|The future of WSBK at Silverstone is looking cloudy…
German motorsports website Speedweek.de are reporting that the 2013 Silverstone round of world superbikes, scheduled to take place from 2-4 August is to be cancelled and replaced with a round at Turkey’s Istanbul circuit. The article cites lack of funds as the reason for the removal of the British venue. This comes a week after it was announced that MotoGP will run from the old pit complex when the elite series visits the circuit in September. Although Silverstone are already selling tickets for the round subject to question.
There have been several other doubts about the 2013 WSBK calendar despite the series starting this weekend in Australia: The June 23rd “to be confirmed” round, apparently to take place at Austria’s Red Bull Ring could be scrapped due to a deal not being reached between circuit management and WSBK. The Indian round has also been subject to question however after much speculation and the delaying of the round, it is confirmed to go ahead in November.
The Silverstone rumours come after British motorcycle insurance broker and sponsor Bennetts revealed on Twitter that they had heard rumours that Silverstone may be replaced by Istanbul for 2014. PaddockChatter would urge fans who have already bought tickets to wait until an official announcement is made by Silverstone, which we expect to be soon.