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Feb 11, 2014

Last Minute Change: Australian Superbike Championship Downsizes To Just Three Rounds With TV For One Round

Former Australian Superbike Champion Glenn Allerton (14).

MA and IEG confirm reduced calendar for Australian Superbike Championship

For immediate release: 11 February 2014

In response to recent developments, and to ensure a strong rebuilding phase for the Australian Superbike Championship the 2014 series will be reduced to three rounds.

The series opener will be held at Queensland Raceway on April 5 - 6 before heading to Darwin alongside V8 Supercars on June 20 - 22. The final round will be held at Phillip Island on July 19 - 20.

In taking into consideration a tough economy and working towards rebuilding a strong series for 2015, entry fees will be waived for all classes at the three 2014 events. Competitors will only be required to pay the associated MA, Medical/Racesafe and Timing levy of $99 all inclusive.

Garage Fees will also apply and be in line with 2013 charges.

IEG Managing Director Yarrive Konsky apologies for the changes that have come about due to recent developments.

"We feel given the circumstances a concentrated three round championship is a better option" Konsky explained.

"IEG recognises improvements need to be made to the championship based on social and economic pressures. We feel that this three round championship will make it more affordable and accessible for all participants."

Motorcycling Australia President Stephen Foody said it was necessary to make changes based on unforeseen circumstances.

"We did not endeavour to make changes so late in the championship, but feel that it is the only way to regain momentum and strength.

"The more concentrated effort of fewer rounds is integral for the future of the sport and the longevity of participation. MA appreciate the initiatives of IEG for focusing on stimulating greater participation," Foody continued.

AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSES PER EVENT:

Round 1 - Queensland Raceway April 5-6

Superbike (Production Based Rules)
Supersport
Superlites
Production 250, 300, 400 and 500
EVO – Unlimited
Senior Competition – All bikes 600cc and above.
Junior National Cup
SuperMoto

*Women's Championship - This will be conducted over rounds 1 and 3

Women who race in Superbike, Supersport and Production 250/300 will be competing for women's championships in the following;

Women's 600 Supersport Championship
Women's Superbike Championship
Women''s Production Championship.

Round 2 Hiddeny Valley Raceway June 20-22 (alongside V8's)

Superbike (Production Based Rules)
Supersport

Round 3 Phillip Island International Raceway (July 19-20)

Superbike (Production Based Rules)
Supersport
Superlites
Production 250, 300, 400 and 500
EVO – Unlimited
Senior Competition
Sidecars

*Women's Championship

PRIZE MONEY PER ROUND (To be paid by Motorcycling Australia 7 days following each round).

Superbikes - $2,850.00
1st: $1,000.00
2nd: $700.00
3rd: $500.00
4th: $400.00
5th: $250.00

Supersport - $2,150.00
1st: $750.00
2nd: $500.00
3rd: $400.00
4th: $300.00
5th: $200.00

Evo - $1,000.00
1st: $500.00
2nd: $300.00
3rd: $200.00

Superlites - $1,000.00
1st: $500.00
2nd: $300.00
3rd: $200.00

Production - $900
1st: $300.00 (Up to 500)
1st: $300.00 (300)
1st: $300.00 (250)

OVERALL
Superbike1st: $5,000.00
Supersport1st: $5,000.00

TOTAL = $30,800

TRAVEL SUBSIDY

IEG will transport privateer bikes to Darwin free of charge from QLD, NSW, VIC, WA and SA *Tassie riders will be required to get their bikes to VIC. IEG will provide each team that takes three or more riders a minimum $3000. All other requests will need to be put in writing. The original $500 per rider if they choose to travel themselves will still apply. For Rounds 1 and 2 riders travelling from WA and NZ will be given $500 travel allowance in addition to the above if they enter the entire championship.

BROADCAST
At a minimum, Rounds 1 and 3 will have live streaming of the entire event. We aim to get it on TV but we do not want to mislead anyone until its finalised. Round 2 will have Live TV.

TYRE RULING
The entire championship will have an open tyre rule policy however, the number of sets per class will be restricted. Price per set will be capped and only tyre companies who agree to homologate will be included.

IEG will release the entry forms and supplementary regulations tomorrow.

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