Palmer fumes after Superbike snub

The man who runs the Brands Hatch circuit has hit out at the company behind the World Superbike Championship after the Kent venue was left off the provisional calendar for next year.

Jonathan Palmer, chief executive of Motor Sport Vision, plans to run a special one-off event in August to make up for the loss of a World Superbike round.

Series owners FG Sport and MSV have failed to agree over a fee for hosting the event and world motorcycle sport body the FIM has left Brands off the provisional race calendar for 2009.

“It’s disappointing not to have Brands Hatch on the provisional WSB calendar for next year,” Palmer told MCN.

“With it being a provisional calendar we’re not sure if there is further scope for that to change, but we guess not – we have to assume there will be no World Superbikes at Brands Hatch next year.

“All circuits have to pay a substantial fee to have major events come to their track.

“FG Sport’s business is to make as much money as they can from the circuits - that’s there job. Our job is to pay as little as possible.

“In 2009 FG Sport expected us to pay twice as much as this year to have the event next year and we cannot see it being viable.

“We’ve had discussions over the last several months and weeks and we’ve offered to raise the fee but won’t go any higher – that fee is clearly not enough so there will not be a WSB event at Brands in 2009.

“If we’d had matched the price FG Sport wanted we would have had to add an extra £15 (€19.31) to the cost of raceday tickets.

“In the current climate that’s just not acceptable for the fans.”

Palmer is planning a replacement event if he cannot come to an agreement with FG Sport.

“We’ve been well aware of the situation developing after the ongoing discussions. We’ve planned a substitute event around the same time.”

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