2023 WorldSBK Calendar Unveiled
With changes in comparison to years gone by and a return to a traditional starting point at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, the provisional 2023 World Superbike calendar promises intense action from the start.
Whilst the 2022 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is coming to a close, the 2023 season is taking shape and the calendar has been released. The 2023 WorldSBK calendar announced another 12-round Championship to iconic destinations and historic venues where WorldSBK will continue to bring some of the best racing action to life.
With a return to Australia as the season-opener and a back-to-back at the start of the year with Indonesia, a new date for Catalunya and Aragon Rounds and a 12th round to be announced (TBA), it’s a diverse calendar kicking off mid-February.
For the first time since 2020, WorldSBK’s season starts at what is the traditional starting point. The Grand Ridge Brewery Australian Round will lift the curtain on the 12-round season from the 24th to the 26th February. This Round will also mark Australian Remy Gardner’s debut appearance in the WorldSBK grid – something that we know many Australian’s and fans alike are eagerly waiting for.
The championship will then head straight into the Indonesian Round at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit on the 3rd to 5th March for Round 2, marking a new spot on the calendar for Indonesia.
The calendar will then jump straight into a six-week break before the Championship is back on European soil with the Dutch Round at the TT Circuit Assen from the 21st to 23rd April.
Round four sees a second change in the calendar order in comparison to 2022, with the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya hosting the Catalunya Round from the 5th – 7th May. The next round comes from the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” for the Emilia-Romagna Round on the Adriatic Coast from the 2nd to 4th June, whilst marking the halfway point of 2023, the UL Round at Donington Park will close out June action and kickstart July racing from the 30th June to 2nd July.
Entering the second half of 2023, the Czech Round at the Autodrom Most returns for a third consecutive season, held on the final weekend of July on 28th to 30th. With August giving way to the summer break, action resumes with the French Round at at Magny-Cours from the 8th to 10th September, as the circuit gets ready to celebrate 20 years of being on the WorldSBK calendar without interruption.
Having been the opening round for the past two years, MotorLand Aragon and the Aragon Round host round nine from the 22nd to 24th September, whilst the second back-to-back of the year is completed with the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal from the 29th September – 1st October. The Circuito San Juan Villicum welcomes the Argentinean Round for a fifth time in World Superbike history from the 13th – 15th October and will be the season finale, meaning a new circuit, country and continent will close the season. A 12th round with dates is to be announced (TBA).
Full 2023 WorldSBK calendar below:
24th – 26th February: Phillip Island, Australian Round
3rd – 5th March: Mandalika, Indonesian Round
21st – 23rd April: Assen, Dutch Round
5th – 7th May: Barcelona-Catalunya, Catalunya Round
2nd – 4th June: Misano, Emilia-Romagna Round
30th June – 2nd July: Donington Park, UK Round
28th – 30th July: Most, Czech Round
8th – 10th September: Magny-Cours, French Round
22nd – 24th September: Aragon, Aragon Round
29th September – 1st October: Portimao, Portuguese Round
13th – 15th October: San Juan, Argentinean Round