2016 ASBK Calendar Changes
Motorcycling Australia (MA) has now officially advised the rumoured two changes to the 2016 ASBK Calendar.
Essentially the MotoSBK summer series is off the table for 2016, as a result the 2016 ASBK Calendar has been changed; Morgan Park now moves to the first weekend in August and will no longer be the final round.
Winton was to be the penultimate round, but now moves to the first weekend in October and thus becomes the 2016 ASBK Final.
MotoSBK will run in conjunction with Troy Bayliss Events. in 2017.
Motorcycling Australia Statement
In response competitor and industry feedback, Motorcycling Australia has now amended the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) calendar.
Motorcycling Australia has reviewed the existing 2016 ASBK calendar, and made two date changes, which will see the series commence in February, and conclude in October 2016.
- Morgan Park Raceway, QLD Round 5 (previously Round 6) will now be held on 5th, 6th and 7th of August.
- Winton Motor Raceway, VIC Round 6 (previously Round 5) will now be held on 30th of September, 1st, and 2nd of October 2016.
The recent changes are in light of discussions on how to make the 2016 championship affordable and sustainable moving forward, while also keeping in mind the logistical challenges of riders and teams in attending each round of the ASBK.
The planned MA and Troy Bayliss Events (TBE) ‘Summer Series’, motoSBK will now take place within the more traditional 2017 calendar year following positive feedback from the industry.
David Cottee, CEO of Motorcycling Australia, when asked, expressed his enthusiasm and excitement after announcing the new ASBK date changes.
“We are inspired and motivated by all who are involved in the sport to make the ASBK Championship an affordable and sustainable series.
“We have listened to our teams and competitors, partners, and our valued sponsors, who have expressed that by rescheduling two of the ASBK Championship rounds for 2016, we have put ourselves in good stead to welcome what the future of this national series has in store.
“We are hoping that with this announcement, we can embrace more positive changes to the series and will endeavor to make the process as smooth and sustainable as possible.”
Mark Petersen of TBE has also made comments about the ASBK’s 2016 calendar amendments.
“It’s great to see Motorcycling Australia has been able to adjust the calendar for 2016, hopefully this can assist with anyone that had concerns about the initial shortened series.
“After positive industry feedback, Troy Bayliss Events are happy to move forward with motoSBK to now be held within the 2017 calendar season.
“It is exciting to be a part of this process and to see the sport constantly evolving for everyone’s benefit. We’re very much looking forward to making some further announcements regarding 2017 and beyond in the coming weeks.”
Revised 2016 ASBK race calendar
- Round 1 Phillip Island GP Circuit, WSBK, Vic 25-28 February
- Round 2 Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW 25-27 March
- Round 3 Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW 16-17 April
- Round 4 Barbagallo Raceway, WA 3-5 June
- Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, QLD 5-7 August
- Round 6 Winton Motor Raceway, Vic 30 September – 2 October
MA would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused due to the change of dates, and appreciates the cooperation and support of all involved.
A dedicated email contact has been created for ASBK enquiries –firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgestone added to Round 1 ASBK Homologated Tyre List
Motorcycling Australia (MA) has also announced the addition of tyre manufacturer Bridgestone to the MA homologated tyre list in time for the first round of the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) at Phillip Island.
Bridgestone, involved in motorsport since 1983, will join tyre manufacturers Pirelli and Dunlop on the homologated tyre list for the opening round of the ASBK at Phillip Island this year.
With the three manufacturers on board it gives competitors and teams three great options and allows this years’ Championship to provide the best exposure to participating Privateers.
“We’re very pleased to announce that Bridgestone are on board for another year” MA National Technical Officer Peter Doyle said today.
“Having a wide range of tyres for selection gives the competitors for the Championship a real boost, and a choice which is great to be able to provide.”
Bridgestone has a rich history in its involvement in motorsport, and has supported World Champions such as Australia’s own Casey Stoner.
The inclusion of Bridgestone joining Pirelli and Dunlop in ASBK is sure to provide plenty of excitement to this year’s series.
MA will release additional tyre manufacturer and homologation information as it becomes available.
Competitors are advised that the homologated tyre list will be updated for subsequent rounds after Round 1 of the ASBK.
Please note there has also been a correction made to the Pirelli Supersport homologated tyre list – Diablo Supercorsa SCX (U1148) is a 190/60ZR17, not 180/60 as provided in the initial release.
For updated Round 1 ASBK Homologated Tyre List click here.