News 16 Mar 2020

Wakefield Park ASBK round set to run without spectators

Status of the second round subject to change due to coronavirus outbreak.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Wakefield Park’s second round of the 2020 Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) is set go ahead as a TV-only event, Motorcycling Australia (MA) has revealed.

Organisers are looking to put measures in place to keep within the 500 person limit that the government has placed on mass gatherings and events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While subject to change in the lead up to the 27-29 March event, it’s understood the ASBK is cooperating with the venue to reduce expenses, while its TV package and partnerships still make it viable according to MA CEO Peter Doyle.

“ASBK at Wakefield Park, as of right now as we’re speaking, is running, but it will be a TV race only,” Doyle stated to CycleOnline.com.au. “There will be no spectators and the number of people within teams let into the track might be restricted.

“As far as a race goes, Wakefield Park wants it to run – as long we can stay under the 500 [person] mass gathering, then it will run. With an ASBK event, we’re cooperating with the track and have been able to save a lot of expenses – it also has good sponsors and partners, so it’s worthwhile going and running a TV event.”

Further rounds of the ASBK series could be either postponed or cancelled altogether in the coming months, with The Bend – to be hosted alongside the Asia Road Racing Championship and Asia Talent Cup – and Wanneroo rounds each currently ‘under review’.

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