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Donington loses out to Silverstone in 2002 WSB

Published: 22 July 2001

Updated: 19 November 2014

DONINGTON PARK, the venue for the inaugural World Superbike event back in 1988 and host to a yearly round of the series ever since, has lost its place on the series' calendar to rival track Silverstone for 2002.

The provisional dates for a 14-round series next year sees the traditional midlands race dropped for a first ever visit for the series to the Northamptionshire track.

The list of dates also includes a surprise addition of a race in France, at present only pencilled in during October, with no exact date or venue firmed up yet.

The change of venue for the (ex) Donington race has been mooted for some time and is likely to be welcomed by fans who have spent years pleading with the track to improve its facilities.

Two things still stand in the way of the Silverstone race getting final approval to stage its maiden WSB race: the track will need to be homologated to check it is up to standard – likely to be a formality for the circuit which stages the British Formula One GP – and the Monopolies and Mergers Commission needs to give the final go ahead to business group Octagon Motorsports to take over the running of all the Brands Hatch Leisure Group venues as well as Silverstone.

Provisional 2002 WSB dates:

March 10, Valencia, Spain

March 24, Phillip Island, Australia

April 7, Kyalami, South Africa

April 21, Sugo, Japan

May 12, Monza, Italy

May 26, Silverstone, UK

June 9, Lausitzring, Germany

June 30, Misano, Italy

July 14, Laguna Seca, USA

July 28, Brands Hatch, UK

September 1, Oschersleben, Germany

September 8, Assen, Holland

September 29 Imola, Italy

October, France

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