Motorcycling Australia has put out a partially completed race calendar for 2016.
The ASBK series is expected to host the 2016 season opener in conjunction with the World Superbike Championship round at Phillip Island over the February 26-28 weekend.
The series is then listed to go to Morgan Park sometime in March or April for round two.
Round three of ASBK is slated to be held at Winton on the weekend of April 22-24. This date presents a date clash with the Terry O’Neill managed Australasian FX Superbike Championship, which is scheduled to be at Wakefield Park on the same weekend.
ASBK Rounds four and five are listed as TBA.
The 2016 A4DE is scheduled to be held at Mansfield (VIC), from May 9-15.
AORC 2016 kicks off in Queensland, March 19-20, then heads to South Australia, April 23-24.
The 2016 MX Nationals Championship kicks off on April 3 in Victoria, but the track is yet to be listed. The ten-round series concludes in Queensland at the end of August.
There are no dates listed for Supercross and the discipline is listed as ‘Not Awarded’.
Junior MX Nationals
Horsham Motorcycle Club president Kenny Watts said the club was once again looking forward to hosting the AJMX after successfully accommodating the event in 2013.
“Back in 2013, we created the format that has run over the past couple of years at the Australian Junior Motocross Championship, and we think we can still improve that a little bit more,” Watts said.
“We’re aiming to run it on the traditional weekend of the AFL Grand Final at the end of September, which fits in with the school holidays for basically everyone.”
The announcement of the 2017 AJMX makes it a double coup for the Horsham Motorcycle Club, which is also set to host the FIM World Junior Motocross Championship (WJMX) at Dooen Recreational Reserve in 2018.
Watts said he expected the 2017 AJMX to provide the perfect lead in for competitors heading into club’s centennial celebrations in 2018.
“We’re hoping that we can actually raise the profile of the Australian junior titles by being the club that is hosting the World Junior Motocross Championship in 2018, with the likelihood that we can attract international junior riders to come to an Australian title,” Watts said.
“Getting them to come across will give them good track time (ahead of the 2018 WJMX) and will entice them to come and support it.”
Watts said that with significant advancements made to facilities in previous years the club would be in a great position to host a world-class event.
“The current format that the club is run in started in 2002 with the first MX Nationals event, and the club had a major upgrade of its facilities and since then it has just gone from strength-to strength,” he said.
“We’re doing a lot of work with the state government to improve our infrastructure at the venue to be one of the major facilities in Australia for motocross.
“We also had a delegation of our club head to Spain to witness the 2015 World Junior Motocross Championship, and we’re hoping now that we can implement the ideas from that event into our titles for the Aussie Juniors.”
For reference we include below the Swann Australasian FX Superbike calendar for 2016
Rnd 1 … 11th – 12th March Sydney Motorsport Park (Fri-Sat day / night)
Rnd 2 … 22nd – 24th April Wakefield Park Raceway NSW
Rnd 3 … 27th – 29th May Mallala Raceway SA
Rnd 4 … 8th – 10th July Queensland Raceway Qld
Rnd 5 … 9th – 11th September Winton Raceway Vic
Rnd 6 …16th – 17th Dec Sydney Motorsport Park (Fri–Sat day / night)
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