Silverstone WSB race to go ahead

No word on 2014 and beyond, though

SILVERSTONE has confirmed that it will host this year’s British round of the FIM Superbike World Championship on 2-4 August.

The circuit and Dornahad been in discussions regarding the long term future of two-wheel international events at the Northamptonshire venue, and there was speculation that the 2013 round may be cancelled.

Richard Phillips, MD of Silverstone Circuits Limited, said: 'In late 2009, when Donington Park’s previous management group went into administration, Silverstone stepped in to support the SBK Championship, agreeing a four-year deal to host the British round of World Superbikes.

'Since then we have proudly hosted MotoGP, World Superbikes and British Superbikes - the three most prestigious motorcycle racing events in the UK - and have made significant investment to provide bike fans with a fantastic on-event experience. Views around the circuit have been drastically improved, fans can now get much closer to the track and our off-track entertainment creates a real festival atmosphere around the venue.

'Recent speculation suggested it would have been a ‘bitter blow’ for British race fans if this year’s Silverstone round had been cancelled. Well, it is definitely going ahead; tickets are on sale; and hopefully even more fans will vote with their feet and support the British riders, both here at Silverstone and at Donington.'

The 2013 race is the last of the current four-year deal between Silverstone and Dorna.