News 17 Dec 2015

WorldSBK race one moved to Saturdays for 2016 season

Revamped schedule announced for next year's series.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

The Motul World Superbike Championship will take on a new structure in 2016, with the FIM and Dorna WorldSBK Organization (DWO) announcing that race one will be moved forward to Saturdays on race weekends.

Announced definitive timetable changes are aimed at creating a flexible time schedule for fan experiences to enjoy a more complete and exciting WorldSBK experience from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon.

In this new format, Saturday is aimed at offering increased fan attendance and especially the chance to feel the adrenaline of WorldSBK racing during the three-day event. In addition, organisers and sponsors will be able to offer an even bigger selection of special events and shows, allowing fans to enjoy both on- and off-track action in a way never previously possible.

These fundamental timetable changes will prove pivotal in getting WorldSBK fans closer to the action, both those in the grandstands and the millions watching live TV around the world. With more flexibility afforded to the schedule, the new time slots will ensure that each and every fan is able to enjoy the best of the WorldSBK paddock, either at the track or at home.

Free practice sessions and those timed for qualifying will now take place on Friday, an addition for 2016 will see also the FIM Supersport World Championship adopting the Superpole sessions format as like WorldSBK, which will take place on Saturday mornings before the lights go out for the first WorldSBK race in the afternoon.

Sunday morning will be dedicated to warm-up sessions, before WorldSSP and WorldSBK kick off the racing action for the second time over the weekend giving fans a further opportunity to experience one of the most exciting and exhilarating motorcycle racing championships in the world.

Check out for tickets to Australia’s 2016 FIM Motul Superbike World Championship, 26-28 February, at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit with a three-day General Admission pass at $115 per adult, Sunday only 80 per adult and kids 15 and under free.

To make your WorldSBK adventure super affordable, consider camping at the circuit for just $100 per person for four nights – with kids 15 and under free when accompanied by a paying adult. The circuit campground is situated above Southern Loop with views across the circuit to Bass Strait. For further information visit