For the first time in the series history, World Superbike rounds will host three races over one weekend in 2019.
The new schedule calls for the traditional Race One on Saturday at 2 pm in the afternoon which will be followed by a new short sprint race format on Sunday morning at 11 am which will be followed by another feature race at 2 pm in the afternoon on the same day, rounding out the triple-header weekends.
“World Superbikes is always about action, lots and lots of back-to-back racing. This three-race initiative from Dorna and the teams is sensational,” said Fergus Cameron, circuit managing director. “It’s putting the fans first with lap upon lap of unrivalled action and that’s what we love. A third race will escalate the intensity of competition to a level unheard of before in the sport of motorcycle racing.”
However, the new schedule is not the only thing that the spectators can expect. In the upcoming season, Ducati will unleash the new Panigale V4 associated with the Italian marque’s factory riders Davies and Bautista who will take on Jonathan Rea’s four-consecutive wins.
“To bring in a third ‘sprint race’ into the WorldSBK format for 2019 is something we have been planning for a long time now, so we are delighted to see the plans coming together. We are committed to bringing exciting races to the fans year on year, and we think the addition of a sprint race will add to the WorldSBK experience. We are continuing to work on the final adjustments and hope to bring more details in the near future.” Said WorldSBK Executive Director, Daniel Carrera.