News 12 Dec 2022

The Bend to conclude seven round ASBK calendar next year

South Australian venue to host final races of the season once more.

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The Bend will once again conclude the Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) next year, with the latest announcement also highlighting the 2023 season is set to span across seven rounds.

To be contested again in the European off-season, the 1-3 December slot for Tailem Bend next year was carefully selected to provide an opportunity for international riders to return and compete in South Australia.

It marks the third consecutive year the venue will host the final round of the ASBK championship, with four of the seven rounds now confirmed for next season.

“The Bend Motorsport Park event in 2023 is going to be a logical extension of the success the event has enjoyed over the last two years,” Motorcycling Australia CEO Peter Doyle explained.

“We’ve seen this event blossom into a must-see, must-do event with large crowds and rider numbers. The challenging International Circuit layout lends itself to fantastic racing and the facilities are truly international standard.

“Wrapping up the season at The Bend Motorsport Park is the perfect way to complete what will surely be another great season of ASBK.”

As previously announced, Phillip Island will host the opening round alongside the Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) on 24-26 February. Round three is set for Queesland Raceway on 28-30 April, with the fourth round a Darwin Triple Crown two plus four event, alongside the Supercars Championship at Hidden Valley between 16-18 June.

Rounds two, five and six on next year’s calendar are still TBC, with an official pre-season test to take place at Sydney Motorsport Park on 1-2 February.