Features 17 Feb 2017

Deadline

Recalling this week in road racing, presented by Alpinestars.

The good news just keeps rolling in regarding the 2017 Yamaha Motor Finance (YMF) Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) presented by Motul Pirelli. Last week YMF was confirmed as ongoing title sponsor, while today both Motul and Pirelli have been announced as the presenting partners once again.

Those brands, as Motorcycling Australia (MA) has said in its communications, have become synonymous with the ASBK during its growth phase and now they’re reaping the rewards as important supporters – and believers – of the FIM-affiliated series.

Of course, the biggest news has been that the 2017 ASBK season will boast free-to-air television via SBS, as well as extended livestreaming, plus the return of delayed coverage on both SBS and pay tv network Fox Sports. It’s an impressive package, now produced by AVE and we know how polished their end-product always is.

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Phillip Island’s opening round is just around the corner now and we’re so pumped that we named the ASBK/World Superbike double-header as the number one must-watch event of 2017 in our Top 10 feature published on Thursday. Last year was unreal and this year is shaping up to be even better.

Right now though, as it has been pretty much all month, Phillip Island has been packed with world-class two-wheel action with the second official MotoGP test of the year. We’ve covered it daily so far and have a heap more extensive content to come post-test, so stay tuned for that. And next week, before the WorldSBK race weekend, they’ll be on-track for two days of testing!

One of the more unfortunate pieces of information that came through was the serious injury of young gun Broc Pearson, while training up on the Gold Coast head of his first full season of Supersport 300 in the ASBK. We will update further once we can, but for now he did update friends and fans with this post on Facebook:

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I am just letting everyone know that I am in a safe condition. I am awake from my induced coma which I went into on Tuesday just after lunch when I had a crash whilst practicing and I suffered two broken legs, broken back and some other injuries. Not a great way to start the season, but I will be back better and stronger in no time. Thank you everyone for all your messages and kindness. I really appreciate it.

Pearson is definitely one of the most highly-rated riders I’ve heard of coming through the ranks in some time and we wish him all the best in his recovery. With Alex Cudlin in his corner, along with his family who greatly support his dreams of becoming a pro racer, I’m sure he will bounce back nicely in time.

Anyhow, that’s it from me for this week, thanks for stopping by as usual! Make sure you check out all of CycleOnline.com.au’s social networking channels and be sure to Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for even more behind the scenes insights. Just search CycleOnline.

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