BSB announce 2014 calendar

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Series organisers MSV have released the 2014 calendar for the MCE British Superbike championship, with the 12 round calendar similar to the current 2013 calendar.

Traditional features like the Cadwell 'party in the park' and the opening Bank Holiday weekend are joined by a trip to Assen for a flyaway Dutch round, and the series will open and close with trips to Kent at Brands Hatch.

One of the few changes is that the Thruxton round will move from early in the season to the middle of the summer, to allow the track to complete safety work requested by BSB.

Race director Stuart Higgs told MCN: "After Thruxton complete the safety works we've asked for, we want to give the ground as much time as possible to recover. We're also confined to the school holidays at the track, so no WSB at Silvertone meant the first weekend in August came free, and it worked out well."

The only other major change could come at the Scottish round at Knockhill, where the circuit organisers have asked for a safety assessment for the reverse direction, a configuration they have used for some Scottish events with great success.

"There's no preconceived ideas, but we'll go have a look at it. We have initial thoughts about it, but until we have a look we'll see what happens. We'll also involve Niall Mackenzie in that process, as obviously he has so much experience there."

2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship calendar
18/19/20/21 April           Brands Hatch Indy*       
3/4/5 May                      Oulton Park *
13/14/15 June                Snetterton 300 
27/28/29 June                Knockhill  
18/19/20 July                 Brands Hatch GP     
1/2/3 August                  Thruxton
8/9/10 August                Oulton Park (triple header)
23/24/25 August             Cadwell Park *             
5/6/7 September            Donington Park GP        
19/20/21 September       Assen  
3/4/5 October                Silverstone GP    
17/18/19 October           Brands Hatch GP (triple header) 

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Simon Patterson

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