Motorcycle racing returns to Barbagallo Raceway

Western Australian venue granted MA track licence following two-year hiatus.

Image: Keith Muir.

Motorcycling Australia (MA) has announced that motorcycle racing is set to return to Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia this season, with the recent reinstatement of the circuit’s MA track licence permitting it to host motorcycle racing events effective 1 March.

After a two-year hiatus, MA has given the green light for motorcycle competition to take place at the venue after several upgrades were undertaken to improve track safety, including the addition of a brand-new chicane to the layout and the installation of air fence safety barriers at key points.

“This is great news for motorcyclists and motorcycle fans in Western Australia, who now have the opportunity to enjoy motorcycling at Barbagallo once again,” said Motorcycling WA’s CEO Joe McCarthy.

“We would like to thank all those who helped to facilitate motorcycling’s return to Barbagallo, including track operators the WA Sporting Car Club and MA. We would also like to acknowledge Minister for Sport and Recreation, The Hon. Mick Murray MLA and the Government of Western Australia for supporting our desire to bring motorcycling back to this fantastic facility.”

MA CEO Peter Doyle added: “It has been a long process, but we are happy to see a positive result. There have been a number of improvements made to the circuit recently and it will great to see racing return to Barbagallo.”

A former venue on the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) calendar, Barbagallo Raceway suspended motorcycle racing and activities in 2016 after the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) report indicated the venue was unfit to host motorcycle sports.

Motorcycle training was permitted at the circuit in 2018, with this last development closing a difficult two years for the sport and industry in Western Australia. An interclub event is scheduled for 10 March, marking the first road racing competition at Barbagallo since the Kings of Wanneroo in 2016.


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