This year’s superbike nationals were cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, reduced from five to three rounds, but champions were still named and these riders will be hoping they can defend their titles over the four-round series that has now been set for the 2021 season.
It is uncertain if Kiwi internationals such as Damon Rees and Shane Richardson can return from the United Kingdom and complete a full Kiwi domestic season in 2021, or if 600cc supersport champion Richie Dibben can successfully make the jump to the 1000cc superbike class that he’d indicated he’d like to do at the start of this year, but these will be just a couple of the sidebar stories that may pop up in the coming months.
In the meantime, plans are also underway for the traditional three-round 2020 Suzuki International Series to take place throughout December (COVID-willing) and this typically offers clues as to where the NZSBK titles might go.
Suzuki International Series 2020:
Round one: December 6, 2020 – Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo;
Round two: December 13, 2020 – Circuit Chris Amon, Manfeild;
Round three: December 26, 2020 – Cemetery Circuit, Whanganui.
New Zealand Superbike Championships 2021:
Round One: January 9-10, 2021 – Mike Pero Motorsport Park (Ruapuna) Christchurch;
Round Two: January 16-17, 2021 – Levels International Raceway, Timaru;
Round Three: March 6-7, 2021 (to be confirmed) – Moto Fest, Hampton Down, North Waikato;
Round Four: March 13-14, 2021 – Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo.
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