FX SBK Championship looking to expand in 2012 after advances to combine with ASBK rebuffed
All five partners in the Australian Road & Track Rider Promotions company (ARTRP) are looking forward to a third year of continued growth in 2012 for the extremely successful Australian FX-Superbike Championship Series, which will continue to be sanctioned by the AASA.
In the FX-Superbike Championships short history ARTRP has put together an affordable extremely high profile level playing field championship series that has grown each year, even in difficult financial times.
While ongoing expansion is important ARTRP is very mindful of the need to keep competitor costs as low as possible while still providing a professionally run championship that can be relied upon by all stakeholders.
ARTRP is currently putting together a calendar for next year that will be announced in the very near future, which is likely to include an expansion into another State.
With regard to expansion ARTRP has always been prepared to canvas all opportunities providing they are aimed at improving real growth in road racing for the stakeholders.
To that end ARTRP had been from late 2010, first discussing, then entered into serious negotiations with Motorcycling Australia Ltd (MA) to find a possible way to combine the ASBK with the FX Superbike Championship from 2012 on. Unfortunately MA decided last Monday that they wished to continue on operating the ASBK separately.
The feedback ARTRP has received from competitors, sponsors and stakeholders alike, is they enjoy being involved in and appreciate and value the Australian FX-Superbike Championship Series delivers. Plus the extensive TV coverage which, not only, includes Pay TV on SPEED but also national free to air coverage on SBS and 24/7 website downloads for all classes at all rounds. This exposure for the sport is what has been delivered over the Australian FX-Superbike Championships history and will continue to grow and improve with time.
The ARTRP Board is now 100% focussed on putting together for 2012 the best year so far of the Australian FX-Superbike Championship Series for all stakeholders.
– Editor’s note: MA has been contacted for comment. We believe that MA first contacted FX to enter discussions in c