|Sofuoglu’s Indian WSSteam will not be disappointed, the Indian
round is still going ahead.
Photo: Ashley Enright
The other day it was reported that the Indian round of World Superbikes scheduled to take place as Round 2 on 8th – 10th March was under threat due to it being almost impossible to meet India’s tight customs regulations with only 2 weeks to transport the goods. Today, the FIM have confirmed that the Indian round will still happen, however it has been moved to November 17th after Jerez and subsequently becomes the final round of the season.
The postponement of the race is predicted to increase cost massively, it is thought the cost of hauling the world superbike teams to India is a similar cost to that of heading out to Phillip Island. This was the reason India was originally after Philip Island on the calendar, to keep costs to a minimum. On top of this, it is likely some teams have already made arrangements.
GPOne are reporting that Portimao have yet again worked miracles in finding funding for the event despite the Portuguese circuit being virtually bankrupt. It would suggest that things are starting to look up a little bit for world superbikes, despite the grid still only having 18 riders signed up.