway correctly, at least that’s how it sounded to us) were always a highlight during the breaks. In contrast to MotoGP, there is no such crowding at WorldSBK in Assen as on MotoGP Sundays, when walking around the circuit often felt like a landfill, as far too many visitors simply carelessly threw away so much rubbish. Of course, Donington also has to be positively mentioned, with one of the most beautiful routes ever, as well as Philipp Island in Australia. For us in both cases the only thing that was inadequate was the food, but that’s probably a matter of taste and it’s still better than back in Losail (Qatar), although the prices there were very moderate.
Other recommended WorldSBK events
Magny-Cours and the events in Spain are definitely among those with stable and reputable admission prices. At Aragon there are at most compromises in terms of overnight accommodation there, at least for those who camping is not an option. In any case, Spain is one of our favorite destinations for the Superbike World Championship and even MotoGP, especially when it comes to cheap prices when it comes to food and hotels. Jerez de la Frontera and Barcelona are at the top of the wish list. As a precaution, we booked for all events, including Australia, where we were able to experience the last “normal” race for a long time in 2020, shortly before the outbreak of the pandemic. Afterwards, we voluntarily went into in-house quarantine due to a stopover in Singapore, although we would have been compulsorily isolated anyway for the flight we had already booked to the MotoGP in Qatar (as stop over on the way to Asia). Unfortunately, we subsequently lost the money for this, just like the money for the scoundrels from the Spanish Iberia subsidiary for the flight to South America (WSBK Argentina), which was canceled due to Covid. Fortunately, today you can travel freely again, but we may miss out on Cremona, while in 2024 we will probably travel to Misano, near the Adriatic holiday mecca Rimini.
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