South Africa is on the official calendar for the 2014 FIM World Superbike championship with the sole African round scheduled to be held at Phakisa Freeway in the Free State on October 19.
This race track near Welkom also hosted the championship back in 2002 when Valentino Rossi was one the racers to compete.
Anthony Lauter of GAS Sports, organiser of this event, said:“We have signed a Terms of Contract short-form agreement with Dorna, the WSBK Promoters, and will enter into a long-form agreement subject to certain conditions being met.
“We already have the blessing of the Free State Tourism Authority to use the circuit they own just outside Welkom. We still need to secure the necessary financial guarantees required by Dorna and the Phakisa Freeway must first pass an FIM circuit inspection.
“We’re confident we will meet these conditions in good time and are excited to be bringing this immensely popular motorcycle racing series back to South Africa. The race weekend programme will also include a round of the World Supersport championship and several top South African riders can be expected to be seen in action.”
Adrian Scholtz, CEO, operations, Motorsport SA, said: “MSA warmly welcomes the news that the FIM World Superbike championship will be returning to South Africa in 2014 and extends its congratulations and appreciation to the promoter, GAS Sports, for securing the event.
“It has been a few years since World championship motorsport was last seen on a South African race circuit and the event will be a welcome shot in the arm for local motorsport.”
Javier Alonso, WSBK executive director, added: “We are delighted to come back to South Africa at Phakisa Freeway, where we had very good experiences in the past. We are therefore confident about the success of the event bearing in mind the existing culture and passion for motorcycling in South Africa.
“We are planning to visit the circuit in the following days together with the FIM representatives to move forward with the homologation, contractual and event preparation procedures.”