News 15 May 2023

Honda-mounted Chiodo to be sidelined from Darwin ASBK

BSB plans also in doubt as Victorian looks to regain full fitness.

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Honda-mounted Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) racer Markus Chiodo has outlined he will be sidelined at least for the upcoming Darwin round, and after a bruising start to the year his British Superbike Championship (BSB) plans now are now looking unlikely for 2023.

A bar-end failure caused Chiodo to fall while testing at The Bend after the opening round of the season at Phillip Island, requiring surgery on his right collarbone following the incident which ruled him out of round two in Sydney.

Overcoming an infection post operation, Chiodo was able to return to the track prior to Queensland Raceway onboard his Fireblade Superbike platform at Sydney Motorsport Park, but decided to enter Supersport in Queensland as part of the rebuilding process. While competing onboard a Triumph 675 at round three, a fall in practice brought a premature end to his weekend.

“Regretfully I will not be competing in at least the Darwin round of ASBK after months of being on and off the bike and not feeling right,” Chiodo shared. “I thought the best decision is to take some time off and let my body heal and get back to full fitness with a months training camp with 1 percent performance for the last rounds of the season.”

Throughout the challenges this year, Chiodo maintained that his aspirations were to compete in the Superstock category in the second half of the 2023 British Superstock Championship. However, his latest update indicates such overseas venture this year is now looking unlikely.

“This also makes my plans on racing back again in the BSB championship slim to none as it is all so close and hard to organise without certainty,” he continued. “Peace out and thanks to all that have helped put everything together this year we will be back where we want to be when the time comes.”