RKB-F1 Sidecar Racing plans under constant review in the face of Coronavirus pandemic

RKB-F1 Sidecar Racing plans under constant review in the face of Coronavirus pandemic

RKB-F1 Sidecar Racing plans under constant review in the face of Coronavirus pandemic

One month down the road from our last update, the global Coronavirus situation is still wreaking havoc in the sporting world.

We, the sidecar racing fraternity are every bit as much affected as all other branches on motor sport, and indeed any event where people congregate in large numbers.

Much of the world, and almost every single European country has been locked down since early March in an effort to stop the spread of the disease, and restore some normality to our daily lives.

There are however, green shoots of hope and improvement showing in some of those countries who were either quick to respond initially, or now think the worst is behind them.

But, there can be no illusion that the road back to complete normality will be a long one, and there is no “silver bullet” or miracle cure for what we are going through. Until a vaccine against this silent assassin is developed and made widely available, the social distancing measures, and prohibition of large gatherings will be maintained. That fact alone casts a long shadow over plans for any sporting events involving spectators.

We within RKB-F1 are in almost daily contact with our eager organisers and circuit owners to bring you the planned schedule for both British and FIM Worlds rounds in 2020. But, until all countries publish their plans for emergence out of this crisis, any firm commitments are impossible to make. 2020 is still a season which promised much for all of us, and it is a cruel twist of fate which has robbed us thus far of any racing.

But this is a situation reaching far beyond our world of sidecar racing. Many lives have been lost, and will continue to be lost until this virus can be brought under control. The world is at a standstill, and we can only hope and pray, that normality, albeit a new form of normality, will be restored soon.

We are intent on delivering two forms of Championships for this year, and those efforts are being tirelessly pursued by the RKB-F1 team.

In the meantime, we are certainly in good shape for 2021, as we have developed good relationships with our new overseas circuit partners, and our contact with MSVR and the BSB world is now well and truly cemented.

Please rest assured we will bring you any firm news once we have it, but in the meantime, stay safe and keep smiling. We WILL be back at the very earliest opportunity.

FIM Sidecar: Latest calendar update FIM Sidecar World Championship

FIM Sidecar: Latest calendar update FIM Sidecar World Championship

FIM Sidecar: Latest calendar update FIM Sidecar World Championship

The ongoing and fast-moving situation with COVID-19 and the way it is impacting on global sport has us all on our toes.

The RKB-F1/Santander Salt organisational team, along with the FIM, is working frantically behind the scenes to try and deliver the promised new-look FIM World Championship.

A crystal ball would be a wonderful attribute at this time, but in the absence of such a valuable insight into the future, it really is an impossible task to predict just when this situation will improve.

One thing is certain, any races scheduled later in the year will seriously compress all dates, and place enormous pressure on teams and organisers.

For that reason, and bearing in mind the other dates towards the end of the year, the decision has been made to take Assen, originally scheduled for late September, out of the equation.

The Assen round will therefore not take place, and thus reduces the full list of scheduled rounds to seven.

We can only watch and wait as to when things will improve, but rest assured they will improve. Let us all hope that by the end of May, we have clear sight into the future, and can see The Pannoniaring in Hungary on the horizon.

The situation is under constant review, and all at Santander Salt and RKB-F1 Motorsport continue to wish you and your families a safe passage through this difficult time.

Revised dates are as follows:

27-28 June Pannoniaring Hungary
25-26 July Brands Hatch UK
29-30 August Le Mans France
4-6 September Rijeka Croatia
3-4 October Oschersleben Germany
17-18 October Lausitzring Germany
24-25 October Estoril Portugal

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