Posted: 02 Dec 2013
When the 2014 World Superbike calendar was revealed last Friday there was disappointment among fans that the iconic Autodromo Nazionale Monza was not included. However, a statement release by Superbike organisers today suggests it may not be a permanent arrangement.
Monza was first introduced to the World Superbike calendar in 1989 and has hosted a whopping twenty-two rounds of the championship since. However World Superbike organisers, Dorna have opted not to return to the circuit in 2014 after numerous safety concerns raised over the past few years.
The circuit has seen its fair share of nasty accidents, including many a pile-up at the notorious first corner chicane. 2013 at the Italian circuit was drama filled, starting with a pile up at the beginning of the Superstock 1000 race bringing out the red flag. The Supersport race had to be started four times, with each of the first three attempts cut short after a handful of laps due to numerous incidents.
Monza bosses are keen for the championship to return and have with Dorna to schedule an inspection of the circuit before the end of the year to highlight any areas which may need modification in order to receive approval from the FIM with a goal of the Italian venue returning to the calendar by 2015.