Portugal season start canceled – another racetrack in Spain
This further calendar change of the WorldSBK was expected and the season opener in Portugal was canceled. Since the official term postponed would have to include a new date, we intentionally use the unambiguous formulation. As a reminder: Numerous MotoGP races were “postponed” in 2020, but neither Assen, Silverstone nor Sachsenring took place in the same year. With the new calendar, Aragon is currently the season opener. But caution is advised, as all venues were only mentioned as provisional due to the corona pandemic. It is advisable not to book a flight at the overseas race in Indonesia in particular.
The new event on the Circuito de Navarra
Located between Saragossa and Bilbao, with the small town of Logroño 30 km (18,64 mls) away, this circuit is located in northern Spain. Who wants to combine WorldSBK with a beach holiday, you have to try it near Bilbao on the Atlantic. Otherwise, he would choose a visit to the Circuito de Cataluña in September, which is close to the Costa Brava and is always worth a visit, also for MotoGP events. But the racetrack from Navarra in the Rioja area should still be very attractive for the WorldSBK. It was one of the 3 new courses originally planned and announced for the near-series World Cup. With the exception of the Mandalika Resort in Indonesia, these were still missing in the first version of the calendar.
Some advantages of the Circuito de Navarra
Since Pamplona is not too far away in the north-east of the route, there is no problem for spectators as in Aragon, Spielberg or BuriRam with only a few places to stay at a reasonable distance. There is a very good range of hotels and pensions in the nearby town of Logroño alone. Furthermore, those who like to drink good wine are definitely not in the wrong place in this area. We have seldom enjoyed much better wines than products from this area, at most much more expensive.
Very good location for fans from the rest of Europe
With regard to the approach by car or motorbike from Central Europe, the area has another advantage over, for example, Barcelona. You don’t have to travel via southern France from England, the Netherlands, Switzerland or Germany to get there, as is the case with a visit to Catalonia, for example. Especially in the main holiday season (if there will be one next summer despite Covid-19), we often experienced the journey as a test of patience. Even with the bike it was seldom pleasant, as many main axes were often clogged and hotels were often hardly available and terribly expensive, even when traveling.
The new WorldSBK calendar
After the announcement of the postponement of Assen on February 16, the third edition came on March 9, 2021 with still some question marks. In bold the previous changes and in italics the route, which is currently not yet completed and homologated. In addition to San Juan in Argentina and Phillip Island in Australia, however, the event in Indonesia is also fundamentally in question due to the pandemic. Hopefully the Dorna will find a replacement solution for this case, with further European events. It would definitely be a shame if there were only 8 rounds again like in the first Corona year 2020.
To present the route, Dorna has put together an overview in a short video clip, which can be accessed using the following link.
WSBK route presentation: https://www.worldsbk.com/en/videos/2021/2021%20WorldSBK%20Navarra%20Drone%20circuit%20presentation?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Mar09_NavarraVideoImage&utm_campaign=Traffichttps://www.worldsbk.com/en/videos/2021/2021%20WorldSBK%20Navarra%20Drone%20circuit%20presentation