Features 9 Jan 2020

Countdown: Anticipated events of 2020

Six Australian events that we're excited for this season.

In this edition of Countdown, we share six highly-anticipated events that we’re excited for ahead of the 2020 season commencing!

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6. International Island Classic:
The 2020 International Island Classic will once again see a list of legendary riders take on Phillip Island aboard legendary motorcycles! Team Great Britain returns for 2020 to battle Team Australia and Team USA in the International Challenge, so it’s set to be a good one.

5. The Bend ASBK:
The newest venue on the calendar, we always enjoy heading to The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia, which will host round three of ASBK this season. Not only does it feature the International MotoFest, but will also serve as a round of the 2020 Asia Road Racing Championship, meaning there will be no shortage of action at the world-class facility.

4. ASBK finals:
If last year’s ASBK finale is anything to go by, then this year’s title decider at the Island will be one to definitely mark down in the calendar. In 2019 we saw the championship coming down to the final moments of the final race, making for a thrilling way to complete the series.

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3. Phillip Island’s WorldSBK opener:
Season openers are always surrounded by a lot of hype, and there’s a lot to be excited about for Phillip Island’s round of the Motul Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK). Jonathan Rea (KRT) enters as a five-time defending champion and will be joined by incoming teammate Alex Lowes, while the all-new Honda Fireblade will be debuted by Alvaro Bautista. Adding to that is the fact it will also round one of ASBK!

2. Perth ASBK alongside Supercars:
Round four of ASBK this season will mark the return of two things: visiting Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia, and running alongside the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. It’s been several years since ASBK linked up with Supercars, and it’s going to be epic to see the country’s top Superbike riders put on a show to an extended audience at the Perth venue.

1. Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix:
Phillip Island’s stop of the MotoGP World Championship is always our favourite event of the year, and after last year’s edition that saw home-favourite Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) stand on the podium, we can’t wait to what 2020 has to offer. We, however, hoping for some better weather conditions!