Phillip Island’s 2022 WorldSBK date locked in
Saturday 2nd April, 2022 - 1:33am
Phillip Island will host the 12th and final round of the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship on November 18-20, it has been announced.
Now that the timing of the Australian Round has been firmed up, it sets up a pair of back-to-back events to finish off the campaign, given the Indonesian Round takes place at Mandalika on November 11-13.
Phillip Island had come to be the customary season-opener for WorldSBK and, according to championship organisers, is expected to reprise that slot in 2023.
Somewhat ironically, its last WorldSBK round was held in February-March 2020, just before the outbreak of COVID-19, before missing out entirely in 2021 due to border restrictions.
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit general manager David Bennett is glad to have the production-based category back.
“Everyone from the world superbike community is keen to get back to Phillip Island, and we are raring to go, so it’s great news that we’re back on the championship calendar in 2022,” he said.
“We thank Dorna and the Victorian Government for their assistance in securing the final round of 2022 for Australia, and we look forward to potentially crowning the champion at Phillip Island.”
The state’s Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula, remarked, “We’re looking forward to hosting the final round of the 2022 Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island.
“This event attracts superbike fans from around the world and showcases the best that Phillip Island has to offer.”
Oli Bayliss and Ben Currie will be part of the event in the World Supersport Championship, while the support card will also feature Australian Superbikes, Australian Supersport and Australian Supersport 300.
In the meantime, Aragon hosts the Supported Test on April 4-5, and Round 1 of the season on the following weekend (April 8-10).
Superbike World Championship 2022 calendar Updated
|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||Nov 18-20|