News 21 Dec 2022

ASBK championship set for Sydney return under lights in 2023

Round two of the season confirmed in partnership with Destination NSW.

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Sydney Motorsport Park will light up the 2023 Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) when it hosts round two of the season under lights on 24-25 March.

The historic event will see ASBK return to the famed Western Sydney venue for the first time since 2019 through a partnership with Destination NSW – the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency.

The unique two-day format at the 3.93-kilometre Grand Prix Circuit will see action commence during the day across all the key ASBK categories, with race activity highlighted under lights into the evening.

Peter Doyle, CEO of Motorcycling Australia (MA) explained: “It’s a big year for ASBK returning to SMSP, not only for the first ever ASBK night race, but for the official ASBK test in February. It’s a testament to all involved to bring this to fruition and to Destination NSW for their vision and support.

“With the level of talent featuring in ASBK today we expect the riders to put on a hell of a show for Sydneysiders and visiting fans from across the country, we can’t wait to see the first ever ASBK race under lights.”

NSW Minister for Tourism Ben Franklin said the Australian Superbike Championship would be warmly welcomed back to Sydney Motorsport Park.

“The NSW Government’s strategic investment in the redevelopment of Sydney Motorsport Park, including the installation of permanent lights, has made it an enviable world-class venue for all disciplines of motorsport,” Franklin stated.

“It will be fantastic to have the debut Australian Superbike Championship under lights at Eastern Creek in March and the official test event in early February bringing riders, teams, officials and fans from all over Australia to the venue.

“We are proud to partner with Motorcycling Australia on this event and showcase Sydney as the home of Australian motorsport, which is a key pillar in our ambition to make Sydney and NSW the major events capital and premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific.”

Australian Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) CEO Glenn Matthews added: “We are thrilled to be able to host a round of the Australian Superbike Championships at Sydney Motorsport Park in 2023. Since their last visit in 2019, over $25-million in venue enhancements have occurred and we can’t wait to see the riders battle it out at night under lights for the very first time.”