-- ASBK Prizes Announced - ProStock to combine with SBK - Calendar changes
Riders contesting the 2013 QBE Australian Superbike Championships (ASBK) will benefit from an injection of prize money and a range of contingency programs released today.
International Entertainment Group (IEG), promoter of the ASBK, ensures a greater return to riders racing in classes across the board.
2013 will see an expanded prize pool, with $85,000 allocated to the six rounds, extending as far back as 12th place.
Riders who contest the entire series will be entitled to a loyalty program payment of up to $300 for the Superbike and Supersport classes, extending the initial value of reduced entry fees.
Naming-rights sponsor QBE will offer a new contingency program for successful Supersport riders who promote the brand on their helmet and motorcycle, with a pool of over $10,000 on offer.
Tyre partner Pirelli will offer a range of contingencies and rebates for all classes, including a significant rebate on entry fees for competitors who run Pirelli-shod machines in the Superbike, Prostock and Supersport classes.
Pirelli have injected a further $5,000 LINK dollars across the series in the 250 Production class to encourage budding road racers to pursue their personal racing goals at the top level.
The Pirelli Privateer Contingency sees a free set of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC tyres awarded to the highest place privateer in Supersport 600 and a set of Pirelli Superbike SC slicks (in small sizes) to Superlites.
Yarrive Konsky, Director of IEG, thanked QBE, Pirelli and the series’ associated sponsors for their contribution and continued support of Australia’s premier motorcycling Championship.
“After a successful 2012 campaign, IEG promise to deliver more to loyal participants,” said Konsky.
“We have worked closely with sponsors to develop strategies to further aid riders and their personal growth in the sport of road racing.
“These strategies will be evident in 2013 with a new injection of prize money, contingencies, and rebates.”
The QBE ASBK is promoted and organised by International Entertainment Group (IEG) and supported by Motorcycling Australia.
-- Trev's Notes: We believe some calendar changes are being made to the Darwin round of the series, possibly delaying that round until September, but IEG are yet to officially signal these changes.
After an earlier announcement stating that the ProStock class would run independent of the Superbike class we believe those classed will now be combined, and that ProStock competitors will now also be invited to attend that Tasmanian round of the series.
We believe new rules aiming to ensure the majority of the prize money on offer goes to privateers is also being mooted. As of now the calendar on the official ASBK site still reflects the following dates. We have asked IEG for comment but are unlikely to get any calendar change confirmations until later in the week.
Rd 1: 22 – 24 February Phillip Island, VIC - WSBK - Superbike (Non Championship points), Prostock and Supersport
Rd 2: 5 – 7 April Symmons Plains, TAS - V8 Supercars
Rd 3: 18 – 21 April Hidden Valley, NT
Rd 4: 14 – 16 June QLD Raceway, QLD
Rd 5/6: 1 – 4 August Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW
Rd 7: 4 – 6 October Phillip Island, VIC
- ASBK 2012 -
RND 1 - PHILLIP ISLAND
RND 2 - HIDDEN VALLEY
RND 3 - MAXWELL WINS WA
RND 4 -
MAXWELL SWEEPS P.I.
RND 5 - STAUFFER IN QLD
RND 6 - MAXWELL DOUBLES P.I.
RND 7 - WATERS ASBK CHAMP
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