2016 WSBK calendar has been announced, along with the in-season testing dates. Surprisingly, next year there will be 14 races organised in various parts of the country. The organisers have included new tracks and will be skipping some iconic racing circuits.
WSBK 2016 season begins in February with pre-season testing. The very first test of 2016 will be held at Phillip Island, Australia on February 22 to 23. Next testing session will be during the season at Misano circuit on June 20, 2016. Last practice session will be prior to last WSBK round and will be held at Jerez on October 17, 2016.
Here is the provisional 2016 calendar for WSBK Championship:
- Phillip Island, Australia - February 28, 2016.
- Chang International Circuit, Thailand - March 13, 2016.
- MotorLand Aragon, Spain - April 3, 2016.
- TT Circuit Assen, Netherland - April 17, 2016.
- Imola, Italy - May 1, 2016.
- Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia - May 15, 2016.
- Donington Park, United Kingdom - May 29, 2016.
- Misano, Italy - June 19, 2016
- Laguna Seca, United States of America - July 10, 2016.
- Monza, Italy - July 24, 2016.
- Lausitzring, Germany - September 18, 2016.
- Magny-Cours, France - October 2, 2016.
- Jerez, Spain - October 16, 2016.
- Losail International Circuit, Qatar - October 30, 2016.
Portimao, Portugal is a very challenging circuit and a popular track on WSBK calendar. To everyone's surprise organisers have dropped this event from the calendar. They explain low audience turnout as a major reason for dropping the circuit.
For the 2016 WSBK Championship, Yamaha will be making its official comeback as a factory team. Their machinery will be ridden by Sylvain Guintoli and Alex Lowes. Yamaha is expected to be highly competitive in the 2016 Championship and a force to reckon with.
Another individual to look out for will be Nicky Hayden, who retires from MotoGP to join WSBK. He will be teaming up with Michael van der Mark and both will ride for Ten Kate Honda Team. At this moment, Hayden and Honda are finding a perfect setup.