Australian Supercross round confirmed for MotoGP weekend //
POSTED: 23 Jul 2012 | SECTION: Racing | POSTED BY:Adam Spence
Round two of the Australian Supercross Championship has officially been confirmed to feature alongside the 2012 AirAsia Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix from 26-28 October.
Up to 120 competitors will take part in round two of the Australian Supercross Championship on a new track located in the Lukey Heights precinct at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
The purpose-built arena will feature racing on the Saturday and Sunday of the Grand Prix event with prime spectator viewing for all event ticket holders at no extra cost – another incentive for fans to attend the biggest two-wheel motorsport event on the Australian calendar.
Dirt bikes have been the breeding ground for a host of star Australian road racers, with five-time 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan, 1987 World Champion Wayne Gardner and reigning two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner all cutting their teeth in off-road racing.
Townsville 17-year-old Jack Miller is the latest dirt bike prodigy to make his mark in road racing after several promising displays in this year’s Moto3 World Championship.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, said today’s announcement means a ticket to the AirAsia Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is now better value than ever.
“The inclusion of the Australian Supercross Championship as part of our off-track entertainment package will create a real festival atmosphere for motorcycle enthusiasts and all fans of top-level motorsport,” he said.
“With Casey Stoner looking for a sixth consecutive MotoGP win at his home track before his retirement, Australians in all three World Championship categories and now the addition of this country’s best supercross riders, we’re looking forward to a bumper event in October.”
Motorcycling Australia CEO, David White, said the motorcycle industry is excited to combine the world’s premier circuit riders with Australia’s best supercross racers in one location.
“We are delighted to be able to showcase the best supercross riders in the country at such a prestigious international event,” White said.
“I’m sure that fans attending the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix will jump at the opportunity to see this great championship up-close for the first time.”
Managing Director of the International Entertainment Group, promoter of the Australian Supercross Championship, Yarrive Konsky said the addition of supercross to an already-packed Phillip Island program means the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is now truly an event for all motorcycle enthusiasts.
“The riders in the Australian Supercross Championship will undoubtedly relish the chance to put on a show at such a world-renowned venue for two-wheel motorsport,” Konsky said.
Tickets for the 2012 AirAsia Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix are now on sale, and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation is urging fans to book early to secure their seat.
For bookings or more information visit www.motogp.com.au or call Foxtix on 1800 100 030.