Dampener: Indian Round of World Superbike Championship Cancelled!

Earlier this month, the Buddh International Circuit received a setback when the Indian Grand Prix was dropped from next year’s calendar. Though the five year contract with FIA still stood unterminated, the FIA authorities didn’t mince words when it came to expression of disappointment regarding the various uncertainties that were gripping the process.

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In another blow to India’s Racing Arena, the debut of the Indian WSB round has been swept aside from the 2013 calendar. It was scheduled to be held at the end of the season on 17th November. While official statements speak of the race being cancelled due to safety reasons, there is a more-than-slim probability of India’s ubiquitous business unease having influenced the decision. This is what we heard from FIM :

Owing to operational challenges, Jaypee Sports International Ltd (JPSI) and Dorna World SBK Organization (DWO) have decided to cancel the 2013 WSBK Indian Round that was scheduled to be held at Buddh International Circuit (BIC) on 17 November 2013.

Significant logistical and financial problems had been dogging the event from the word go. It was actually planned that the event will be held in March for the first time. But customs regulations turned out to be more time-consuming than expected. Another hurdle that affected the event was an insufficient period of time to commence the training of the marshals and the medical staff. Hence, the event was pushed to the last round in November.


JPSI, the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) and Indian Motorsport Marshals Club (IMMC) should get their task back on track for the Indian WSB Round that will be held in 2015. Unfortunately, there won’t be any Indian event for the 2014 calendar. FMSCI President is hopeful of a way out of this conundrum. He mentioned that JSPI is indeed interested in a future race and they are looking forward to settle things with DWO to ensure Indian fanatics get a dose of high-speed action.

Source : Visordown