Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit is celebrating a new contract with Infront Motor Sports with the return of the FIM Superbike World Championship.
The series will return to the Leicestershire circuit in a three-year deal for the European round of the championship in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Donington Park hosted the very first round of the FIM Superbike World Championship on 3 April 1988 promoted by the circuit’s founder Tom Wheatcroft, when the two races were won by Davide Tardozzi (Bimota) and Marco Lucchinelli (Ducati).
It last ran on 28 June 2009 when Ben Spies (Yamaha) won both races.
Kevin Wheatcroft, chairman of the re-instated Donington Park Racing Limited, is delighted to re-establish Donington Park as a world motorcycle venue.
“It was always my father’s dream and since his death at the end of last year,” he said. “I always wanted to provide a world class event in his memory.”
Paolo Flammini, CEO of Infront Motor Sports, official promoter of the FIM Superbike World Championship, is pleased as well.
“We are extremely pleased to bring SBK back to Donington Park for the European round of the championship,” Flammini said.
“The Leicestershire circuit is where the championship began its history 23 years ago and has hosted many successful rounds of our series over the years.
“Thanks to the presence of many competitive British riders both in the Superbike and Supersport classes, we are sure that the 2011 event will attract many fans and will be a huge success.”
The circuit will host the 2011 WSBK European round on 25-27 March.