ONE of the biggest events in Knockhill Racing Circuit's annual calendar will not take place in 2020, it has been confirmed.

Track bosses have announced that the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, which had originally been scheduled to roar into West Fife over July 10-12, has been cancelled.

The competition's organiser, MSVR (MotorSport Vision Racing) released an updated calendar today (Wednesday) for this year, featuring six triple-header events, totalling 18 championship rounds.

It is set to begin in August, at Donnington Park, but with nine fewer races taking place in the revised season, it means that Knockhill will not host any superbikes until 2021.

Jillian Shedden, Knockhill's managing director, explained: "It's with a heavy heart that today we announce the cancellation of the Bennetts British Superbike (BSB) event at Knockhill, set for 10-12 July this year.

"Despite the disappointment of not hosting a BSB event this year, we'll be working harder than ever to ensure 2021 is a roaring success.

"In terms of other events at Knockhill, we're working hard behind the scenes to arrange a calendar of events, whilst taking on board all the latest government advice, to ensure we see some form of motorsport at Knockhill this year."

The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship is still scheduled to run at the circuit on August 29-30, and Shedden added: "At the moment, we are very hopeful that a crowd will be permitted and we are liaising weekly with Government agencies to keep abreast of the latest guidelines.

"It's unfortunately too early for any authority to confirm a maximum crowd size for the event, however, we expect this information to become clearer in the next month."

Stuart Higgs, Bennetts British Superbike Championship series director, added: "To reach the position of announcing a provisional calendar is a big step forward.

"Naturally, we are very disappointed that several of the traditional circuits have had to be omitted, which has been as a result of very detailed assessments of the operational, logistical and economic consequences pertinent to all circuits arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The firm message though is that we look forward to a full array of circuits returning in 2021."

Knockhill added that ticket-holders for the event will be contacted soon to either request a refund or transfer their tickets to the 2021 event.