The Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli (ASBK) is excited to announce an enormous step forward for road racing in the Asia Pacific region in 2018. The FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) will head down under for an inaugural Australian round. The ARRC and ASBK will join forces at the newly created and amazing, The Bend Motorsport Park on 19-22 April for round three of ASBK.
This is a great development for ASBK and shows the championship is on the rise and is grabbing attention from all over the world. Motorcycling Australia (MA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Doyle couldn’t be happier with the expansion of the championship and knows just how much work has gone in to bring ARRC to our shores.
“Bringing the ARRC to Australia is something that has been in MA’s plans since 2014 and to finally get them is a huge boost for our ASBK championship. A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes and this has just topped off what was a great 2017 season for ASBK as we reached new levels with audiences via attendance, Television and live streaming.”
Former World Superbike Champion and ASBK ambassador Troy Bayliss echoed MA CEO Peter Doyle’s positivity about ARRC joining ASBK in South Australia.
“Having Australia join the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship will provide another pathway for Australian riders to compete at an international level which is fantastic for the development of the sport.”
MA aren’t the only ones over the moon about ASBK and ARRC coming together, South Australian Tourism Minister Leon Bignell has branded the round three race meeting an Australasian moto extravaganza.
“When you combine ARRC with a round of the Australian Superbike Championship it creates a 4-day Australasian moto extravaganza that is expected to attract more than 30,000 people to the Murraylands tourism region and inject over $7 million into the South Australian economy.”
The event will be staged on the newly constructed state-of-the-art, world class 4.9 kilometre International Circuit with 18 turns that has been constructed to international FIM Category A standards.
“I am super-excited to finally be able to compete in Australia’s premier national superbike championship (ASBK) in front of a home crowd at The Bend Motorsport Park,” said local South Australian ASBK young-gun Daniel Falzon.
The inaugural event to takes place on 19-22 April 2018. Tickets will go on sale on 12 December through thebend.com.au.
Photo Courtesy of Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) and The Bend Motorsport Park