WorldSBK seals return to Germany

Jonathan Rea of Great Britain and Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK greets fans (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

The Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) has announced that it will return to Germany in 2020, with Motorsport Arena Oschersleben to host a grand prix for the first time since 2004.

Since 1988, Germany has staged a leg of the series every year with the exception of 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019, and an agreement has now been reached for its return to the calendar.

The Motorsport Arena Oschersleben staged a WorldSBK grand prix from 2000 to 2004 and will be one of the 13 rounds on next year’s calendar.

Gregorio Lavilla, WorldSBK’s executive director of sporting and organisation departments, said: “I am very happy to see the FIM Superbike World Championship return to Oschersleben, it is a place I have fond memories of and some good results. This area of Germany is enthusiastic about motorcycle racing and providing the fans with a world-class spectacle such as WorldSBK is an honour.

“I look forward to the round in front of the German audience and can’t wait to see the racing action unfold in Germany for the first time in three years.”

Other German circuits that have hosted WorldSBK events in the past include the Hockenheimring, Nurburgring and Lausitzring.

The 2019 WorldSBK season concluded last month in Qatar, with Great Britain’s Jonathan Rea winning the championship for the fifth year in a row.