News 16 Dec 2019

Oceania Junior Cup to feature at 2020 WorldSBK and MotoGP rounds

Six-round calendar confirmed for Australian road race academy.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Motorcycling Australia (MA) has revealed the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup (OJC) will feature at the Australian WorldSBK and MotoGP rounds in 2020, while a six-round calendar has been confirmed.

Officially recognised by the FIM and Dorna Sports as part of the Road to MotoGP program, the Australian junior road race academy initiative has secured two international events and four Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) rounds for its 2020 calendar.

“It’s an understatement to say the inaugural season of OJC has exceeded our expectations,” said Motorcycling Australia operations director Martin Port. “With lap records, ridiculously close racing, the show has simply been world-class.

“And then to have had the opportunity to send our OJC kids to the Red Bull Rookies Cup and the Idemitsu Asia Talent selection events, with the only two new Aussie recruits into the IATC coming from the OJC, we couldn’t be prouder.

“And now, thanks to the vision from the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and PI SBK Pty Ltd, to invest in Australian junior road racing, the OJC will showcase its racing future at two of Australia’s largest international motorcycle racing events.

“What MA has produced this year in terms of junior rider development and action-packed racing under the Road to MotoGP program has been recognised by both the WorldSBK and MotoGP events, so we are very proud of that.”

The series will kick off in conjunction with the WorldSBK and ASBK opener at Phillip Island on 27 February-1 March, and will then follow the ASBK calendar at Wakefield Park Raceway on 27-29 March. Round three of the OJC will be staged at Morgan Park on 7-9 August before heading to Winton on 11-13 September.

The penultimate round will take place at Phillip Island’s ASBK finale on 2-4 October, with the championship set to conclude at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix on 23-25 October.

2020 Oceania Junior Cup calendar:
Rd1 – 27 February-1 March – Phillip Island (WorldSBK)
Rd2 – 27-29 March – Wakefield Park (ASBK)
Rd3 – 7-9 August – Morgan Park (ASBK)
Rd4 – 11-13 September – Winton (ASBK)
Rd5 – 2-4 October – Phillip Island (ASBK)
Rd6 – 23-25 October – Phillip Island (MotoGP)