Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism
International motorbike racing is being added to South Australia’s action packed events calendar with the only Australian round of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship to be staged at The Bend Motorsport Park.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell announced the three-year agreement today, along with three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss, saying the deal will be a boost for the Murraylands region and presents a strong gateway to Asian motorsport and business.
The first event, scheduled for April next year, is expected to attract 30,000 fans, generate around 16,000 bed nights and add an extra $7million in to the South Australian economy.
This will be the first time the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship has come to Australia, with rounds currently held in Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, and India, and involves 113 riders representing 13 countries. The event will be hosted in conjunction with a round of the Australian Superbike Championship.
When completed, The Bend racing circuit will be one of the longest permanent circuits in the world, and the latest circuit built to the FIA Category 2 and FIM Category A standards.
The inaugural 4-day event will take place on 19-22 April 2018. Tickets will go on sale on 12 December through thebend.com.au
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell
Securing this event builds on the Government’s strategy to attract high quality events to South Australia and makes a new connection with Asia for business and tourism.
We continue to grow our regional tourism offerings and the Murraylands region will reap significant benefit from this event and this new motorsport facility.
Motorbike racing is exciting to watch and The Bend will provide lots of thrills for both riders and fans.
Quotes attributable to Peregrine Corporation Executive Director Dr Sam Shahin
We set out to create Australia’s ultimate world-class motorsport facility to attract major new international events.
Securing a double-header combined round of the FIM Asian Road Racing Championship with the Australian Superbike Championship coming back to South Australia is proof-positive this new venue is delivering.
Quotes attributable to World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss
I am excited for Australia to be part of the regional FIM Asia championship.
Having Australia join the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship will provide another pathway for Australian riders to compete at an international level which is fantastic for the development of the sport.