News 4 Jul 2014

Five-round 2014 Australian Supercross calendar cemented

Phil Sargent named event manager of 2014 series.

Image: Grant Reynolds.

Image: Grant Reynolds.

Motorcycling Australia (MA) has confirmed that the 2014 Australian Supercross Championship (ASX) has been given the green light, featuring five rounds over three weekends in October and November.

An announcement from MA this afternoon stated that the series will remain under the management of Yarrive Konsky through Full Throttle Sports (FTS). Previously, the series was operated under the International Entertainment Group (IEG) arm of Konsky’s business.

In a separate announcement it’s been revealed that Phil Sargent – former racer and respected promoter including the Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) – has been appointed as event manager of the 2014 ASX series; anticipating a successful second stint for supercross under the management of Konsky.

“Going to Bathurst during the V8 weekend and returning to MotoGP will ensure new consumer interest can be achieved,” Sargent said. “We need to grow the profile of the sport and introduce Australia’s most watched two-wheeled racing to new consumers and corporate partners. We also need to provide current race fans the opportunity to watch events in their region.

“Regional areas are important, but the reality is we need to hit bigger populated areas and running in Brisbane will enable us to hit a huge demographic.”

MA will work to ensure its members have a supercross championship that will meet expectations. CEO Dale Gilson said it was imperative the right medical provisions were provided and prize monies guaranteed.

“We have worked closely with the championship promoter and have secured guarantees for prize money and Australia’s leading mobile medical team, RACESAFE.” Gilson said. “The license holders are our primary concern, and many riders have expressed the need for supercross.

“Although we have held back releasing information about the 2014 championship until now, it was simply because we had their best interests in mind. We now have guarantees in place to protect them.”

The series will kick off in Bathurst on 10-11 October then move to Phillip Island and run in conjunction with the Australian MotoGP on 17-19 October and conclude in Brisbane on 8 November. It’s anticipated that Brisbane will be an indoor event.

Bathurst’s opening event of the season will also include Arenacross action during the round. The Brisbane round will incorporate many facets of motorcycle sport according to a statement released and will house a motocross and off-road concentrated trade display.

The Supplementary Regulations are scheduled to be released next week, with additional information promised to be put forward in the coming weeks.

2014 Australian Supercross Championship calendar:
Rds 1-2 – 10-11 October – Bathurst, NSW
Rds 3-4 – 18-19 October – Phillip Island, VIC
Rd 5 – 8 November – Brisbane, QLD