Motorcycling Australia

ASBK 2017 Goes Live!

MA News - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 9:01am
Set to be Live Streamed for 6 hours on race day, ASBK Live will cover the YMI Superbikes, Supersport, Supersport 300, YMF R3 Cup, Moto3/125GP and the Australian GP Juniors. Live streaming and on demand will be available on www.asbk.com.au and motorsportstv.com.au

The new live broadcast package will take place from round two, due to be held at Wakefield Park Raceway on March 19, while round one, held at the Phillip Island WSBK, February 23-26 will feature as a delayed telecast on Fox Sport and SBS.

The ASBK is extremely excited to welcome on board AVE as the TV production partner ahead of the huge 2017 race season. AVE have fulfilled the long overdue desire for the ASBK to be aired live on multiple platforms and to reach a broader national and international audience.

SBS Head of Sport, Ken Shipp stated, "We are thrilled to be part of the evolution of the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship, and provide live viewing opportunities to our audience of a very exciting sport. The ASBK has come along in leaps and bounds and live TV was the obvious and necessary step for the sport to continue its forward momentum. SBS is proud to be part of this important milestone.

?SBS has long been a great supporter of motorsports both domestically and internationally. SBS has worked with AVE in the past and we can't wait to assist in the growth of the ASBK by providing an accessible platform." Shipp finished. 

The ASBK also welcomes back Fox Sports, now in its third consecutive year of partnership and have been instrumental in adding to the success of the championship, boasting a very large audience base nationally.

Motorcycling Australia's CEO, Peter Doyle added; "The Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship has gone from strength to strength in the past couple of years as the popularity of the ASBK now shows. Over a long period, we have all worked hard together to shape the ASBK into what we all envisaged it could be.

"We have seen encouraging sponsorship commitments, incredible factory and team support, as well as overwhelming volunteer support for the ASBK. The opportunity to showcase our strong talent pool by televising the ASBK via Live Steam and free to air has come from the outcry of fans everywhere. This is just another indicator of how much interest there is domestically and internationally in the ASBK." Doyle concluded. 2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Calendar:

·      Round 1 Phillip Island GP Circuit, WSBK, VIC        23-26 February
·      Round 2 Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW                 17-19 March
·      Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                      28-30 April
·      Round 4  (TBC)                                                           June
·      Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warick, QLD         25-27 August
·      Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                           8- 10 September 
       Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                            6-10 October

Stay up to date with all the latest news and updates from the ASBK by liking ASBK on Facebook, following the @asbk on Instagram and checking out the ASBK website here.

PHILLIP ISLAND SETS THE STAGE FOR YAMAHA MOTOR FINANCE AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

MA News - Wed, 15/02/2017 - 7:00pm
Contested alongside the Yamaha Finance round of the Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) and with the attention of the globe firmly placed upon the picturesque 4.445-kilometre circuit, Australia?s finest Superbike talent will open their accounts for the season ahead.

Leading the charge will be defending champion Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing), sporting the elusive number one plate after claiming last year?s crown at Winton during October. Currently armed with the very CBR1000RR SP that he clinched last year?s title aboard, he anxiously awaits Honda?s brand new 2017 edition and will enter with form on his side.

Out to upstage him from the first round onwards will be highly-credentialed Yamaha Racing Team duo Glenn Allerton and Wayne Maxwell after the former champions finished two and three in the standings last year. Between them they boast four ASBK titles - Allerton in 2008, 2011 and 2014, with Maxwell topping 2013.

Back on the grid full-time for this year will be two-time champion Josh Waters, who made headlines last week when it was formally announced that he has joined the brand new Team Suzuki Ecstar effort, reunited with technical guru Phil Tainton - the pairing that soared to the 2009 and 2012 championships. He will be on-board the spectacular new GSX-R1000R from the outset, albeit with minimal preparation entering the opener.

Poised to challenge them the entire distance will be returning fellow former champion Bryan Staring - the 2010 champion before embarking on an international career including MotoGP - alongside Herfoss and reunited with the Paul Free-led factory Honda organisation. It?s been a case of so far, so good during testing for the experienced Western Australia in his homecoming.

The talent-packed 43-rider Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance (YMI) Superbike field extends well beyond the  previous champions however, with a who?s who of notable names making for one of the deepest line-ups to enter a new season in the history of the ASBK.

After departing the factory team at the end of last year, race winner and current national number four Cru Halliday will be back with a vengeance within his own program aboard the familiar YZF-R1M. Also Yamaha-equipped will be JD Racing front-runner Daniel Falzon, who himself is determined to overcome the factory might in a bid for the premier class title.

Perhaps the most topical Yamaha-supported newcomer at this point is Michael Blair, who stunned onlookers by topping the time-sheets during January?s Official ASBK Test at Phillip Island. Entering his first full season and with recent Asia Road Racing Championship experience on his side, Blair could be a podium factor sooner, rather than later.

And returning to the ASBK series in 2017 is Kawasaki BCperformance?s Robbie Bugden, the ever-popular Queenslander who is eager to once again establish himself among the championship?s elite. As the rounds tick over, expect Bugden to gain strength on the world championship-proven ZX-10R entry, and same goes for Matthew Walters (Kawasaki Connection), back this time for a complete campaign.

A strong assortment of youthful rookie riders will be sure to bolster this year?s championship, including Callum Spriggs (DesmoSport Ducati), who fills the large shoes of European-bound 2015 title-winner Mike Jones, as well as reigning Australian Supersport champion Troy Guenther (Next Gen Motorsports BMW), Bugden?s teammate Kyle Buckley (Kawasaki BCperformance) and another Yamaha charger in Mitch Levy.

A local favourite in the mix is certain to be the versatile Chas Hern, who has joined forces with MV Agusta Australia to mount an assault on the ASBK from round one. Hern is no stranger to entering exotic machinery at a national level, previously picking up a stunning race podium with EBR at Morgan Park two seasons ago.

Phillip Island will feature a trio of nail-biting 12-lap races to open the 2017 championship, which will set the stage for the season to come to throughout a selection of the country?s leading circuits. You can?t win the championship at round one, but it can certainly be lost and that?s why every step will count along the way.

The action definitely doesn?t stop there, with filled grids of Supersport (35 entries) and the new-look Supersport 300 (48 entries) division also set to produce traditional ASBK-type entertainment galore on WorldSBK weekend with a host of hugely-capable national competitors, before the YMF R3 Cup, Moto3/125GP and GP Juniors will join the fray throughout latter stages of the series.

In Supersport, which has produced many of the finest racers in the sport over the years, last year?s third-place finisher in the championship Luke Mitchell (DPH Motorsport Yamaha) is the early favourite on paper, as last year?s 1-2 - Guenther and Sam Clarke - have both moved on to new challenges.

Mitchell won?t have it all his own way by any means though, as in testing it was fearless rising talent Mark Chiodo (Repsol Gas Racing Triumph) who produced the fastest time during official testing. Also keep an eye on class debutants Tom Toparis (Cube Racing Kawasaki) and last year?s R3 Cup winner Zac Levy (Yamaha) for added fireworks, among multiple other up and comers.

The Supersport 300 category is shaping up to be just as frantic, with a full grid boasting a wide range of road racing experience and some very handy title threats. Title-holders Brandon Demmery (Over 300cc, Yamaha) and Drew Sells (Up To 300cc, Kawasaki) will both be back to defend their hard-earned championships of one year ago.

Oli Bayliss, son of three-time WorldSBK champion and DesmoSport Ducati co-owner Troy Bayliss, will also be a welcome addition as he embarks on a full season of ASBK competition within the Supersport 300 development ranks as part of Cube Racing, under the invaluable instruction of his world-famous father.

Tickets for the Yamaha Finance round of the WorldSBK are available through Ticketek, with a three-day general admission pass costing $120 - a saving of $35 over the gate price. BarSBK passes are $260, while adult single-day passes cost $30 for Friday, $65 for Saturday and $80 for Sunday (children aged 15 and under are free). Camping is available for up to four nights for $105.

For tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au, otherwise for more event information ring the Superbike Hotline on 1300 728 007 or visit www.worldsbk.com.au. Additional details on round one of the YMF ASBK series, as well as rounds two through seven, are available at www.asbk.com.au.

EOI to host Road Race Championship Events in 2018-2019 now open

MA News - Tue, 14/02/2017 - 11:00am
An Australian Championship is the pinnacle of competition in Australia and a great way to promote your club and your community whilst providing an opportunity for your local riders to compete amongst the best in Australia. These meetings not only bring competitors and spectators from all over Australia, but in some cases competitors from all over the world.
 
The following Championships are now available for hosting by suitable applicants:
  • Historic Road Race (2018 & 2019)
Please return completed Expression of Interest form to: Motorcycling Australia's Event Organiser ? Road Race, Liz Galazkiewicz roadrace@ma.org.au

The closing date for 2018 applications is Monday, 20 March 2017.
Upon receipt of your club?s Expression of Interest, Motorcycling Australia will send additional information on the specific championship and the requirements therein.
 
Expression of Interest forms for Australian Motorcycle Sport National Championships can be found by clicking here, or by visiting the ?Forms? section of the Motorcycling Australia

EOI to host Supermoto Championship Events in 2018-2019 now open

MA News - Tue, 14/02/2017 - 10:17am
An Australian Championship is the pinnacle of competition in Australia and a great way to promote your club and your community whilst providing an opportunity for your local riders to compete amongst the best in Australia. These meetings not only bring competitors and spectators from all over Australia, but in some cases competitors from all over the world.
 
The following Championships are now available for hosting by suitable applicants:
  • Supermoto (2018 & 2019)
Please return completed Expression of Interest form to: Motorcycling Australia's Event Organiser ? Road Race, Liz Galazkiewicz roadrace@ma.org.au

The closing date for 2018 applications is Monday, 20 March 2017.
Upon receipt of your club?s Expression of Interest, Motorcycling Australia will send additional information on the specific championship and the requirements therein.
 
Expression of Interest forms for Australian Motorcycle Sport National Championships can be found by clicking here, or by visiting the ?Forms? section of the Motorcycling Australia

World?s Motorcycling Elite Descend on Phillip Island MotoGP this week?World SBK next week

MA News - Mon, 13/02/2017 - 3:49pm
All 12 MotoGP teams will assemble on the thrilling 4.445km circuit with their permanent riders (and some test pilots in the case of the factory teams), including Aussie Jack Miller (Honda) who will be looking to continue the positive gains he made in 2017's first hitout at Sepang less than three weeks ago.
 
All the other stars of MotoGP will be on location at the world's motorcycle racing mecca, including world champion Marc Marquez (Honda), Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati), Dani Pedrosa (Honda), Cal Crutchlow (Honda), Maverick Vinales (Yamaha), Andrea Iannone (Suzuki) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati).
 
Over the weekend, the track converts to a WorldSBK paddock with the final shakedown Monday and Tuesday February 20-21.
 
It will provide the factory and satellite teams from Kawasaki, Ducati, Yamaha, Aprilia and MV Agusta the chance to fine-tune their machines ahead of the Yamaha Finance-backed round one (Feb 24-26), while Honda has a little bit more work to do with its all-new CBR1000RR SP2 ? but has some supreme talent at its disposal in the form of Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl.
 
Kawasaki's world champion Jonathan Rea has already been ultra-impressive in WorldSBK pre-season testing, while Chaz Davies (Ducati), Tom Sykes (Kawasaki), Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia), Marco Melandri (Ducati), Alex Lowes (Yamaha), Xavi Fores (Ducati), Leon Camier (MV Agusta) and Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) have also produced some impressive performances.
 
Aussie WorldSBK wildcard Josh Brookes will also be present at the test session, riding the Yamaha which took him to 2015 British superbike glory, while the WorldSSP riders will also take to the circuit with Aussies Aiden Wagner (Honda), teenager Lachlan Epis (Kawasaki) and wildcard Anthony West (Yamaha) and Matt Edwards (Triumph) among the throng.
 
Three days later, the world superbike and world supersport boys get down to business for 2017 with round one; backed by the season kick off for the seven round 2017 championship for Australian superbike, supersport and supersport 300. Grids are packed for action packed qualifying Friday (Feb 24); racing and final qualifying Saturday (Feb 25); and back to back racing Sunday (Feb 26).
 
WorldSBK TICKETS for February 24-26, 2017 opening round
Tickets are available from Ticketek, with a three-day general admission at just $120*, saving $35 on the gate price. Also available via Ticketek are BarSBK passes at $260* with undercover viewing locations at the circuit?s most spectacular points: Doohan Corner, Lukey Heights and Siberia. Adult single day tickets start at $30* for Friday, $65* for Saturday and $80* for Sunday, purchased in advance.
 
Also, make the most of a visit to beautiful Phillip Island in summer and camp at the circuit with up to four nights for just $105*.
 
The best news for families is that children 15 and under are free^ for both the event and circuit camping.
 
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.worldsbk.com.au

Speedway 2018 Championships Calendar Released

MA News - Mon, 13/02/2017 - 3:22pm
With the exciting 2017 Australian Speedway Championships now wrapped up, we have seen new champions crowned and many of our talented riders are heading overseas to mix it with the world's best Speedway competitors, before once again returning to home shores for the 2018 season.

The Australian Speedway Senior Solo Championship will be started, run, done and dusted inside a week in 2018. Four gruelling rounds deciding Senior Solo Championship glory will be held in multiple locations across the country, kicking off January 06 in Kurri Kurri for Round 1 before moving south to Undera in central Victoria, then onto the major tri-state border town of Mildura and winding up at Gillman Speedway in South Australia on the 14th January.

The Under 16 250cc solo, 125cc Solo and 125cc Teams Championships is currently listed for 25-28 January and will slot into the Speedway calendar after the Under 21's Solo Championship, scheduled for 20 January in Mildura. The Australian Speedway Sidecar Championship will feature in April at Tamworth, New South Wales, which is a new location on the Sidecar schedule in 2018.

  6-Jan   Australian Senior Solo Championship     Round 1      Kurri Kurri, NSW  
                                                                          
10-Jan    Australian Senior Solo Championship    Round 2              Undera, VIC
                                                                                          
12-Jan    Australian Senior Solo Championship    Round 3              Mildura, VIC
                                                                                                    
14-Jan    Australian Senior Solo Championship Round 4 Gillman Speedway, SA
                                                                   
20-Jan     Australian U21's Solo Championship                                Mildura, VIC

* 25-28 Jan  Australian U16 250cc / 125cc Solo 125cc Teams Championships   
                                                                                                  Mildura, VIC
13-14 April  Australian Speedway Sidecar Championship        Tamworth, NSW  
                                                                                    
Further calendar announcements regarding Supp regs, Australian Speedway Championship, World Cup Speedway and Oceania Speeway events will be made in due coarse.
 
For further information on the Australian Speedway Championships, head to www.ma.org.au

Keep up to date with all Australian Speedway Championship news by heading to the MA Speedway Commission Facebook page or the  Motorcycling Australia website for results and pictures, and as always, follow us on the Motorcycling Australia Facebook and Instagram pages.

*Dates provisionally listed

EOI to host 2019 Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE) is now open

MA News - Mon, 13/02/2017 - 11:08am
The Australian Four Day Enduro is the pinnacle of Off-Road competition in Australia and a great way to promote your club and your community whilst providing an opportunity for your local riders to compete amongst the best in Australia. This meeting not only brings competitors and spectators from all over Australia, but in some cases competitors from all over the world.
 
Please return completed Expression of Interest form to: Motorcycling Australia's Event Coordinator ? Off-Road, Matthew Falvo (offroad@ma.org.au)

The closing date for 2019 applications is Friday June 2, 2017. Upon receipt of your club?s Expression of Interest, Motorcycling Australia will send additional information on the specific championship and the requirements therein.
 
Expression of Interest forms for Australian Motorcycle Sport National Championships can be found by clicking here, or by visiting the ?Forms? section of the Motorcycling Australia website.

EOI to host MX Championship events 2018-2019 now open

MA News - Mon, 13/02/2017 - 10:21am
An Australian Championship is the pinnacle of competition in Australia and a great way to promote your club and your community whilst providing an opportunity for your local riders to compete amongst the best in Australia. These meetings not only bring competitors and spectators from all over Australia, but in some cases competitors from all over the world.
 
The following Championships are now available for hosting by suitable applicants:
  • Junior Motocross (2019 only)
  • ATV Motocross (2018 & 2019)
  • Classic Motocross (2018 & 2019)
  • Post Classic Motocross (2018 & 2019)
Please return completed Expression of Interest form to: Motorcycling Australia's Event Coordinator ? Off-Road, Matthew Falvo at offroad@ma.org.au

The closing date for 2018 applications and 2019 Junior Motocross is Friday April 14, 2017. Upon receipt of your club?s Expression of Interest, Motorcycling Australia will send additional information on the specific championship and the requirements therein.
 
Expression of Interest forms for Australian Motorcycle Sport National Championships can be found by clicking here, or by visiting the ?Forms? section of the Motorcycling Australia website.

For further information regarding helmets or 2017 competition in general, click here or visit the Motorcycling Australia website here

2017 Conference of FIM Commissions

MA News - Sun, 12/02/2017 - 9:04am
The annual gathering of the FIM Commissions is one of the most important occasions in the FIM?s year when the members of the FIM Board of Directors, the members of the FIM Commissions and the FIM Administration meet and exchange views and information. It is also a great occasion to celebrate and recognise the achievements of dedicated volunteers.

This year, the FIM will also be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the International Sustainability Commission (CID). This Commission, formerly known as the International Environment Commission, has recently changed its name in recognition of the FIM?s commitment to organisation of sustainable events.

The Conference of FIM Commissions highlighted the three strategic focuses of Sport, Beyond Sport, and Volunteers.

The Plenary Session of the Conference on Saturday morning included a presentation entitled ?Focus on Commissions? highlighting key projects and challenges.

There followed a ?View from the Motorcycle Industry? presented by Mr Edwin Bastiaensen, Secretary General of IMMA (International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association). He outlined the structure and aims of IMMA and some of the association?s members? key projects, some of which are of considerable interest to the FIM.

The thematic part of the Session concluded with a workshop on ?Identifying key skills and knowledge?. This is part of an initiative launched by the FIM under the umbrella of its Strategic Plan to develop and nurture the skills of its volunteers by various means including training delivered through a digital Academy.

At the end of the Plenary Session, honorary positions were awarded and loyal service awards were presented to members of the FIM Commissions.

The various FIM Commissions then met on Saturday afternoon and Sunday to review the latest season and discuss the challenges they face, improvements that need to be made and targets for the coming season and beyond. The Board of Directors meeting and a number of seminars and Board Committee meetings were also held in the days preceding the Plenary Session.

FIM Chief Executive Officer Steve Aeschlimann expressed his satisfaction following the annual FIM gathering. ?The Conference of the FIM Commissions remains a very important opportunity to meet with all the members of the FIM Commissions. It gives us an opportunity to explore our shared objectives and to exchange views on how we can best work together to reach our targets. This gathering of the FIM family is also the perfect moment to thank and reward the volunteers for their valuable dedication to the FIM. These people are a pillar of the Federation and of motorcycling in general and without them, our sport would not be what it is today.?


2017 One Event Competition licence introduction

MA News - Fri, 10/02/2017 - 3:00pm
One event competition licences have been the focus of the review, specifically the One Meeting Competition licence (7 & Over) and Senior One Meeting National Competition licence (16 & Over). The aim of the review has been to streamline the licencing structure and in turn reduce the overall cost.

The volume of riders purchasing 'One Meeting Competition' and 'Senior One Meeting National' licences means by combining the structure and values of both licences MA have eliminated the need for two different one event licences.
 
The decision to combine the two licences and formulate a new, all encompassing 'One Event Competition' licence that provides the benefits of both licences was made by the respective boards and is now offered to members at the set rate of $75.00.

The newly revised 'One Event Competition' licence, combines all of the eligibilities of the now, amalgamated licences. The 'One Event Competition' licence now covers riders for eligibility in; Practice, Coaching, Recreation events, Club and Inter-Club events and National/ Open events. The One Event Competition licence offers a fantastic amount of flexibility for members to better suit their specific competition licencing requirements at a reasonable rate.

Competition licencing information can be found on page 33, chapter 3.1.2 of the 2017 Manual of Motorsport (MoMS) For further information on licencing and guidelines, visit the Motorcycling Australia website here. 

Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship - Round 1

MA News - Fri, 10/02/2017 - 12:55pm
Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship - Round 1 Date  1 April, 2017 Venue Undera, VIC Event Details http://www.ma.org.au/index.php?id=1806

MA Saftey - Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy

MA News - Fri, 10/02/2017 - 12:11pm
The MA Safety -Drug and Alcohol Program commenced in September 2014. The program focused on educational reform regarding the dangers of illicit drug and alcohol use, in particular the implications of operating motorcycles while affected by drugs or alcohol. The initiative focused on re-education and prevention, rather than enforcement.

The major outcome of the developmental Drug and Alcohol Program was that any participant whom produced non-negative results were excluded from the event in the interest of general safety.
 
Members and Officials have indicated the desire for tougher penalties and sanctions in relation to riders returning a non-negative or a positive test for illicit substances and/or alcohol.   
 
MA has further developed our Drug and Alcohol Policy in accordance with best practice procedures, now including disciplinary actions as; exclusions from meetings, compulsory drug and alcohol counselling, along with monetary fines. Changes in the policy have been agreed on by the MA Board in the ?MA Safety ? Drug and Alcohol Policy" on 04 February 2017. 

Click here to view the Drug and Alcohol policy.

Click here to view the testing procedure.

Stay up to date with Motorcycling Australia and Australian Institute of Sport Policies by heading to the MA website for further information.

RULE CLARIFICATION Information Bulletin #1622

MA News - Fri, 10/02/2017 - 10:24am

Rule change effective from:
Immediate

Rule Pertains to:
Number plate & figure colours for machines 501cc - 750cc, and 751cc - Over.

Current Rule in the 2017 Manual of Motorcycle Sport:
10.11.2 Number Plate Colours
10.11.2.1 Number plate colours for Senior and Junior competition must be as follows:



New Rule after Change:
10.11.2 Number Plate Colours
10.11.2.1 Number plate colours for Senior and Junior competition must be as follows:

Rationale:

Rule was published incorrectly in the 2017 Manual of Motorcycle Sport. The decision was made to align colour combinations with FIM regulations across all State and National road race classes.

Rule change effective from:
Immediate

rules@ma.

Feedback contact: rules@ma.org.au | (03) 9684 0512

RULE CHANGE Information Bulletin #1623

MA News - Thu, 09/02/2017 - 6:57pm
RULE CHANGE
Information Bulletin #1623

09 February 2017
Affected Discipline:
Road Race
Rule Pertains to:
Handlebar modifications in the Production Class

Current Rule in the 2017 Manual of Motorcycle Sport:
10.21.4 Permitted Modifications

10.21.4.1 The following may be replaced or modified:
?
i) Handlebars and handlebar mounted levers, but replacement handlebars must be mounted in the original position on the fork assembly or top clamp.

New Rule after Change:
10.21.4 Permitted Modifications

10.21.4.1 The following may be replaced or modified:
?
i) Handlebars, handlebar ends, grips and handlebar mounted levers. Handlebars may be repositioned underneath the top triple clamp providing no other modifications are required to do so. but replacement handlebars must be mounted in the original position on the fork assembly or top clamp.
Rationale:
The R3 cup currently allows for handlebars to be mounted other than in the original position on the fork assembly. Alignment of regulations encourages cross-entry between the Production and R3 Cup classes.

Rule change effective from:
Immediate
Feedback contact: rules@ma.org.au | (03) 9684 0512

Pirelli, Dunlop, Bridgestone and Michelin confirmed for 2017 ASBK

MA News - Thu, 09/02/2017 - 5:01pm
Global top-tier tyre manufacturers, Pirelli, Dunlop, Bridgestone and Michelin have a long and proud history of participating in Australian motorcycle racing and the recent confirmation of their 2017 involvement in the ASBK for the third year running, speaks volumes to the calibre of the Championship.   
 
Pirelli, Dunlop, Bridgestone and Michelin are all names synonymous with the elite status of international motorcycle racing. Providing mutual benefit for manufacturers and race teams alike, riders are presented with many combinations of tyre choices for use in the upcoming race season. The inclusion of Pirelli, Dunlop, Bridgestone and Michelin in the 2017 ASBK, raises the overall profile of the Championship both nationally and internationally, providing greater opportunity and further exposure of both factory and privateer teams.

For tyre manufacturers, benefits of information feedback gained from riders and race teams for use wth their products, is vital. The ASBK is a perfect grounds for tyre development, paving the way for cutting edge tyre design that begins on the racetrack, eventually flowing on to public road use.

Motorcycling Australia (MA) National Technical Officer, Pip Harrison shared his excitement on the announcement; 'It is fantastic that we find ourselves in the position where we have four internationally famous tyre manufactures on board ahead of the 2017 ASBK season. Having such a wide choice of manufacturer gives riders a variety of choices for their preferred tyre brand. This in turn can really play to a riders' increased levels of confidence, thereby increasing performance and lap times. In racing, confidence and improved lap times is everything'. Harrison concluded.

MA Chief Executive Officer, Peter Doyle said, "More choice of tyre means more opportunity for up and coming riders to race to their full potential. They choose the tyre that suits their riding style rather than adapting to one single type. We are absolutely wrapped that Pirelli, Dunlop, Bridgestone and Michelin have all chosen to support the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship for another great year of cutting edge racing." Doyle finished.

For a complete listing of ASBK Homologated Tyres for 2017 and tyre supply contact details, click here.
  2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Calendar:

·      Round 1 Phillip Island GP Circuit, WSBK, VIC        23-26 February
·      Round 2 Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW                 17-19 March
·      Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                      28-30 April
·      Round 4  (TBC)                                                           June
·      Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warick, QLD         25-27 August
·      Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                           8- 10 September 
       Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                            6-10 October

Stay up to date with all the latest news and updates from the ASBK by liking ASBK on Facebook, following the @asbk on Instagram and checking out the ASBK website here.

A SUPERBIKE SCORCHER WITH PACKED GRIDS FOR AUSSIE CLASSES

MA News - Thu, 09/02/2017 - 3:41pm
With 147 riders lining up for the four national classes - Australian superbike, Australian supersport, supersport 300 and historics -  grids in superbikes and supersport 300 are actually oversubscribed and riders will have to be at the best from the word go to make the race cut.* Adding to the pressure, riders in superbike, supersport and supersport 300 will be facing the first round of their seven round national championship, so a shocker in qualifying to miss the start grid would spell disaster for a season launch.  It's all adding up to a spectacular three days of on-track bike action. Sixteen races will be run, comprising the three world championship events in world superbike and world supersport, three races apiece for domestic superbike, supersport and supersport 300, and four outings for the historic bikes of yesteryear. The Australian Superbike Championship has enjoyed a renaissance in the last couple of years, and the popularity of the class is reflected in 43 riders enlisted. And what a line-up across the three 12-lap Yamaha Finance races, with experienced hands like reigning champion Troy Herfoss, Wayne Maxwell, Glenn Allerton; international players returning home like Bryan Staring, Josh Waters, Matt Walters and Alex Phillis; and strong contenders Cru Halliday, Robbie Bugden,  Daniel Falzon and Beau Beaton.  They?ll all lock horns and face an onslaught from the young stars like Michael Blair, Callum Spriggs and Troy Guenther. Blair was the fastest in a recent ASBK test at Phillip Island ahead of Allerton, Falzon and Maxwell. (see further on field in additional story below). Aussie supersport has attracted 35 entries, with Luke Mitchell the most highly credentialed following his third place in the 2016 championship. Mark Chiodo appears the man to beat though after setting a cracking pace at the recent Phillip Island test session. The supersport races will be held over 10 laps. Qualifying alone will throw up a challenge for the 300 supersport competitors, with 48 riders entered! The burgeoning class is proving to be a magnet for experienced riders and emerging talent alike, with a number of the rookies coming straight from dirt track competition ? a discipline that has helped mould a number of Aussie road racing icons like Casey Stoner. WorldSBK icon Troy Bayliss' son Ollie will be one of the riders in the three eight-lap races. Finally, the majority of the 21 riders in historics will be backing up from the recent Island Classic meeting, including Chas Hern, Dean Oughtred and Craig Ditchburn ? the trio most likely to be circulating at the pointy end in the four six-lappers. Meanwhile, the two 22-lap WorldSBK races will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, with WorldSSP (18 laps) starting at 1:30pm on Sunday. Tickets for the Yamaha Finance round of the WorldSBK are available through Ticketek, with a three-day general admission pass costing $120 ? a saving of $35 over the gate price. BarSBK passes, for undercover viewing locations at some of the most spectacular parts of the circuit, are $260, while adult single-day passes cost $30 for Friday, $65 for Saturday and $80 for Sunday. Camping is available for up to four nights for $105.   Best of all, children aged 15 and under are in for free, making the event affordable for families of all sizes. For tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au. For more information ring the Superbike Hotline on 1300 728 007 or visit www.worldsbk.com.au. Aussie superbikes: stars at every turn Australian superbikes promise the best domestic line-up in years and the level of talent sitting on the Phillip Island start list for round one of their seven round 2017 Aussie title chase is quite extraordinary. There?s 43 riders enlisted for the three 12-lap Yamaha Finance races, with a clutch of exceptionally fast incumbents joined by returning Aussie superbike champions who?ve been racing overseas and riders joining the scene from other classes and series. The huge roll-call will arrive en masse for the round, and the anticipation is palpable. Let's start with the incumbents, which is a potent enough roll call in itself. Troy Herfoss (Honda) is the rider everyone is gunning for after winning his first Aussie superbike title in 2016 ahead of Yamaha pair Glenn Allerton and Wayne Maxwell. That trio will all return, but Herfoss has a new teammate in West Aussie Bryan Staring, who will make a full-time return to Australia for the first time since winning the 2010 domestic superbike title. Since then, Staring has spent a year in MotoGP as well as winning Superstock 1000 FIM Cup races. Two-time Aussie superbike champion Josh Waters is also back for another full-time campaign after competing in the final round of the 2016 championship on a Yamaha. But he'll now link up with Suzuki in 2017, the marque which has brought him the most success locally. Yamaha trio Cru Halliday, Michael Blair and Daniel Falzon also return from 2016 ASBK duties, while experienced Kawasaki pair Matt Walters and Robbie Budgen are welcome additions to the scene. Former European 600 superstock champion Jed Metcher (Yamaha) will also race at Phillip Island, while the rookies looking to snap the domination of the experienced clientele include Troy Guenther (BMW), Callum Spriggs (Ducati) and Kyle Buckley (Kawasaki). Spriggs has replaced the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup-bound Mike Jones at the Troy Bayliss-owned Ducati team, while the impressive Guenther won the 2016 Australian supersport title. Mitch Levy (Yamaha) is another former supersport rider making the jump to the premier class. Alex Phillis is also a late addition to the field on an Aprilia. The son of Aussie superbike legend Robbie Phillis has just come off a brilliant performance at the Island Classic in late January when he won took out the final International Challenge race after holding out the hard-charging Jeremy McWilliams. So how's the form guide shaping up? In testing at Phillip Island in late January, Blair was the big surprise as he went fastest from Allerton, Falzon, Maxwell, Herfoss, Bugden, Staring, Beau Beaton (Ducati), Walters and Halliday. However, riders like Staring will be much better off for the gallop, while Maxwell and Allerton are also former Australian superbike champions for one reason: they know when to flick the switch. And Herfoss will be desperate to start his title defence off on a strong footing. The lap record for Australian superbikes at Phillip Island is an impressive 1:32.316, held by Maxwell, which is only a couple of seconds off the benchmark for WorldSBK where the machines carry a much higher state of tune. The class is all about showcasing the latest generation of high-performance four-stroke street bikes in a cut-throat environment ? and there's no more testing location than the sweeping curves of Phillip Island. Superbikes have been at the pinnacle of domestic road racing since 1987 ? and unofficially about a decade before that as riders like Aussie Wayne Gardner and Kiwi Graeme Crosby  pioneered the category with machines that weren't always the sweetest handling, but had buckets of horsepower and 'character'. *GRID RULING FROM SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATIONS Maximum grid capacity for Practice and Qualifying for all classes is 48. Maximum grid capacity for Racing is 40 for Superbike, Supersport and Australian Period 5/6 and 42 for Supersport 300. If the number of qualifiers exceeds the grid limit, positions will be determined by qualifying times. Riders who qualify but are not allocated a grid position due the grid limit will be considered as reserves in the event of withdrawals.

Yamaha AORC Kicks Off with an Enduro Double Header!

MA News - Thu, 09/02/2017 - 1:33pm
MA would also like to advise that the AORC rounds are card carrying Enduro events, and part of the Senior course runs through public roads and state forests. This means all Senior riders must have registered motorcycles and carry a road licence as well as their MA licence. Alongside Motorcycling Australia (MA), Dungog Motorcycle Club will now host rounds 1 and 2 of the AORC as well as rounds 1 and 2 of the NSW Enduro series. Dungog Motorcycle Club was voted the Host Club of the Year in 2016 which leaves no doubt that these events will run smoothly. Club President and AORC Course Assessor, Trent Lean, has been working hard behind the scenes with the club members to acquire Council approval for the Saturday and Sunday Enduro format with success! ?We are very excited to host the first rounds of the year here in Dungog, and thought we would kick it off bigger and better, and get back to an Enduro format as riders have been calling for this? says Lean. One of the benefits of the change of venue is the larger variety of accommodation in the Dungog area, which we have listed a few options below for your convenience. There will also be on-site camping available from Thursday 6th April ? Monday 10th April. Tall Timbers Motel (Event sponsor and owner of race venue) 167 Dowling St, Dungog NSW 2420 02) 4992 1574 - Anne Barnes Settlers Arms 45 Brown St, Dungog NSW 2420 02) 4992 1615 Dungog Royal Hotel 80 Dowling Street, Dungog, NSW 2420
02) 4992 3070 Dungog Visitor Information 02) 4992 2212 for further accommodation information, ask for Wendy. Also, entries for rounds 1 and 2, and Supp Regs for the series will follow in the coming weeks. So stay tuned! See below for the full 2017 Yamaha AORC Calendar: Round 1 & 2: Dungog, NSW                   8 ? 9 April 2017 Round 3 & 4: Rawson, VIC                      22 ? 23 April 2017 Round 5 & 6: Miva, QLD                         13 ? 14 May 2017 Round 7 & 8: Renmark, SA                     24 ? 25 June 2017 Round 9 & 10: Kyogle, NSW                   22 ? 23 July 2017 Round 11 & 12: TBA, VIC                         5 ? 6 August 2017

Last Lap for Helmet Cams - Rule Bulletin #1621 Explained

MA News - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 3:44pm
MA is obliged to take into consideration the safety of its members and participants as an absolute priority, particularly at MA sanctioned events. By identifying all possible risks in the sport, and considering all available expert information in direct correlation with those risks, MA has the obligation to ensure the safe and reasonable conduct of the sport. 
 
Well-known Australian distributor of motorcycle helmets, Rob Casson, said in relation to camera mounts on helmets; "No motorcycle helmet manufacturer recommends any modifications at all be made to their products. They would never approve of anything either bolted to or hanging off them, never." Casson finished.

The FIM, as the world governing body of motorcycle racing, has banned such helmet additions for over a year now, with many countries immediately following suit. Motorcycling New Zealand for instance, declaring the ban in their 2016 Manual of Motorsport (MoMS);

After researching the use of camera?s on helmets and following the lead from the FIM (World Governing Body for Motorcycle Sport), and all other Motorsports in New Zealand, you will no longer be able to use a camera fixed to your helmet as mentioned earlier this is based on health & safety. All research both Nationally & Internationally states that the camera/mount creates an impact point which compromises the helmet?s design.

You can still use your cameras and where fitted to the motorcycle they must be securely mounted, and those camera mounts are subject to approval by the Machine Examiner. We will continue to monitor all information and testing on helmets, and if there are any changes you will be advised accordingly.

The FIM have been taking steps to phase out helmet cameras since 2014 in a statement to riders and teams ahead of the 2014 International Six Days Enduro, saying "The FIM Board Members have decided to prohibit temporarily On-Board cameras on the riders (helmets, plastrons etc.) in all FIM Championships.
On-Board cameras are authorized on motorbikes only."

The FIM have stipulated in their 2016 'Technical Rules for Motorcross' publication:
01.67 WEARING OF HELMETS
A helmet is made to provide protection. A helmet is not a platform to attach foreign objects. Cameras or other accessories are NOT permitted nor shall be attached to the rider?s helmet.

69.03 All helmets must be intact and no alteration must have been made to their construction.

McLeod Accessories is one of Australia's leading motorcycle accessories wholesaler, Marketing Manager, Peter Coffey shared his thoughts on the recent ban; "Obviously, with matters such as this one, it's always best to err on the side of caution. Like most people, we support rider safety first and foremost. It probably won't be long until helmet manufactures and camera companies come up with brand new fully integrated product that has been properly tested," he ended. 

Helmet cameras and camera mounts are firmly secured and therefore require force to break away when impacted. This in turn, may magnify the extent of an injury sustained by a rider. As an active participant in motorcycle sport and the wider industry both locally and globally, MA is committed to world's best practice in relation to all aspects of motorsport safety. Rule #1621 of the MoMS will remain in place in Australian motorcycle competition until such time as there is a safer alternative for consideration. 

For further information regarding helmets or 2017 competition in general, click here or visit the Motorcycling Australia website here

QBE International Festival of Speed

MA News - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 9:44am
QBE International Festival of Speed Date  23-26 March, 2017 Venue SMSP, NSW Event Details https://www.internationalfestivalofspeed.com/

GP Juniors Cup

MA News - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 9:33am
GP Juniors Cup Date  17-19 March, 2017 Venue Goulburn, NSW Event Details http://www.ma.org.au/index.php?id=1806
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