Their rivalry is already legendary on a number of sporting fronts, and now Australia and New Zealand are adding another chapter with the launch of the inaugural FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup, which will be staged at the International Island Classic at Phillip Island from January 27-29.

Island Classic -Beau Beaton, Jeremy McWilliams, Glen Richards - Image: Russell Colvin

Island Classic -Beau Beaton, Jeremy McWilliams, Glen Richards – Image: Russell Colvin

Results of the Aussie and Kiwi battles in the International Challenge multi-team event will be counted towards the Cup, and the country which amasses the most points will be crowned the maiden champion.

Island Classic - Pete Byers - Image: Russell Colvin

Island Classic – Pete Byers – Image: Russell Colvin

The FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup was launched today by Peter Doyle, FIM Oceania Deputy President and Motorcycling Australia’s CEO.

Island Classic -Beau Beaton - Image: Russell Colvin

Beau Beaton – Image: Russell Colvin

“In the interest of fostering the rich and lengthy trans-Tasman race history with our fellow motorcycling enthusiasts and competitors from New Zealand, FIM Oceania will for the first time host the FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup in 2017 at the International Island Classic,”said Doyle.

Island Classic - Simon Richards - Image: Russell Colvin

Simon Richards – Image: Russell Colvin

“The FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup is designed to showcase Aussie and Kiwi competitors in a traditional, friendly rivalry – but for bragging rights of course! The plan is to grow the FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup as an annual event.

“We are looking forward to welcoming New Zealand competitors and friends from ‘across the ditch’ on January 27 at the world famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.”

Island Classic - Jed Metcher and team in 2016 - Image: Russell Colvin

Island Classic – Jed Metcher and team in 2016 – Image: Russell Colvin

Australia’s fortunes in the Cup will be determined by Jed Metcher, Chas Hern, Shawn Giles, Alex Phillis, John Allen, Scott Webster, Steve Martin, Cameron Donald and Beau Beaton, and in the Kiwi corner will be Damian Mackie, Damien Kavney, Danny Deste, Glenn Hindle, Roger Gunn, Vince Sharpe, Simon Richards, Duncan Coutts and Pete Byers.

Island Classic - Damien Kavney - Image: Russell Colvin

Damien Kavney – Image: Russell Colvin

Now in its 13th year, the International Challenge (for bikes manufactured between 1973 and 1984) features teams from Australia, New Zealand, the USA, UK and Ireland.

Island Classic - Jed Metcher and Beau Beaton - Image: Russell Colvin

Island Classic – Jed Metcher and Beau Beaton – Image: Russell Colvin

As well as looking to reclaim the International Challenge from the UK, the Aussies now have another title to aim for with the FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup.

For tickets for the International Island Classic visit www.islandclassic.com.au.

Island Classic - Roger Gunn - Image: Russell Colvin

Roger Gunn – Image: Russell Colvin

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