2021 ASBK Classes Announced
Six highly competitive national classes will provide intense competition in the 2021 mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul.
With the expansion of new teams and riders joining the ASBK paddock, and other riders stepping up into higher classes, the 2021 ASBK Championship is shaping up to be a corker.
Headlining ASBK will be the Kawasaki Superbike class with Australia’s premier riders attempting to dethrone 2020 ASBK Superbike Champion, Wayne Maxwell.
The Superbike class will battle it out over seven rounds across Australia and feature the all new Australian All Wheels Race Fest at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, and joining with Supercars at Hidden Valley Raceway.
The Superbikes also returns to circuits including Winton Motor Raceway, Wakefield Park Raceway and Morgan Park Raceway.
They then head to the fast and flowing The Bend Motorsport Park for the International Superbike Doubleheader with the FIM Asia Road Racing Championships and at Round Seven with further event details yet to be announced.
With new young riders stepping up from the Supersport class into Superbikes and expanded teams in 2021, the competition is expected to be intense.
The Supersport class will fire into action at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit for Round One of six.
The Motorsports TV Supersport class is the feeder category into Superbikes and important breeding ground that can be the springboard for riders wanting to compete in WorldSBK and other international Championships.
With several Supersport 300 riders moving up into the class this year, the Motorsports TV Supersport class should be even more competitive in 2021.
The take no prisoners YMI Supersport 300 class is expected to again see very strong grids in 2021 with riders progressing from the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup, as well as new teams joining the ASBK paddock.
The Supersport 300 class will race over Six Rounds, starting at Phillip Island which always provides spectacular close racing as riders attempt to gain the edge on their rivals.
The class then moves to Winton Motor Raceway and Wakefield Park Raceway which in previous years has provided sensational handlebar to handlbar action, before heading north to Morgan Park Raceway, where the ASBK fans come out in big numbers, and will then join the International Superbike Doubleheader at the Bend Motorsport Park.
The Yamaha R3 Cup – a highly successful one-make initiative featuring the Yamaha R3 offering an inexpensive entry level package into road racing – returns in 2021 and will again field strong numbers in the class. Many of the R3 Cup competitors will also cross enter into the YMI Supersport 300 class.
The Yamaha R3 Cup in 2021 will compete across Five Rounds including Phillip Island, Winton Motor Raceway, Wakefield Park Raceway, Morgan Park Raceway and at round seven with further event details to come.
The bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup, in its third year of competition, will see a capacity field of 20 of Australia’s best up and coming junior riders line up on the grid at six of Australia’s best venues guaranteeing to entertain race fans.
Also returning in 2021 will be the Horsell Australian F1 and F2 Sidecar Championship, which will join the ASBK Championship at Winton Motor Raceway and Wakefield Park Raceway.
Motorcycling Australia CEO – Peter Doyle
“ASBK has become a world class product that continues to provide spectacular on-track action for race fans and riders, and 2021 is shaping up to be the biggest year of ASBK ever. ASBK continues to grow, and we have seen a significant increase in fan engagement both here in Australia and from overseas. Additionally we have seen international team recognising the quality of our Championship with riders leaving our shores to compete in international championships, acknowledging the quality of the ASBK Championship. We will have six strong ASBK classes of competition from our junior road racing academy – the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup – right through to Australia’s fastest two wheel riders in the Superbike class. We can’t wait to see the 2021 ASBK Championship fire into action next month.”
2021 Australian Superbike Championship Calendar
|R1||Australian All Wheels Race Fest (SBK, SSP, SSP300, R3, OJC)||Phillip Island, VIC||Feb 19-21, 2021|
|R2||Winton Motor Raceway (SBK, SSP, SSP300, R3, OJC, Sidecar)||Benalla, VIC||Mar 12-14, 2021|
|R3||Wakefield Park Raceway (SBK, SSP, SSP300, R3, OJC, Sidecar)||Goulburn, NSW||Apr 16-18, 2021|
|R4||Hidden Valley Raceway (SBK Only)||Darwin NT||Jun 18-20, 2021|
|R5||Morgan Park Raceway (SBK, SSP, SSP300, R3, OJC)||Warwick QLD||Aug 20-22, 2021|
|R6||The Bend Motorsport Park (SBK, SSP, SSP300)||The Bend, SA||Sep 23-26, 2021|
bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup 2021 Championship Calendar
With a capacity field in 2021, the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup (OJC), now in its third year of competition, has provided tantalising racing for fans in Australia and overseas.
The OJC will kick-start its season at one of the worlds most respected and loved tracks, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Victoria, as part of the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul (ASBK) and the Australian All Wheels Race Fest, February 19-21.
The OJC riders will then undertake a two-day intensive training program as part of the academies’ development program, headed by former MotoGP rider and Official OJC Coach, Damian Cudlin, at Winton Motor Raceway, February 23-24.
Riders will be taught riding/racing techniques, fitness assessment and testing, career planning, media and sponsorship training.
The Yamaha YZF-R15 show then heads north with ASBK to Benalla’s Winton Motor Raceway for round 2, March 12-14, which always produces very tight racing.
OJC then heads interstate for round 3 with the ASBK to Goulburn, Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW, April16-18.
OJC will returning to action after the mid-season break for round 4 at Queensland’s Morgan Park Raceway, August 20-22; as part of round 5 of the ASBK Championship.
Rounds 5 and 6 of the OJC are yet to be announced, and with venues and dates to be announced soon.
Motorcycling Australia Operations Director, Martin Port
“From the world-famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, where riders will learn the art of slipstreaming, to the tight and technical tracks of Winton Motor Raceway and Wakefield Park Raceway, to the undulating and technical Morgan Park Raceway, the 2021 OJC calendar has it all and provides the diversity required from a development perspective.”
2021 bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup Calendar
- Rnd 1 – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Cowes, VIC, February 19-21
- 2-Day Coaching Program – Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, VIC, February 23-24
- Rnd 2 – Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, VIC, March 12-14
- Rnd 3 – Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn, NSW, April 16-18
- Rnd 4 – Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick, QLD, August 20-22
- Rnd 5 – TBC, October
- Rnd 6 – Symmons Plains, Tasmania, November 4-7
2021 bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup Field
|40||Oliver Skinner||Brighton, TAS|
|42||Riley Nauta||Worongary, QLD|
|46||William Hunt||Mulgoa Rise, NSW|
|41||Hudson Thompson||Charmhaven, NSW|
|13||Marcus Hamod||Bulli, NSW|
|66||Lachlan Moody||Mt Louisa, QLD|
|14||Harrison Watts||Cashmere, QLD|
|33||Jack Favelle||Cattai, NSW|
|12||Nikolas Lakusic||Forestdale, QLD|
|68||Ryan Larkin||Gonn Crossing, VIC|
|48||Valentino Knezovic||Ryde, NSW|
|93||Tate McClure||Mitre, VIC|
|18||Elijah Andrew||Marayong, NSW|
|65||Nate O’Neill||Silkstone, QLD|
|26||Cameron Swain||Warner, QLD|
|27||Toby James||HMAS Cerberus, VIC|
|72||Levi Russo||Narellan, NSW|
|35||Varis Fleming||Beaconsfield, VIC|
|71||James Weaver||North Gosford, NSW|
|29||Hayden Nelson||Hillville, NSW|