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Revised 2020 ASBK Calendar

2020 ASBK Calendar

  • ROUND 1 – WSBK – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC: 27 Feb – 1 March
  • ROUND 2 – Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn NSW: 16 – 18 October
  • ROUND 3 – Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla VIC: 6-8 November
  • ROUND 4 – International MotoFest The Bend, SA: 20 – 22 November
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M.A. Statement

The ASBK Management Team can advise the 2020 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) calendar has been revised following latest developments of the COVID-19 State Government restrictions announced in Queensland, NSW and Victoria, with the ASBK Championship now being reduced to three remaining rounds in 2020.

It has been a very difficult decision for the ASBK Management Team, but we must respond to these COVID-19 circumstances which are beyond our control. These are challenging times for all national sporting championships, and each decision is influenced by many factors in addition to COVID-19 restrictions, including championship locations, budgets and agreements to be considered.

As a result, we advise that the ASBK round planned at Winton Motor Raceway in September will now be postponed until 6 – 8 November, and will replace the Morgan Park Raceway, QLD round.

While the Phillip Island round, scheduled for 2 – 4 October has also been cancelled for 2020.

The Wakefield Park round will remain on the ASBK calendar on 16 – 18 October, as will the final round of the 2020 ASBK Championship at The Bend Motorsport Park, South Australia on 20-22 November.

The ASBK Management Team has worked tirelessly in the last 72 hours to review the 2020 calendar as new State Government restrictions have been announced, communicating closely with circuits to ensure that a revised 2020 mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul, can proceed for the ASBK teams, sponsors and fans, when restrictions are lifted.

We are pleased to have hosted an exciting first round of 2020 at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, and we look forward to returning in 2021. Further thanks to the Motorcycle Sportsmen of Qld for their understanding and support in these unprecedent times.

The ability to welcome spectators at future ASBK rounds will be reviewed closer to each round and assessed on a state by state basis.

We understand that the ASBK paddock will be frustrated by further changes and delays to the 2020 championship during this challenging environment. The ASBK Management Team also shares this sentiment, however we ask the ASBK paddock for their understanding as MA & ASBK remain committed to conducting the best possible ASBK Championship this year.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Talking ASBK and BMW with Shane Kinderis – A deep dive…

NextGen Motorsports BMW Interview

Trev chats with NextGen BMW tech guru Shane Kinderis

Images by Russell Colvin

Trevor Hedge, MCNews.com.au: How’s it been going with your recent tests and the St George Club racing in NSW recently?

Shane Kinderis: “Really good, obviously we’ve been up there doing a little bit of testing and things and I think we’ve come a long way from where we were. The bike is night and day better than anything we’ve had before, and I am so disappointed we’re not racing as I think we’ve got something that we are really excited to race.”

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Trev: You said you had some software updates recently, to get independent control of the throttle bodies?

Shane: “The software update came through and we were on our way – literally loading the trailer for Winton to go testing – and it came up on my computer that there was a new software update available, this was four weeks, five weeks ago so when we did a couple of Winton tests, we put that in the bike when we were at the test. So we did Winton, we’d been there previously using the combined throttles, so I said let’s throw it on and test it. Glen said, ‘Ah nah, they never work’, he pretty much hated the previous versions of the split throttles, and the beauty of it now we’ve got different maps, different modes, and Glenn can jump from split throttle to combined throttles on the fly. So he pushed the button and you could hear it, all of a sudden it sounded more like a crossplane crank Yamaha out on the racetrack, especially at Winton, he came back in and said holy shit what have you done. That is unbelievable.  (Split throttles means that the ECU is working the throttle bodies independent of each other with different openings rather than as a matched set)

“So we spent the day working on it and we just went faster and faster and faster. I think we dropped in to the high 1m20s at the end. It was just a winters day, nothing special in the track conditions, and he was picking up the throttle that early in the last corner I just kept waiting him to run fair straight into the fence. It just frightened me how easily he could pick it up. Normally you hear them when they pick it up, and they’ve apexed already, but he’s starting to pick it up before the apex and you can hear the thing just dropping onto two cylinders, powers along, and then as soon as it starts to come upright, two, three, four, and away it goes. Between two and four it also spark cuts, it sounds real rugged. It’s hard to explain, but it sounds like a proper World Superbike.

“It’s just that software, obviously the dribble down from WSBK to us took longer than we thought. But getting access to what they have has always been a BMW thing. Whatever they have you can buy, anybody can buy it, there’s no secrets, if you want a factory engine they’ll sell you a factory engine. If you want anything from the factory they’ll sell it to you. For our land speed project in America I asked them for the best engine you guys can put together. I wanted the bottom end out of the original Troy Corser era engine, the 2010, the one that had a million horsepower and was un-ridable, I wanted that cylinder head, that camshaft, but I needed a custom gearbox, with extra long gears, custom primary gear sets, so we could run 270 odd mile an hour. ‘Yea no worries, here’s the invoice, you pay you can have it,’ they said.

“So they are really good, their technology is…. I’m fortunate enough to have a good working relationship with Mark Bongers (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director) and Peter Lauche (BMW WorldSBK Electronics Engineer) who does all the electronics, so I know those guys and that helps being able to ring up. We’ve had a few debates over the split throttles and that previously, but as I said, I think something got misread there and it’s been fixed now in this latest update.

NextGen Motorsports BMW S 1000 RR – Shane Kinderis (L), mechanic Brad Lewis (R)

Trev: “If he’s getting on the throttle that early and it is driving so smoothly, that must be half the work of the shock set-up done for you in one fell swoop…?”

Shane: “We started the year at Phillip Island, we raced on a 5.2 kg spring and that’s crazy. We’re now hovering between 6.8 and 7 kg, that’s how far away we are from where we were.

NextGen Motorsports BMW S 1000 RR

Trev: And I know Glenn hasn’t eaten a lot of pies in the plague lay-off as Brookesy told me that Glenn is fit as, and pumping plenty of power through the bicycle?

Shane: “*Laughs* “While we struggled at Phillip Island, one lap was incredible, we did 32.7 in that one lap in qualifying, and that was on the old tyre from the first practice session. We never got to put a zero in it because we couldn’t get the axle in, the brake pads fell out, all that shit didn’t go our way. But it was really good for one to two laps, and then it would fall off a cliff and we couldn’t put a finger on why. We just weren’t pushing the tyre hard enough into the ground, it was just spinning. Because we were the only people using stock links, the WSBK data was no good to us, and the WSBK guys were in our pits trying to help, but none of those guys use the stock stuff that we have to use in ASBK. You can buy a kit link that will fix all your problems, but we can’t use it.

“And Glenn and I butt heads now and then, ‘Why don’t we just put a link it to try’ he asks, but we can’t race with one… But after last week I said I’d probably buy a kit link and we’ll map it, and get some data off it, and run two bikes back to back, until we can simulate the kit links, shock travel and stuff like that.

“Because the big issue is the stock bike was designed for electronic suspension. The only way you can make electronic suspension work is to have a long shaft travel stroke, to give the electronics time to react. So this has a link ratio that is so far away from any other superbike that it’s not funny, so nothing convetional set-up wise works. So that’s why you run around with 5 kg springs in it. Now we have a bit more of a handle on it, we’re up to 6.8 or 7 kilo spring now the bike is so much better behaved, we may as well have started all our development four weeks ago because it is pretty much starting all over again from a new base.”

NextGen Motorsports BMW S 1000 RR

Trev: There’s been a few man-hours spent….?

Shane: “Yea, so much time and anguish and we’ve looked stupid. It wasn’t for lack of trying, we worked so hard to get the thing to be competitive, but we couldn’t get it to do what we wanted to do. But now it’s a different story. We’re happy, we started to get an idea at the Wakefield test, but that was on the combined throttles. We started going that way on the suspension geometry at the Wakefield test, so that chassis geometry, we figured out a direction where the bike was starting to work. And we definitely need to get back to Wakefield, with the split-throttles, you can pick the throttle up anywhere, and that’s a big thing at Wakefield, being able to get on the throttle. So we’re excited to get back and doing those sort of tracks again, and especially Phillip Island. You know at Phillip Island you always go up a spring rate because of the g-forces, and we are 35 per cent stiffer than we were at Phillip Island. So it’s going to be night and day as to what it’s capable of doing. Let’s hope we can get to go racing.”

NextGen Motorsports BMW S 1000 RR

Trev: We’ve been talking so much about electronics development, what’s your thoughts with the M.A. canvassing the introduction of a control ECU, and on the current battle between Wayne wanting to run a MoTeC ECU on the V4 R, but M.A. trying to prevent that from happening?

Shane: “It’s one of those things, the computer is only as good as the guys operating it. And I think for an even field, a kit ECU gives all the punters the chance, because the software – the factory kits aren’t that complicated – ours are more complicated than most. In this day and age of flashing ECUs, and there’s so many different ways, Flash Tune out of America, I can do it myself, I know what I can do with an ECU, but joe punter has no chance, nothing. You go to a control ECU and he will.

“We go back to 2001 or 2002, with everyone running MoTeCs back then, because there was no kit ECUs. We all had 10k MoTeC ECUs on our bikes. Now it would cost $8000 to have a MoTeC specced out the way you want it. I was going to have one for our turbo bike for land speed racing, I was going to put a M150 MoTeC in it, but the whole BMW electronics package is 1500 bucks.

“As for Wayne and the Ducati, I now know why Wayne was struggling, because there was an issue there more so with the trickle down from Ducati, not going to him directly, there was some politics in there. Which isn’t fair, because if you have a kit ECU, everyone should be able to have that. I agree with Wayne 100 per cent, he should have been able to have what Mike had access to at Round One. 

“For MA though to say yes, you can run a MoTeC, it’s just a big can of worms. I’ll happily run MoTeC if they made us, because I know the stuff back to front, inside out. So I know what I can do with MoTeC. I know there’s so much more you can do with MoTeC, the MoTeC drives split throttles, not a problem. The dash we use is basically MoTeC, it’s an easy transition. But is it cost effective for joe public? No.”

NextGen Motorsports BMW S 1000 RR

Trev: What about for the equalisation and parity of racing, if you went to a MoTeC ECU, potentially would that help equal the field, if say one or two brands aren’t quite up to speed, or does it just come back to who is driving the computer?

Shane: “I think at the end of the day it’s the guy who is operating the sytems. At any World Championship, it’s only as good as the team running the electronics. MotoGP they all have the same electronics, but some of the teams are light years ahead of others. That’s because you’ve got some very very smart people out there that know their electronics.”

NextGen Motorsports BMW S 1000 RR

Trev: And with your bikes, you’ve got two different specs of the S 1000 RR?

Shane: “Originally we got a Race, we didn’t get an M because we don’t need the carbon wheels, we don’t need the bling, so it’s a base model bike. So our first bike was the first bike in the country of the new model, but it was a base model. It doesn’t have an adjustable swingarm pivot, doesn’t have the adjustable link, and the only thing we really need is the adjustable swingarm pivot. Especially now we did some tests for the weekend, for the first time shifting the pivot and made some very interesting gains, but gains in some places, losses in other places. But we haven’t had time to go back and go over the data. But for joe public you can go and buy a Race.”

NextGen Motorsports BMW S 1000 RR

Trev: Which isn’t a HP4 race.

Shane: “No it isn’t, it’s just a Race, you get forged wheels, adjustable swingarm pivot, adjustable link or ride height in the link, and that’s all you need to go racing. 26 grand or something, that’s cheap. Everything you need, and you can go buy a race kit on top of it and away you go.

“The M is an incredibly cheap road bike for what it is, but we don’t need the carbon, I’d like to revisit the carbon wheels, our initial test, our suspension set-up didn’t work, we had too many other things going on. I’d like to revisit it, because there’s some weight savings there, but our bike is underweight as it is now, so we put carbon wheels on it, we’d need to strap lead to it. So we need to finish every race with at least a litre of fuel in it, or we are underweight. So you know, carbon wheels are kinda pointless in some ways, although it may help the gyro.

“With $25,000 difference in price between a Ducati V4 R, or Honda in comparison to the much more affordable BMW. And the BMW is an awful lot of motorcycle for the money.

“We’re getting back into this homologation special stuff we had years ago, you and I have been around this for a long while, and we had all those homologation specials. The RC30s, the trick bits of kit and that’s fine, because at the end of the day you get a really nice race bike base, for fifty-odd thousand dollars. These (NextGen BMW ASBK bikes) are probably about that with the race kit on them, but that’s ready to race, that’s not as a road bike. And I think at some point you’re going to get, either a price cap, which is 40K Euros in World Superbike, which is pretty much the price of the Ducati and the Honda, that they are coming in at. And it’s like ok, if that’s the price cap, then make that the price cap and then everyone says, that rules out Joe Public, but you know it’s a fine line between Joe Public and racing at the end of the day. Racing we’ll spend money, where we can spend money and have money to spend.”

NextGen Motorsports BMW S 1000 RR

Trev: I remember I was reading some books by some F1 engineers, I can’t remember what the last one was, but he was saying when they bought in mandatory wheel changes and all the rest of it, he said, ‘you’re going to have to have a control wheel-gun, otherwise we’ll spend million euro making the best wheel gun, but they didn’t mandate a controlled wheel-gun, but they should have done, that left then spending endless man hours and money in wheel-gun development to try and gain an advantage.’

Shane: “V8 Supercars made a control rattle gun because of exactly that. It’s the mentality we all play.

Trev: I’ve often said, with our rules, we are allowed to do so little, and that is a good thing in some ways as there are a lot of guys racing, who need protecting from themselves with how much they can spend on racing.

Shane: “I mean it’s things like we have to run factory wheels, I’ve got a couple of sets of Oz wheels, they are cheaper than BMW wheels… But we can’t use them.

NextGen Motorsports BMW S 1000 RR

Trev: Which is an example of what I just said, having things as standard can work in the opposite direction in some ways when it comes to costs.

Shane: “The sub-frame of these bikes is double the price of a racing one. But at least they changed that rule, so that you can put an aftermarket sub-frame on now.”

Trev: That is great that has been changed, obviously a race sub-frame doesn’t need to be strong enough to carry a pillion.

Shane: “MA have been good with some of the rule changes, the brake discs was another good one. We don’t need to run factory brake discs any more, I still think brake calipers on the front could probably have a price cap, because you know some brake calipers are better than others, especially for pad wear, pad price, but that said, these Hayes brakes on these things are unbelievable. They initially copped a lot of flak, but we’ve had nothing but success with these using standard pads. At the end of the day, the electronics are where it’s at, and it is the largest part of getting a 200 plus horsepower motorcycle to do anything. But it’s the guy who’s running it, and who’s got the most budget, as you’ll get the best guys.”

The BMW S 1000 RR uses Hayes brake calipers

Trev: So how much horsepower are you pushing now?

Shane: “That thing is 205 at the rear tyre on my dyno.

Trev: And you could potentially make a fair bit more but the ASBK restrictions are quite strict, we are more stock than most international Superstock classes, despite being called Superbike.

Shane: “There is a lot left in them within the rules, we can’t port the head, you can’t put cams in it, you can’t buy camshafts for a BMW anyway, a K67, you’ve seen how complex they are with ShiftCam etc. which we do use. You cannot buy aftermarket camshafts for ShiftCam, there are none. At Phillip Island we were 317km/h down the straight, Tom Sykes was 316 km/h as we were all running, even the WorldSBK team, were running standard engines back then. We’re happy with what we’ve got. Yes the Ducati is faster than us, but only just. It is what it is, we’ll run a whole season without looking at that engine, we’ll change the oil. I don’t know how often the boys are pulling their Ducati’s apart, but I tell you it’s not after a whole season.

NextGen Motorsports BMW S 1000 RR

Trev: Back on the rules and regulations, what would you like to see changed from here heading into next year, that might benefit the series and racing in general?

Shane: “From where we’ve been, to where we are at now, I think we’ve got a pretty good mix. The tyre thing now is pretty good, we’re not throwing qualifiers at them for days, the qualifying format works pretty good, with having to make that tyre stretch a little bit. It’d be nice to have one more tyre, as I think that effects the show a little bit. People won’t go out in the second part of the session because you’ve gotta get that one tyre in. And that kind of hurts the spectacle, and when you’ve got paying spectators there. I think you should have the extra tyre, only if you get through as perhaps a congratulations you’ve done well. But people say that’s another 300 bucks, but what’s that in the scope of what you spend…

“But everything else I’m pretty happy with how it’s all been run. I feel there’s been some management stuff we could probably do better. As far as working as a unit, and we had some pretty good discussions in Eastern Creek a few weeks back, about maybe it’s time as teams we sat down and really joined forces together, because at the end of the day, we’re the ones spending the money and I don’t think the teams have enough of a say in the overall what happens. Like the calendar this year, fair credit to MA for doing what they are trying to do, I understand how bad it all is, but every time they change their mind if costs us money. Its logistics we have to shift, we’ve already booked accommodation, we’ve lost a bit of accommodation getting refunds. Most places now will say ok to refunds, but they kept shifting the goal posts, but what they’ve done now is fine.

NextGen Motorsports BMW S 1000 RR

Trev: Yes as of now they’ve said nothing more will be changed in regards to dates, if a round needs to get cancelled it gets cancelled and not rescheduled.

Shane: “Honestly I don’t believe we’ll race this year, which seems sad to say. I’m good friends with Lachy and Greg Epis,  I was talking to them, and Greg said, do you think we should go back to the World Championship or go to ASBK this year, and I said, ‘we aren’t going to race this year’. Thus they raced at Jerez last weekend. 

“That’s what’s disappointing, to not see everybody at St George the other week.  We’ve done the right thing to get clubs involved in the series again, which is good. Clubs are where everyone comes from. The St George meeting the other weekend was insane. I’ve never seen so many bikes on the grid. We can never get a crowd out at Eastern Creek, and we can never get people to enter ASBK at Eastern Creek. But you can go there on any ride day, any weekend and the place is packed. Sydney is the biggest motorcycle market in this country and we can’t seem to make it work there… I don’t know what we have to do.

“The lighting and the facility they have got there is unreal, let’s go race at night, on a Saturday night and make a big show out of it. The other thing we talked about, there was a few teams all together at Eastern Creek, and we all talked about maybe we should have more control over what happens, and yes I get that there’s the 600 guys, and the 300 guys have different priorities… I get that, but we’re spending ten or a hundred times the money they are spending. Without us (Superbike) there is no show, let’s do the best for our show, so we can get sponsors. The follow on effect is how it works.

“Anyway we were talking about all that amongst the teams up in Sydney. When V8 supercars said they would race at night they had no support categories or anything. So lets go, we’re all ready, the bikes were all ready to go. Two-minutes and we can be there… Lets run middle of the week, what difference does it make. We get to take a day off work. We’re all doing that anyway. If we can’t race with crowds, let’s fit into a TV environment, where we can get some TV audiences, making it a Friday night. Gotta think outside the box. People go and watch people Playstation before they’ll go to the racetrack in this day and age. We’ve got to be in people’s faces and Friday night, who wouldn’t go and have a beer on a hill and watch a bike race. That would be huge. The infrastructure, the lighting towers up at that place (Sydney) are incredible… why not use all of the facility.

Nathan Webb fellow team owner of NextGen BMW

But we’ve got this issue with M.A. and Eastern Creek and we know why the issue is there (a long story that harks back a few years amongst the whole ASBK v Formula Xtreme contest), but for the good of the sport… that sorta stuff frustrates me. Wayne (Hepburn fellow team owner of NextGen BMW),  and I talk about it a lot, because as I said before, we have the longest running team in this championship and it’s Wayne, Nathan and I, and we do it for shits and giggles. We never made one dollar out of it. We do it for fun, to meet our friends, it’s a good reason to hang out with the guys every couple of weeks.

Wayne Hepburn fellow team owner of NextGen BMW

Racing we love to win, we take it serious, but we’d still be doing it if we were racing a bunch of 300s, if we run out of money, we’d still run a couple of 300s. It’s a passion, it’s not a business, it’s certainly by far from a business for us, we all have our own businesses but racing is not our primary business. I think, when you do it for a passion you have to have a little more control over what happens. I know Greg from Racer’s Edge Fairings, Craig McMartin, Nathan Spiteri, a whole bunch of us the other week out testing, and we’ve got no control over what’s happening. We plan out at the start of the year, and I get this year’s a complete cluster, but if you can’t make the date just cancel it.”

Trev: That’s where we’ve got to now… And I understand the logistics, I think I’ve missed one ASBK round this century, which is probably a bit sad, but it is what it is. But the cost and logistics of taking a whole team, and bikes, mechanics, riders, everything else is obviously infinitely large. It’s hard enough just taking myself without having to take a fleet of people.

Greg Stevens from SignPro is an integral part of the NextGen Team

Shane: “Hotels, and food… it all adds up.”

Trev: And then spending too much in a bar on the Friday night…

Shane: “Yeah we have all been there but on that previous topic I do feel that we should have – we talked about it years ago – about an entrants group, same as what TEGA with touring cars have, F1 have it, Superbikes, they have teams, they have people, everyone has a say. We have no say.”

Trev: Can you possibly imagine that most of the top level teams would be able to do anything but argue, or see past their own backyard?

Shane: “Well at a certain point we all have to get over ourselves, everyone will have an opinion on what will serve them best to win, but we also need to have at least some sort of unity, in what’s best for the sport. Racetracks that we should be going to, we should have been in Darwin weeks ago when the borders were open, Tasmania, another good race track we don’t go to. It’s always fun down there, we always get good crowds down there.”

Trev: But then you’ve got other teams that will argue black and blue that will not want to go to Darwin, or to Tassie.

Shane: “Yea, but it doesn’t cost you any more, logistically, you’ve got to put a driver in there and do a couple days worth of driving, but logistically it’s not that much more. Anyone who’s ever been to Darwin it’s a great trip. The racing is always good there, the track is good. There’s just things we should be doing, but even MA says its expensive, but we were going to go to WA this year, and we’d all budgeted for that, then when that doesn’t happen, then you have got the Western Australians, like Adam Senior and that saying that well we’re still coming over here…. It’s gotta go a little bit both ways, everyone has to have some kind of input.”

NextGen Motorsports BMW S 1000 RR

Trev:   We have come across this in previous years, some factories team have chosen not to go to WA before, many years ago, and so in later years we’ve just taken Superbike to Perth, or Darwin, so the mums and dads with R15s or 300s don’t have to lose as much time off work, which is understandable, so basically I think what we’re saying is the superbikes are most important and run stand alone if need be and a business case can be made to run stand alone Superbike rounds.

But then we have the mums and dads with kids on R15s will spend 10 times more than we ever will, because they’ll get the shits with it here, and go to Europe. That is what a lot of people are doing. If you’ve got the money you’re going to spend it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a lot of money or a little bit of money, if you’re serious you’re going to spend it.

“Every year we do the budget, and every year we spend 10 times what we ever planned on spending. But as I said, we’re a little bit different to everyone else as we’ll do it regardless, we’ll race 150s around the car park somewhere if that’s all we can do for a bit of fun.

“Some people don’t want to go to Perth, then don’t go, I don’t care. It’s the same deal. All the years we drove to Perth it was a great trip. I remember back in the good ole days, 2003-2004 the trip from Perth back to Melbourne, every night a roadhouse, it was just a big ASBK party, traveling across the country. It was brilliant. It’s like, everyone will punch each other in the face on the racetrack, but having a beer with someone in a road house in the middle of nowhere… it needs to be a little more of that.

“Yes we’re all professional at what we do, and everyone cares what happens, but every time we come to make a decision we can’t agree. It does my head in, at a certain point we need to get together and say, you’re our riders/teams representatives, and you have a say at MA, because I feel we don’t have enough. That’s the only thing that M.A. does wrong… everything else they’ve done in the last years has been fantastic, and the sport is on the up. We’ve been talking before that the motorcycle market is going well, things aren’t as bad as people thought, but if we miss the opportunity to make hay while sun shines, we’re buggered.

NextGen Motorsports BMW S 1000 RR

Trev: Thanks for your time Shane!

Source: MCNews.com.au

Applications open for Australia’s own Road to MotoGP program

2021 Oceania Junior Cup

Motorcycling Australia (MA) is proud to announced expressions of interest are now open for motorcycle riders aged 11 to under-16-year-old to be considered for the 2021 Oceania Junior Cup (OJC).

The OJC Junior development program made its debut in 2019 and is Australia’s premier junior road racing academy, officially recognised by the FIM and Dorna, as part of the Road to MotoGP program.

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Lucas Quinn leading an OJC race at Phillip Island earlier this year – Image by Rob Mott

Riders are provided with a race-prepped Yamaha YZF-R15 bikes, equipped with Pirelli tyres, Öhlins suspension, RK chains, Motul oil, Ricondi Motorcycle Apparel leathers and gloves, AGV helmets, TCX boots, round entries, transportation of bikes, pre-event service of bikes, technical support, spare parts budget, and Oceania Junior Cup team uniform.

Riders competing in the 2021 championship will receive elite coaching to help develop their bike skills and technique, health and fitness, sportsmanship, and off-track activities such as media and fan engagement.

The OJC, which featured as part of the 2020 mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul, was also part of the Australian round for the World Superbike (WorldSBK) and was scheduled to be a feature race at this year’s MotoGP at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

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It was a photo finish at the 2020 Phillip Island season opener – Image Rob Mott

Motorcycling Australia are committed to developing Australia’s junior talent on the Road to MotoGP, aimed at developing Australia’s next national talent and international champion,” said MA Operations Director Martin Port.

Our current riders come from a multitude of disciplines including road, speedway, motocross, enduro and dirt track.

“Every bike is identical, there are no haves and have nots in the OJC program.

“The racing is spectacular, and victory comes down to a rider’s ability to get the most out of himself or herself.

“But winning isn’t everything in the OJC program, our focus is the development of these juniors, both on and off the track.

“It’s about learning, developing as a rider and opening up opportunities.”

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OJC competitors – Image by Rob Mott

Dorna are the commercial rights holders and promoters of MotoGP, the Superbike World Championship and Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup. Dorna has also co-organized the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup since its inception in 2007. Their endorsement is a significant development and adds the OJC to the esteemed list of Dorna Road to MotoGP programs around the world.

Dorna’s commitment has already seen OJC riders qualify for the 2020 Asia Talent Cup Selection Event, and cements MA’s objective to develop clear pathways for junior road racers in the Oceania region. Additionally, selected riders from the OJC were provided the opportunity of participating in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Selection Event in 2019.

Expressions of interest applications are available here https://www.asbk.com.au/about-asbk/oceania-junior-cup/

WSBK Rnd Phillip Island RbMotoLens OJC Race
Oceania Junior Cup – Image by Rob Mott

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Defending ASBK Champions eager to get back on track

Panigale V2 being prepped for two-up rides with TB

DesmoSport Ducati welcomes the release earlier this month of the final Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) calendar, with racing set to get underway at Winton Motor Raceway on September 19 & 20.

In a year like no other, DesmoSport Ducati is primed and ready to get back on track and finish the 2020 season across the five remaining rounds in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.

Team Co-Owner, Troy Bayliss

Phillip Island feels like a lifetime ago really, but Mike has continued to put in the work off the bike when we were unable to ride, and both he and Ben have found something more from the V4R, so it will be great to go racing again and put it to the test.

“As for me, I actually got to put some laps in on the new Panigale V2, and it was so much fun! I actually had such a good time, that Ducati have agreed to let us build one into a two-up bike for the rest of the year, so should things settle down, keep your eye’s peeled for an opportunity to jump on the back with me, although be warned, I might be a little rusty.”

Ducati Panigale V
Troy Bayliss and DesmoSport Ducati are preparing a Panigale V2 as a two-up ride bike for ASBK rounds

While subject to constantly changing government rules and regulations, Motorcycling Australia (MA) has been working hard to ensure our championship moves forward. With the dates now cemented in place, DesmoSport Ducati has continued to test and develop the V4R with Mike Jones aboard the bike and is prepared to resume racing to defend the 2019 ASBK title.

Team Co-Owner, Ben Henry

It’s been a year that no one could predict, that’s for sure, but the break from racing has allowed me to spend some more time with my family and working on my business, Cube Performance Centre, which has been fantastic. If anything, the break has just highlighted how much I love our sport and has me motivated more than ever to perform at the racetrack. Mike has been able to ride the bike, and we’re confident that we’ll be ready come September.

ASBK Wakefield Park Test TDJ Mike Jones main straight Cover
Mike Jones – Image by TDJ

Cube Racing Set to Return to the Track

And of course over in the other half of the DesmoSport Ducati Team at an ASBK event is the Cube Racing Supersport effort where TB’s teenage son Oli Bayliss has been honing his craft and despite the lull in racing young Oli has been training hard and also testing the Cube Racing YZF-R6 regularly at Morgan Park.

Oli Bayliss

I don’t think anyone can tell what will happen next with everything that’s going on, but I’m happy that MA have set a calendar for a little later in the year. There’s a good chance that we might be able to race the last five rounds and finish the season. Even though there hasn’t been any racing, I’ve still been able to do a few track days, I’ve been training harder than ever and I feel really good on the bike, so it will be great to get back on the grid and actually race again. I just wanted to thank everyone that’s stood by us as a team, and me as a racer this year. My brother just opened a gym, Apex Performance and Fitness, I see how hard Ben works at Cube Performance Centre, and I know that all our sponsors work just as hard in their businesses, so I really appreciate everything that you all do so we can get on track.”

Team owner, Ben Henry

We’ve been lucky to get some solid track time for Oli over the last few weeks and he’s continued his progression, despite the lack of racing. He’s physically stronger, and his confidence continues to grow with every outing on the bike. He’s unofficially set the fastest time for a 600 at Morgan Park and he’s set times in race simulations that would see him win in previous years, so I’m just looking forward to getting him back into a race situation to develop his race craft and continue his progression.”

Revised 2020 ASBK Calendar

  • ROUND 1 – WSBK – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC: 27 Feb – 1 March
  • ROUND 2 – Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla VIC: 18 – 20 September
  • ROUND 3 – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Cowes VIC: 2 – 4 October
  • ROUND 4 – Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn NSW: 16 – 18 October
  • ROUND 5 – Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick QLD: 6 – 8 November
  • ROUND 6 – International MotoFest The Bend, SA: 20 – 22 November

Source: MCNews.com.au

Latest ASBK calendar

ASBK Calendar Update – 9th July

As announced yesterday, the ASBK Management Team responded quickly to the circumstances of updated border closures which have occurred over the past 48hrs to address the difficult situation faced in Victoria.

The ASBK Management Team has been strongly committed throughout the COVID-19 period to providing clear and timely information as we attempt to meet the challenges faced by the entire ASBK paddock.

ASBK Management Team has worked extremely hard over the past 48 hours to again find suitable solutions to ensure the 2020 mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul can be the best it can be and worthy of the crown – Australian champion.

ASBK is pleased to advise that the ASBK Round scheduled for Morgan Park Raceway in August now moves to November 6 – 8.

An additional change will also occur with the ASBK Round at Winton in September moving back one week, to be held on 18 – 20 September.

ASBK Management wishes to again express our thanks to the Motorcycle Sportsmen of QLD for their flexibility and support, and further thanks to Winton Motor Raceway who have been a long-time supporter of ASBK.

ASBK wishes to also advise that any further impact of COVID-19 to the 2020 ASBK Championship will result in the cancellation of any such round, and no further postponements will occur.

We continue to ask the ASBK paddock for their understanding in this complex time, and again remind competitors and teams that the COVID-19 environment is an unprecedented challenge, and their flexibility will be required throughout 2020.

Australian Superbike Championship
Updated 2020 Calendar
Version 11 as of 9 July 2020

ROUND 1 – WSBK – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC 27 Feb – 1 March

ROUND 2 – Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla VIC 18 – 20 September
Kawasaki Superbike, MotorsportsTV Supersport, YMI Supersport 300, YMF R3 Cup, bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup, Horsell Australian Sidecars

ROUND 3 – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Cowes VIC 2 – 4 October
Kawasaki Superbike, MotorsportsTV Supersport, YMI Supersport 300, YMF R3 Cup, bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup, Superbike Masters (tbc)

ROUND 4 – Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn NSW 16 – 18 October
Kawasaki Superbike, MotorsportsTV Supersport, YMI Supersport 300, YMF R3 Cup, bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup, Horsell Australian Sidecars

ROUND 5 – Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick QLD 6 – 8 November
Kawasaki Superbike, MotorsportsTV Supersport, YMI Supersport 300, YMF R3 Cup, bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup

ROUND 6 – International MotoFest @ The Bend, SA 20 – 22 November
Kawasaki Superbike, MotorsportsTV Supersport, YMI Supersport 300, YMF R3 Cup, bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup, Horsell Australian Sidecars

ASBK Night of Champions Awards – The Bend Sunday 22 November

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Morgan Park ASBK round delayed further

2020 ASBK calendar up in the air again

The news we had been expecting came today in the shape of this following statement from Motorcycling Australia that confirms that the recently rescheduled round two of the 2020 Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship at Morgan Park will be further delayed. An updated provisional calendar is expected to be issued later this week.

The frustrations seem to be never ending and I feel for everyone involved, from M.A., to the teams, the sponsors and to the riders themselves. I wonder just how close we are getting to the point where it really does just start to become all too hard and simply ends up not bring feasible to run an Australian Superbike Championship this year. I hope we don’t get to that point, but if this continues on much longer then a line will have to be drawn in the sand…

M.A. Statement

It is with frustration that the ASBK Management Team advise that the recently rescheduled ASBK Round 2 at Morgan Park Raceway, Queensland on August 21-23 will now not occur on these dates.

The future of the ASBK Round at Morgan Park will be determined in the coming days.

The ASBK Management Team has no choice but to react to the circumstances in Victoria over the past 48hrs.

ASBK Sporting Director – Simon Maas

We have been clear with competitors and teams that the COVID-19 environment will require their flexibility and understanding in 2020. These date changes are incredibly difficult and challenging to keep finding workable solutions. We are sure the ASBK paddock is frustrated by this latest delay, as we are too. We again thank the entire ASBK paddock for their patience as we are all in this situation together right now.’’

A further review to the 2020 ASBK Championship calendar is now underway and the ASBK Management Team aims to provide an updated calendar in the next few days.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Morgan Park slated to host ASBK Rnd Two on August 23

2020 mi-bike ASBK Calendar

As of July 1

The new quarantine restrictions put in place by the Queensland and South Australian Governments this week have forced Motorcycling Australia to delay the scheduled Phillip Island Round Two of the 2020 Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship to the first weekend in October. That will become the new Round Four of the series.

Even bigger news is that the latest calendar dated today, July 1, now has Morgan Park hosting Round Two on the weekend of August 23rd. Thus it will be the Queensland venue that is scheduled to stage the-restart of the championship. Obviously that will largely be dependent on how the pandemic progresses from here.

Winton will stage Round Three on the weekend of September 11-13 while on the weekend of October 18 ASBK will visit Wakefield Park for Round Five of the six-round series.

The finale is slated for the weekend of November 22 at the expansive new Bend Motorsports Park in South Australia where all race categories will have their championships decided.

Obviously the current difficulties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures that will be in place will make it not a business as usual approach to the ASBK weekends this year.

Riders are expected to be limited in regards to how many people will be able to work with them over the weekend and the situation will evolve according to the progress of the plague…

All the regular categories such as Kawasaki Superbike, Motorsports TV Supersport, YMI Supersport 300, YMF R3 Cup and bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup will be at all the rounds.

The Horsell Australian Sidecars will join the circus at Winton, Wakefield and The Bend while the historics get into the action at Phillip Island with a Superbike Masters category on that schedule.

ASBK Sporting Director – Simon Maas

The ASBK Management Team does not take these  decisions easily, but we feel the best decision for the health, safety and success of the ASBK Championship, is to adjust the calendar to ensure that everyone from the ASBK paddock can attend and that they are safe when at an ASBK event. We have been very clear with the competitors and teams that the COVID-19 environment is ever changing, and flexibility will be required in 2020 whilst we live with these developments. We thank the competitors, teams and officials for their understanding and apologise for any inconvenience.’’

Spectator attendance for all ASBK rounds in 2020 remains under review from state to state, and ASBK is very keen to see the fans back trackside as soon as possible. All the action of ASBK will be captured on ASBK TV via SBS HD, Fox Sports Australia, Fox Sports Asia and all day ASBK Livestream thanks to the ASBK Production Partner – AVE & Motorsports TV.

MA CEO Peter Doyle

These requirements are highly complex and ever-changing which creates many challenges for MA on a daily basis. We are all adjusting to the constant developments to our plans which effect motorcycle sport at all levels, from club, state and of course the MA National Championships. In fact, they effect the wider motorsport community which includes cars, bikes and karting as we all seek dates and venues on short notice – we are all in this together. I am pleased that the ASBK Management Team have been able to find a strong solution to getting ASBK back on track and it will be a great 2020 ASBK Championship. I am also proud to see that a majority of the MA members have been understanding, patient and supportive during this difficult period. I look forward to seeing bikes back on track soon.”

2020 mi-bike ASBK Calendar

  1. Round One – Phillip Island, VIC – March 1
  2. Round Two – Morgan Park, QLD – August 21-23
  3. Round Three – Winton, VIC – September 11-13
  4. Round Five – Phillip Island, VIC – October 2-4
  5. Round Four – Wakefield Park, NSW – October 16-18
  6. Round Six – The Bend, SA – November 20-22

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New restrictions put in place by QLD/SA halt all national level racing

Quarantine restrictions cull any chance of a timely return to competition

Today’s new restrictions put in place by the Queensland and South Australian Governments have effectively brought Motorcycling Australia’s efforts to kick-start national level motorcycle racing across to a screaming halt in one foul swoop.

It is now a foregone conclusion that the scheduled second round of the Australian Superbike Championship at Phillip Island in late July will not go ahead.

With so many competitors based out of Queensland in particular, the new restrictions placed on them by their government would see them have to enter a hotel based quarantine scheme for 14 days on their return home, at their own expense.

This will force M.A.’s hand and we can expect an official announcement to be made tomorrow, July 1, that ASBK Round Two will be postponed until a later date.

Round three was also to be held in Victoria and had been slated for the weekend of September 13. One would imagine that, subject to restrictions being lifted over the next two months, the Winton date will become the second round of the 2020 series.

The 2020 MX Nationals were to get underway in Queensland on August 9th, the chances of that happening I would say are slim to none.

AORC competition was set to reconvene in South Australia on the first weekend of August and again, the chances of that happening are pretty much nil.

In reality, if these new restrictions are left in place for another month or more, the chances of being able to run national championships across any racing discipline are becoming more and more remote.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Latest ASBK developments and plans discussed

ASBK 2020

An on-line press conference was held earlier today with members of the media, Motorcycling Australia CEO Peter Doyle and ASBK Sporting Director Simon Maas, discussing the latest developments and challenges being negotiated in an effort to run a successful 2020 Mi-Bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Champioship.

Obviously a lot of the conversation surrounded the current difficulties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures that will be in place in regards to numbers control etc. for the recommencement of ASBK with a two-day race meeting to be staged at Phillip Island with no spectators at the end of July.

Riders will be limited in regards to how many people will be able to work with them over the weekend. Superbike riders will be allowed four team personnel, Supersport three and some of the other categories will be limited to only two.

Pit garage entry will also have to be limited. If ten people are in a pit garage, and the garages at Phillip Island measure roughly 40 squre-metres, then one person will have to exit before another can enter to maintain protocol.

M.A. have advised the tyre services attending the round that they will have to give some thought to the way they set-up their tyre-changing areas and interact with customers.

M.A. will also reduce the numbers of their own personnel at the track working in race direction and will stage the traditional mandatory rider’s briefing by video link. Many other discussions over the weekend amongst M.A. personnel will also be conducted on-line.

I asked if the new outbreaks of community transmission in some areas of Melbourne had put the Phillip Island round of the championship in doubt at all.

M.A. indicated that they continue to monitor the situation in Victoria on a day-by-day basis but their latest advice from the Victorian Government, received this week, was that authorities are still comfortable with the event going ahead and that planning should continue for the event. M.A. indicated that a final call will be made by July 1st and also highlighted that Phillip Island is not one of the areas identified as a hot-spot.  

I also asked if Queensland based riders would be required to self-isolate on arrival back in to QLD after the Phillip Island round and M.A. advised that after consulting with the Queensland Government, assuming they do not enter any of the officially recognised infection hot-spots in metropolitan Melbourne, they will not be required to enter any 14-day quarantine period when returning to QLD after the event.  There is an existing exemption area around Tullamarine Airport thus Queenslanders will be free to fly in, pick up a rental car and drive directly to Phillip Island without breaching protocols. 

ASBK is scheduled to go to Winton on the weekend of September 13th with the hope that spectators will be permitted at that event. A final decision on spectator attendance is to be made on September 1. The fact that Winton allows people to drive their cars to certain viewing spots, where they could potentially remain within their vehicles in a drive-in theatre style scenario, was highlighted along with the wide expanse of viewing areas that the circuit affords, that will in-turn help social-distancing protocols to be easily maintained.

M.A. also highlighted to some of the Central Victorian mainstream media participating in today’s conference the economic benefits that an ASBK round brings to the Benalla, Wangaratta and Shepparton regions.  People coming from all over Australia to their area and staying in the locale for days, filling their pubs and restaurants and spending money at various retailers while attending the ASBK round.

Wakefield Park is then scheduled to host round four in mid-October while round five is still up in the air at the moment due to the extra restrictions in Queensland.

M.A. indicated that the smaller and more crowded pit areas at Morgan Park present a significant extra challenge in trying to meet social distancing protocols.

The pit areas at Morgan Park are all open without any walled pit garages. Unlike Phillip Island or Winton, where those physical barriers will help organisers create social distancing parameters and zones, the open lay-out of the Queensland circuit makes achieving the required social distance practices incredibly complicated. For now M.A. have been unable to reach a satisfactory solution that will meet those guide-lines.

Queensland Sport have told M.A. that those guidelines will change over the next few months as restrictions likely ease, but at the current moment it is just not practical to confirm the event there. M.A. indicated that if the situation comes about where Morgan Park can not prove viable, they do have alternative venues that can possibly host that fifth round of the ASBK Championship. This would likely involve one of the other circuits already scheduled on the calendar potentially hosting an extra round of the series.

The finale is slated for the weekend of November 22 at the expansive new Bend Motorsports Park in South Australia where all race categories will have their championships decided.

While personally I have no particular preference or barrow to push for a summer series, I did bring up the question of how seriously a switch to a summer schedule was considered when M.A. were going through the whole COVID-19 saga of shifting dates and trying to make a calendar work. And asked them what prevented them from making that leap to a summer series? I know riders are generally contracted to a certain date, but in reality there are only a few ‘contracted’ riders in our series, thus I asked if that really was much of a problem that people could not work around easily enough?

Both Peter Doyle and Simon Maas indicated that the rider contracts are one area that are an issue, the other issue is the commercial partners and the way those budgets are set in relation to their agreements with Motorcycling Australia and ASBK, and with their own race teams. They also indicated that while there is some support for a summer series concept, there is perhaps not as much support as most people might expect, and that some of the larger teams in particular were not at all receptive to the idea of a switch to a more summer oriented calendar.

Well there you have it boys and girls, an up to the minute situation report on how the troubled waters are currently being navigated. Unless we have some very serious escalations and developments in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, I think we can look forward to a very interesting 2020 season of the Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship.

2020 mi-bike ASBK Calendar

  1. Round One – Phillip Island, VIC – March 1
  2. Round Two – Phillip Island, VIC – July 25-26 (Two Days)
  3. Round Three – Winton, VIC – September 11-13
  4. Round Four – Wakefield Park, NSW – October 16-18
  5. Round Five – TBC
  6. Round Six – The Bend, SA – November 20-22

2020 mi-bike Australian Superbike Championship Points

  1. Wayne Maxwell 76
  2. Cru Halliday 60
  3. Josh Waters 51
  4. Bryan Staring 49
  5. Troy Herfoss 48
  6. Daniel Falzon 41
  7. Arthur Sissis 37
  8. Mike Jones 35
  9. Jed Metcher 33
  10. Glenn Allerton 31
  11. Linden Magee 25
  12. Matt Walters 24
  13. Max Croker 23
  14. Aiden Wagner 22
  15. Sloan Frost 21
  16. Beau Beaton 17
  17. Glenn Scott 16
  18. Brendan McIntyre 14
  19. Josh Hayes 11
  20. Matthew Tooley 5

Source: MCNews.com.au

ASBK to recommence at Phillip Island on July 25

2020 ASBK Calendar

The 2020 mi-bike Australian Superbike Championship did get underway in late February at Phillip Island just before the COVID-19 lock-down put a stop to motorcycle racing all around the world.

Boost Mobile Ducati’s Wayne Maxwell dominated that opening round of the series from Yamaha Racing Team’s  Cru Halliday.


The series was then expected to head north to Wakefield Park a few weeks later for round two but ultimately Motorcycling Australia had to postpone that round and the 2020 ASBK calendar has been a constantly shifting work in progress ever since due to various cross-border restrictions put in place by parochial premiers cheered on by sectarian wing nuts.

Motorcycling Australia today though have bit the bullet and released a new look 2020 calendar that will see ASBK competitors reconvene at Phillip Island on the weekend of July 25-26 for a quick-fire two-day race weekend to get the COVID-19 interrupted season underway once again. Woohoo. Might be cold but I don’t care as it is Phillip Island, the most awesome motorcycle circuit in the known universe, and I will be dry and warm in the press room…  The thinking behind the two-day schedule is to help cut costs and at this stage spectators will not be permitted to attend the Phillip Island event due to social distancing requirements.

Round three will also be in Victoria and will be staged over the weekend of September 13 at Winton. One of the not quite so awesome tracks in the known universe. And, brrrrr… Hopefully we are on top of the plague by then and spectators will be permitted.

The first round to be staged outside Victoria will be at Wakefield Park in NSW on the weekend of October 18. Hopefully I don’t get another fine under New South Wales’s poxy lock-out laws, it was Bomber’s fault by the way…

Round Five is still listed as ‘To Be Confirmed’. Presumably that round might depend on whether Queensland has successfully sawed their state from the mainland and declared themselves the Redneck Republic of Pauline, Clive and Katter or something along those lines…

ASBK Management continues to review options as COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing requirements make some venues difficult to achieve under some state government regulations. ASBK will continue to monitor developments and further details will be announced to confirm Round 5.

Then we go completely around The Bend when ASBK heads down to the windswept desert, but with accommodation pricing reminiscent of Monaco, that is The Bend. The South Australian venue will host the ASBK finale on the weekend of November 22. The ASBK Night of Champions dinner is to be held that same night.

After being part of the original calendar Western Australians will be disappointed to miss out this time around but hopefully Wanneroo will be back on the schedule for 2021. Western Australia will probably still not be letting eastern staters in by then anyway…

2020 mi-bike ASBK Calendar

  1. Round One – Phillip Island, VIC – March 1
  2. Round Two – Phillip Island, VIC – July 25-26 (Two Days)
  3. Round Three – Winton, VIC – September 11-13
  4. Round Four – Wakefield Park, NSW – October 16-18
  5. Round Five – TBC
  6. Round Six – The Bend, SA – November 20-22

Motorcycling Australia Statement

The mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul (ASBK) and Motorcycling Australia (MA) are very pleased to announce the restart of the 2020 ASBK Championship.

After a cracking season opener held at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit back in February, ASBK can now confirm the restart of the championship, which will run over a further five rounds, resuming in July.

Round 2 of ASBK will be held at the world-famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on the 25 – 26 July. The event is now scheduled as a two-day event in an effort to help reduce the costs and the amount of time teams and riders will be on the road.

Simon Maas – ASBK Sporting Director

We are thrilled to be finally heading back to the track and can’t wait to get going. We chose to restart at Phillip Island because the riders of ASBK know the track well, as it was the last circuit we visited, so they can get up to pace quickly with the reduced schedule. In addition, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is a world class track – home to MotoGP and WorldSBK, and it makes the implementation of the new COVID-safe protocols more manageable.  Like all major sporting codes, ASBK and MA has developed a comprehensive ASBK COVID-Safe Championship Plan based on our Roadmap back to ASBK. We extend our thanks and acknowledgement to the Victorian Government – Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions who are supporting Creative, Tourism, Sport and Major Events in Victoria and have assisted in our ASBK COVID-Safe Championship Plan which has made our return to the track possible.

Due to the current COVID-19 regulations ASBK fans will not be able to attend in July but can still catch all the action via ASBK TV and Live Streaming. The COVID-19 restriction will also require a limitation of the number of personnel at the circuit, so teams and riders will be limited in size. More information on these new requirements will be announced to ASBK teams and riders next week.

ASBK then heads to Northeast Victoria where the iconic Winton Motor Raceway will host Round 3 on 11 – 13 September. ASBK hopes to be able to welcome ASBK fans back to the track to catch all the action, whilst this will be subject to continual easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Next on the ASBK schedule, the championship visits the nation’s spectator track – Wakefield Park Raceway on 16 – 18 October, where close battles and tight racing are always assured. Again, ASBK remains hopeful that ASBK fans will be trackside to witness all the thrills and spills.

Round 5 details at this stage remain To Be Confirmed, as ASBK Management continues to review options as COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing requirements make some venues difficult to achieve under some state government regulations. ASBK will continue to monitor developments and further details will be announced to confirm Round 5.

The 2020 mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul will come to a spectacular conclusion at the Grand Final round to be located at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia, at the 2020 International Motofest.

ASBK is also pleased to announce that all ASBK national championship classes will race at The Bend in 2020, and will also include the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup and YMF R3 Cup support classes.

MA CEO Peter Doyle

It’s been huge challenge for the ASBK Management Team to rebuild the calendar with different restrictions in each state, and the large amount of new requirements to stage a major event like an ASBK round. However we have done our very best to get back up and running to finish the season with as many rounds as possible. We are very pleased to get the championship back into action in July and to see the riders back on track.”

ASBK TV on SBS HD will provide Free To Air broadcast and race coverage in HD. Whilst Pay TV viewers in Australia and Asia do not miss any of the action by tuning in to ASBK TV on Fox Sports Australia and Fox Sports Asia for each Sunday race day.

2020 mi-bike Australian Superbike Championship Points

  1. Wayne Maxwell 76
  2. Cru Halliday 60
  3. Josh Waters 51
  4. Bryan Staring 49
  5. Troy Herfoss 48
  6. Daniel Falzon 41
  7. Arthur Sissis 37
  8. Mike Jones 35
  9. Jed Metcher 33
  10. Glenn Allerton 31
  11. Linden Magee 25
  12. Matt Walters 24
  13. Max Croker 23
  14. Aiden Wagner 22
  15. Sloan Frost 21
  16. Beau Beaton 17
  17. Glenn Scott 16
  18. Brendan McIntyre 14
  19. Josh Hayes 11
  20. Matthew Tooley 5

Source: MCNews.com.au