The World Superbike Championship will continue to race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the 2018 season, after circuit bosses and championship owners Dorna extended their deal by a year.

The world’s premier production-based bike racing series first visited the iconic Laguna Seca in 1995 and, after a 10-year hiatus between 2004 and 2013, the circuit has been the permanent home of the US round since 2014.

Traditionally bringing the curtain down on the first half of the season for the Superbike class, next year’s US round is set to take place on June 22-24.

“We are thrilled to welcome the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship back for 2018,” the circuit’s general manager Gill Campbell said.

“It is an honour to be the only track in the United States to host the international series that features some of the best road course racers on two wheels from around the world.

“Fans who flock to the Monterey Peninsula every year clearly have a passion for the great racing they provide.”

WorldSBK executive director Daniel Carrera believes Laguna Seca provides the best setting for the American round of the series, and looks forward to returning to a track always brimming with enthusiasm for motorcycle racing.

“The American WorldSBK round is always a popular one, and there is no circuit more fitting than Laguna Seca to host it,” Carrera said.

“We are thrilled to return to Laguna, it feels like WorldSBK’s American home and we look forward to another successful event there.

“Going to a circuit as passionate about racing as we are is very important, so to share the same passion makes for a fantastic weekend.

“We look forward to returning to California in 2018.”

No draft calendar for the 2018 season has been released yet, with one expected once the season has concluded in Qatar at the beginning of next month.

WorldSBK is set to welcome its first South American venue next year when it heads to the under-construction El Villicum circuit in San Juan, Argentina.

It is thought the Argentine race will be scheduled alongside the American round. During the Magny-Cours weekend, possible rounds in China and Northern Ireland were touted for a potential 2019 slot.

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