WorldSBK selects Jerez to replace Argentina for season finale

October race moved due to ‘intense electoral calendar faced by the country’.

The World Superbike Championship (WorldSBK) will race in Jerez for its 2023 season finale.

Confirmed:

  • Jerez to host WorldSBK for first time since 2021
  • Original finale in Argentina cancelled due to ‘intense electoral calendar faced by the country’

Context: With the close proximity of upcoming national and provincial elections, WorldSBK promoter Dorna Sports took the decision to suspend the event at the San Juan Villicum circuit. The round was also scheduled on the eve of a government transition in the province.

Comment: Gregorio Lavilla, executive director of WorldSBK, said: “We are delighted to bring the WorldSBK championship back to its roots at the legendary Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto for the final round of the 2023 season. Jerez holds a special place in the history of our sport, and it is only fitting that we conclude this remarkable season at a venue with such rich heritage. We look forward to witnessing the fierce competition and celebrating the sport's legacy with the passionate fans in Andalusia.”

Consequence: This was likely a very simple conversation for Dorna Sports, as chief executive Carmelo Ezpeleta recently sat down with circuit organisers to agree a two-year contract extension for MotoGP to race at Jerez. That deal included the option of a WorldSBK event and this option has been seized upon with the series in need of a destination for its season finale.

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