The Indian round of World Superbikes has been officially canceled. Today, the FIM officially announced that the event, scheduled to be held at the Buddh International Circuit on 17th of November, has been called off due to 'operating challenges'. The FIM press release holds open the possibiity that the race could be on the calendar again at a later date, though the press release speaks of 2015, rather than next year.
The cancellation had been rumored for some time. The Indian WSBK round had already been rescheduled, moved from being the second race on the calendar, taking place a month after Phillip Island, to being the final event on the 2013 calendar. But continuing logistical challenges, focused on the difficulties in getting bikes and equipment in and out of India for the race and dealing with the associated cost and bureaucracy, made it increasingly unlikely that the race would take place. The press release, though it speaks only of 'operational challenges', also makes explicit mention of the training of marshals. It appears that the organizer Jaypee Sports and the Motor Sports Clubs of India were unable to train enough marshals in time for the event. Training will continue to rectify this situation, as the circuit hosts national championships for both four and two-wheeled series.
The Indian round of World Superbikes looks increasingly likely to be canceled. Rising costs and logistical problems mean that it is becoming increasingly difficult for the Indian World Superbike round, scheduled for the 17th November this year at the Buddh International Circuit to go ahead.
There have been rumblings about the WSBK round for months now, but at Silverstone, the issue became ever more pressing. A report appeared on German-language website Speedweek, and several paddock sources confirmed to MotoMatters.com the problems the Indian race posed, and that their preference was for the entire event to be canceled.
Silverstone is a fast, flat track with only one slow corner worth writing home about. The fact it’s at the top of a hill, like most airfield tracks, means that the weather can change fairly quickly and the size of the track means that each end can have its own weather. Couple this with the ripples and bumps caused by the formula one and other cars pushing the tarmac into the corners under braking and you have a unique track. What was forecast earlier in the week, a dry Sunday, was thrown away when bikes hit tarmac and the weather did its thing. We also learned the difference between waved white flags, there is rain somewhere on the track, and stationary white flags with a red cross from corner to corner, it's raining right here.
Press releases from the series organizers, World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Sunday's incident-packed races at Silverstone:
World Supersport at Silverstone was raced over sixteen laps under a grey sky with marshals keeping their rain flags handy.
Silverstone weather wasn’t as clear as was hoped, with the earlier Superstock race cut short by a lap for the rain. The start was delayed in an attempt to let the track conditions to clear up, but they eventually, twenty minutes later than advertised, had to race.
Press releases from the series organizers and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after a rain-affected qualifying at Silverstone:
The FIM rulebook was once again brought in to deal with the weather that hit Superpole. Wet sessions are easy and dry sessions are easy. Superpoles where the weather changes between sessions are easy. What happened today was that rain arrived in the middle of Superpole 3 and that’s where section 1.16.3 “Specific weather conditions during Superpole” comes into play.
The rules when a dry session is interrupted by a red flag for rain state that there is a ten minute break and that the nine remaining riders then take part in a twenty minute wet session. What the rules don’t state explicitly is that the red flagged session is invalidated. What the rules also don’t clarify is that the astounding pole position record-breaking lap never hits the record books. While these two cases aren’t stated, they are both implemented, much to the dismay of riders and fans.
The weather held off from disrupting the World Supersport qualifying and allowed the lap record to tumble.
Sam Lowes ended the free practice session fastest while Kenan Sofuoglu failed to go faster than his best time from yesterday. This is the first session of the weekend where Lowes has been faster than Sofuoglu, but if weather slows the second qualifying session down, Sofuoglu is still sitting in provisional pole. Florian Marino was able to record a couple of laps at the pace of his fastest, while Jack Kennedy and Michael Van Der Mark only registered a single 2'09 each. Lowes and Sofuoglu had ten and eleven laps under the 2'10 mark respectively, to put that into perspective.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice at Silverstone:
Kenan Sofuoglu continued to set the pace ahead of Sam Lowes in a session split by a red flag for spilled oil. Both front-runners are in good provisional positions if the British weather affects the final qualifying tomorrow, as has been suggested.