It is ‘99.9 per cent’ certain Thailand will be included on the World Superbike Championship calendar for the first time in 2015. Having spoken of its intention to take World Superbikes to new and emerging markets in the future, Thailand’s Chang International Circuit and Chile’s venue in Codegua emerged as front runners to secure a spot on the provisional calendar for 2015, while this year’s canned events in South Africa and Russia were also still believed to be vying for a spot on the schedule.
However, speaking at the final round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship in Qatar, Executive Director Javier Alonso says, of the four, only Thailand’s new venue, located in Buriram 400km north of Bangkok, is certain for 2015. “I would say it is 99.9 per cent [certain to be included],” he said. “I was there two weeks ago – the race track is ready and that was the most important thing, the race track can host an event. We asked them for some small modifications but the reality is it can be homologated tomorrow.
Since then we have been working on the contract and the deal is almost done. We are still working on some small pieces, but it will be announced soon.” Should Thailand go on to be confirmed, it is expected to fill the sizeable gap between the Phillip Island season opener in February and the start of the European leg.