World Superbikes cancels Russian round

Moscow Raceway has been removed from the 2014 World Superbike calendar

Moscow Raceway has been removed from the 2014 World Superbike calendar

The World Superbike Championship has been forced to cancel its visit to Russia’s Moscow Raceway this season.

The championship was due to head to Russia on September 21 for Round 11 of the season but event promoters DWO and YMS Promotion have cancelled the meeting, citing political reasons.

“DWO and YMS Promotion have decided to cancel the WSBK Russian Round which was scheduled to be held at Moscow Raceway on September 21st 2014,” read a statement on the championship’s official website.

“The current political situation affects the capabilities of a number of key partner companies essential to run the event.

“Parties regret the decision, but are confident that the strong partnership between DWO and YMS Promotion will prevail.

“It is a common intention to continue with the organisation of the WSBK Russian Round in 2015 and for the remainder of the contract period up to 2021.”

Moscow Raceway joined the World Superbike Championship calendar in 2012.

Last season Chaz Davies won the only Superbike encounter at the venue after organisers cancelled the second race following the death of Supersport rider Andrea Antonelli.

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