India's Buddh International Circuit is set to host the World Superbike Championship race in the year 2017.
While there is no guarantee Formula 1 will return to India, according to Jaypee Sports International chief Sameer Gaur, the two-wheeler championship will make its debut at BIC in 2017.
“We have signed the contract with WSBK for the race in 2017. We are contractually bound to host the race,” Gaur told Press Trust of India.
BIC was to host the WSBK race in 2013 and 2014 season but it was cancelled due to ‘operational challenges.’
India needs to host big ticket events
Since losing the F1 race, the USD 400 million facility at Greater Noida has been hosting India’s domestic races but it has failed to tap the International events due to ‘tax hurdles.’
“We have made such a huge facility, invested so much in it, obviously to have International races,” said Gaur.
“I am not only talking about F1, I am talking about other championships too."
"As a private developer, we understand that we need to do lots of events to keep the facility going,” he added.
When asked if BIC will host more International races in the coming years, Gaur was cautious in response.
“As of now, we are only thinking about WSBK and F1 will return when the tax issue is settled.”
“Apart from that, the usual domestic events will continue to take place,” he concluded.
WSBK’s commercial rights holder Dorna Sports is yet to officially confirm the race.