MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR), the series owner and promotor of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, has today announced the extended suspension of BSB 2020 until the end of June 2020, which therefore includes the postponement of round four, due to be held 19-21 June at Snetterton.
The decision was taken by the MCRCB (Motorcycle Circuit Racing Control Board), the controlling body of British and National level motorcycle circuit racing, who, following the latest Government updates surrounding the global Coronavirus pandemic, have extended the suspension of permits which authorise BSB events “until at least 30th June.”
In a statement released by MSVR, the revised BSB 2020 calendar is expected ‘in the first week of June’. It reads, ‘A new provisional Bennetts BSB calendar has been drafted, taking into account the roadmap of the Government’s phased reopening of activities. This has been undertaken in consultation with the teams, broadcasters and circuits in order to provide the best conditions for a credible, competitive and sustainable BSB Championship in 2020 and beyond.’
BSB teams had been able to participate in the two official pre-season tests at Monteblanco and Jerez in Spain as well as their own private tests but the once the lockdown was announced on 23rd March, the season’s first UK test at Silverstone due on 1st April and the first round at Silverstone (10-12 April) were soon cancelled and postponed respectively. Rounds two and three at Oulton Park and Donington Park soon followed but the break in the calendar allowing for racers who also competed in the road raced at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT at least allowed more time to get the season back on track.
BSB Race Director, Stuart Higgs, told BikeSocial in a recent episode of Torqueing Heads, “The calendar is scheduled to end on 18th October. We could probably go one weekend further into October but we’d lose an hour of light on the Saturday night over that weekend with daylight savings. We wouldn’t count on going into November, that is too late. There’s a balance to be struck, we want to do something credible for the remainder of the year during the active period we can operate in but we don’t want to massively overload it so it actually compromises season ’21. This is going to be a delicate walk, everyone is bruised by this (COVID-19).”