Australia named as finale on 2022 WorldSBK calendar

World Superbikes at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Picture: GeeBee Images

Phillip Island will host the final of the 2022 Superbike World Championship, the provisional calendar for which has now been released.

The Australian Round is set to be the last of a 13-round season, albeit with an as yet unconfirmed date.

Phillip Island had come to be the usual season-opener but has not been on the calendar since Round 1 of the 2020 season, just before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.

As for the 2022 campaign, a supported test takes place on April 4-5 at Aragon, before the Spanish circuit also hosts Round 1 on April 8-10.

The first nine events will be held in Europe, with Aragon followed The Netherlands’ Assen, Portugal’s Estoril, Italy’s Misano, the United Kingdom’s Donington Park, the Czech Republic’s Most.

The summer break follows, which ends with Round 7 at France’s Magny-Cours, then Spain’s Barcelona-Catalunya and Portugal’s Portimao.

Round 10, as the calendar currently stands, takes place at Argentina’s San Juan Villicum, followed by Indonesia’s Mandalika on November 11-13 and finally Phillip Island, with another round to be announced.

WorldSBK executive director Gregorio Lavilla said, “Firstly, it’s great to unveil the 2022 WorldSBK calendar so soon after the thrilling 2021 season has finished.

“WorldSBK will bring a refreshed brand identity for 2022 and we look forward to the season after two challenging seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A 13th round will take place and we have some options for where this event could be, whilst it will be great to welcome Australia and the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit back to the calendar, this time closing the season.

“The date is to be confirmed due to logistical challenges that require further analysis.

“I am pleased to welcome back two of 2021’s new circuits: the Autodrom Most and the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit. We look forward to another fantastic season of WorldSBK action.”

Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu won this year’s Superbike World Championship, breaking Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea’s six-year run of titles.

Oli Bayliss, son of three-time WorldSBK champion Troy, will ride for Ducati next year in the Supersport World Championship which is top feeder category.

Superbike World Championship 2022 calendar

  Round Circuit Date
Test Supported Test Aragon Apr 4-5
1 Aragon MotorLand Aragon Apr 8–10
2 Dutch TT Circuit Assen Apr 22–24
3 Estoril Circuito Estoril May 20–22
4 Emilia-Romagna Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli Jun 10–12
5 UK Donington Park Jul 15–17
6 Czech Autodrom Most Jul 29–31
7 France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours Sep 9–11
8 Catalunya Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Sep 23–25
9 Portuguese Autodromo Internacional do Algarve Oct 7–9
10 Argentinean Circuito San Juan Villicum Oct 21–23
11 Indonesian Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit Nov 11–13
12 Australian Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit TBA TBA-TBA
One more event to be announced; Phillip Island confirmed finale

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