2017 Australian MotoGP support classes confirmed – Superbikes and Supersport 300

Support classes for the Michelin Australian MotoGP Round held over October 20-22 have been announced, with the Australian Superbike and Australian Supersport 300 classes to be representing Australian national racing on the track.

The ASBK field at Phillip Island heading into Turn 2 - Image: Andrew Gosling
The ASBK Superbikes at Phillip Island – Image: Andrew Gosling

In addition to MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 classes, fans can experience incredible racing with the Australian Supersport 300 making an appearance for the first time alongside the exciting Australian Superbikes.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation General Manager of Motorsport, Entertainment and Industry, Craig Fletcher, is pleased to confirm the two exciting categories across the three days at the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017.

Craig Fletcher

“With both support categories secured, fans will be able to experience fantastic on-track action at the event. The Supersport 300 provides young riders the opportunity to compete on the world-stage.”

The Australian Superbikes are a fan favourite, with up to 40 Superbike machines starting on the grid. The Superbike races again will form the final round of the Phillip Island Championship.

Brandon Demmery pictured here engaged in an early tussle with Oli Bayliss - Image by TBG
Brandon Demmery and Oli Bayliss fighting it out for the Supersport 300 lead – Image by TBG

Three-time Superbike World Champion, Troy Bayliss, is excited to watch his 13-year-old son Oli Bayliss compete in the Supersport 300 class at Phillip Island at the same event as the MotoGP elite.

Troy Bayliss

“The shift in classes has seen the boom of the Supersport 300, where young riders and future talent have a chance to gain professional experience. It will be great to see Oli race at the international Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017 for the first time.”

Troy Bayliss
Troy Bayliss 

Motorcycling Australia CEO, Peter Doyle, is looking forward to bringing to fruition the new direction of having the Supersport 300 class as a support category at the event.

Peter Doyle – Motorcycling Australia CEO

“We want to attract up and coming riders to the class and we certainly encourage them to apply for the opportunity to race at an international event. With a jam-packed on-track schedule, we are excited about another thrilling and successful Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix showcasing world-class racing.”

Peter Doyle has been announced CEO of Motorcycling Australia.
Peter Doyle

To register your interest to ride in the support categories at the event please go to the MotoGP.com.au website (link). For more general information about the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017 please visit www.motogp.com.au.