The 2018 World Superbike race calendar has been provisionally released by Dorna and the FIM. The arrival of an Argentinean event, in addition to the return of Czech Republic race in Brno, has been confirmed. They take the places of Lausitzring and Jerez for next year.
As predicted earlier, the El Villicum circuit in Argentina will make its World Superbike debut as the penultimate round between 12 and 14 October before the regular season finale in Qatar. The provisional 2018 calendar was released at the Losail International Circuit ahead of the final round of this year’s championship.
After getting dropped in 2012, Brno returns from next year with the series making do with its total of 13 rounds as the deals with Lausitzring and Jerez to host races have expired.
Donington Park will contest the British round and it could also host the British MotoGP round as well. Apart from the inclusion of two new races, the other significant change in the calendar is Laguna Seca being pushed forward to 22-24 June) and it will trade places with Misano on 6-8 July.
The Misano round will mark a lengthy 10-week summer break with action resuming at Portimao (14-16 September) and Magny-Cours (28-30 September), with the French circuit hosting the season finale of the World Supersport 300 and European Superstock 1000 championships.
World Superbike and World Supersport seasons will begin at Phillip Island (23-25 February) and the Chang International Circuit before being joined by the support classes in Aragon. There will also be two official tests with a pre-season test at Phillip Island on the 19-20 February plus an in-season test at Portimao.