News 9 Jun 2023

Unitech's Sissis to make comeback at Hidden Valley

South Australian hasn't ridden R1 since the QR testing crash.

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Unitech Racing’s Arthur Sissis will make a return to the Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) at Hidden Valley after a broken wrist sustained while testing at Queensland Raceway forced him to the sidelines.

Sissis high-sided at turn for at the Queensland venue while preparing for the third round of the 2023 ASBK Championship, putting himself out of contention for those races.

Despite not riding the Superbike since, the South Australian plans to make his comeback at the fourth round of the season in Darwin, with three races to be contested across a joint weekend with the Supercars Championship at Hidden Valley.

“I am doing it [competing at Hidden Valley], my wrist isn’t 100 percent, but I haven’t ridden the bike since the crash,” Sissis explained to CycleOnline. “Hidden Valley will be the first time since then that I get on the bike.

“Expectations, I don’t know since it will be the first time back riding. I should be able to race, but I’m not sure at what level I guess.”

Prior to his testing crash this year, Sissis was fifth in the ASBK standings. His absence from Queensland Raceway saw him drop to ninth in the title-race, and despite his lack of seat time in the build-up to Hidden Valley, the number 61 can draw confidence from the laps he led at the venue in 2022.

“It’s good that it is coming up to Darwin because it is one of my favourite tracks,” Sissis added. “I wouldn’t have liked to come back straight to Morgan Park or something like that, so it’s good to get back riding again before Morgan Park. I’m looking forward to it, because it’s the best race of the year I reckon.”

The fourth round of the 2023 Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship takes place at Hidden Valley, Darwin, between 16-18 June.