The Superbike World Championship will not open at the TT Circuit of Assen this season. The motorsport event has been rescheduled for three months, from April 23-25 to July 23-25. Assen is the fifth round of the championship on the adjusted calendar.
The TT Circuit follows the guidelines of the safety region, which stipulate that no large-scale public events may take place in Drenthe until 1 June due to the corona pandemic. Since promoter Dorna values the presence of spectators, the decision to reschedule the Superbike World Championship was quickly made.
“We do not yet know what the situation will be in July. We would prefer to organize the event, like the TT, ‘full house’, but depend on national policy,” said a spokesman for the circuit.
The Assen TT was canceled last year and is scheduled for June 25-27. “The 37,000 tickets we had already sold are valid for the upcoming edition. But we cannot know at this point whether the guidelines will have been relaxed and public is allowed by then.”
The season in the World Superbike Championship now starts from 7-9 May in Estoril, Portugal. Michael van der Mark is the only Dutchman in the heavy engine class. The Rotterdammer finished fifth last season, in his last year in the Yamaha factory team. Next season he will be racing a BMW.