High-profile FIM series to be hosted alongside ASBK at The Bend.
Motorcycling Australia (MA) has announced that the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) will host a round alongside the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) when it debuts at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia on 19-22 April.
The arrival of the high-profile ARRC series into the Australian market alongside the ASBK has been in the works for over three years and it has come together for an inaugural event at the state of the art Tailem Bend facility.
“Bringing the ARRC to Australia is something that has been in MA’s plans since 2014 and to finally get them is a huge boost for our ASBK championship,” MA CEO Peter Doyle commented. “A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes and this has just topped off what was a great 2017 season for ASBK as we reached new levels with audiences via attendance, television and live-streaming.”
South Australian tourism minister Leon Bignell has branded the international event an Australasian moto extravaganza and said it will be of significant value to the local economy, taking place at the 4.9-kilometre, 18-corner FIM Category A circuit.
“When you combine ARRC with a round of the Australian Superbike Championship it creates a four-day Australasian moto extravaganza that is expected to attract more than 30,000 people to the Murraylands tourism region and inject over $7-million into the South Australian economy,” he stated.
ARRC categories due to make the trip to Australia include the premier SuperSports 600cc, Asia Production 250cc and Underbone 150cc divisions. Tickets will go on sale next week via The Bend Motorsport Park’s official website at www.thebend.com.au.