After having no round for two years Germany will return to the WSBK fold in 2016, after championships organisers Dorna WSBK Organisation (DWO) signed a three-year deal with the former WSBK venue in the far east of Germany.
Surprisingly the date has already been released, with race weekend taking place on the 18th of September.
Sachsenring was originally the main target for Dorna in Germany but a lack of agreement between the parties at the current German MotoGP venue meant that Lausitz came back into the running.
EuroSpeedway Laustiz (known more often as the Lausitzring) has held five WSB rounds in the past, between 2001 and 2002, then again from 2005 to 2007. Colin Edwards, Tory Bayliss, Chris Vermeulen, Lorenzo Lanzi, Yukio Kagayama and Noriyuki Haga have all won races there, on machines as varied as Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Ducati.
Daniel Carrera, WSBK Championship Director, said abut the return to Germany,¨We are extremely proud to have worked hard with the Lausitzring to bring back WorldSBK to the German market, a venue that has always shown great interest to the FIM Superbike World Championship and to motorcycle racing in general. A three-year agreement helps both parties to plan the future editions with renewed confidence, allowing us to do our best to make the German Round one the best and most enjoyable events on the calendar for fans, riders and teams.”
Josef Meier, CEO Lausitzring, stated, ¨We are delighted to welcome the ‚FIM Superbike World Championship‘ back to Lausitzring from September 16th to 18th 2016 after two years without a German Round. The Superbike World Championship offers the highest level of motorcycle racing and will ensure hard duels and exciting races to our German and European fans. And it will be a good chance for our region to present the ‘Lusatian Lakeland’, the largest landscape of artificial lakes in Europe surrounding the Lausitzring, to worldwide audiences.”