The 2020 ASBK season is set to return mid November!
The ASBK Management Team have been working closely with circuits and key stakeholders to ensure that a revised 2020 Australian Superbike Championship can proceed for ASBK teams, sponsors and fans. They now announce that the 2020 ASBK is set to return mid November.
A recent survey of the paddock showed a clear majority supported the choice to keep moving forward with the 2020 Championship, subject to an easing of current COVID-19 restrictions.
The ASBK Management Team sincerely appreciate the effort, time and perspectives presented by riders and teams as part of their feedback, and thanks them for participating in the recent survey.
All involved with ASBK can appreciate this season has been a very tough year for many, and in an ever-changing environment, the ASBK Management Team has had to make some tough decisions regarding the Championship based on what’s best for the Championship at this difficult time.
Management understand the frustrations of the ASBK paddock during this unprecedented time, and they thank them for their patience and applaud them for their flexibility and support.
From the outset ASBK has committed to riders and teams that they would make crucial decisions in a timely manner, and as the current border restrictions will likely not be resolved by October, today the tough decision to cancel Round Two at Wakefield Park Raceway was made. ASBK would like to thank the Wakefield Park Raceway for their tireless work, flexibility and understanding.
ASBK is committed to returning to Wakefield Park Raceway in 2021, who have recently announced some very exciting expansion and development plans that will benefit the future of ASBK racing for riders and fans at the venue. The ASBK Management Team is committed to return to racing in 2020 as they want to award a champion worthy of a crown.
The Management Team are pleased to advise the next round of the ASBK Championship will be Round Two, to be held at The Bend Motorsport Park, South Australia, on November 22.
“I am absolutely thrilled to see ASBK returning to The Bend in November,” said The Bend Motorsport Park Managing Director, Dr Sam Shahin. “The event promises to be yet another spectacular display of skill and courage if last year is anything to go by.
“The resumption of the championship is a true testament of the sport, the riders, the teams, the owners and just reward for Motorcycling Australia’s sheer commitment to run a championship in 2020.”
The Bend is hopeful to welcome spectators at Round Two at The Bend and hope to confirm these details in the coming weeks.
The ASBK Grand Finale for 2020 will be conducted as a double-header round, Rounds Three and Four over four-days, at Winton Motorway Raceway, December 3-6. The Australian Superbike Championship has had a long and prestigious history at Winton Motor Raceway spanning decades.
In 2018 at Winton Motor Raceway we saw bar to bar racing and both the Australian Supersport and Superbike class championships decided in spectacular style. Winton Motor Raceway is a racetrack that always delivers exciting action.
Winton Motor Raceway Operations Manager, Jeff Grech, said: “Winton Motor Raceway is very excited to be hosting the double header Grand Finale round of the Australian Superbike Championship over the weekend of December 3-6. It’s an absolute privilege to have the best riders in Australia racing here at our improved circuit which will allow more passing opportunities and safer racing.
“Turns 3 and 4 have new wider kerbing and the flag point bunker between turns 1 and 2 has been repositioned to the outside of the track behind the tyre wall for improved safety. I’m sure it will be a cracker weekend at Winton Raceway and after a year of COVID-19 limited racing, the Australian Superbike Family will be welcomed in our region with open arms.”
The ability to welcome spectators at rounds 3 and 4 will be reviewed closer to the event following consultation with relevant the Victorian Government.
ASBK can advise that Winton Motor Raceway are planning to host 2 days of practice in late October (mid-week) aimed at Victorian based ASBK riders who have been unable to ride for a number of months and require crucial track time before the restart of the ASBK Championship.
It is hoped the dates for the 2-day practice sessions will be confirmed in the coming weeks as ASBK and Winton Motor Raceway continue to review Victorian Government regulations.
During the many challenges and adjustments of 2020, ASBK Management Team have been focused on producing the best championship possible, and are pleased to announce that ASBK Round Two at The Bend and both Rounds Three and Four at Winton Motor Raceway (Saturday and Sunday) will be broadcast live through ASBK TV partners on SBSHD, Fox Sports Australia, Fox Sports Asia.