MotoGP support categories Since the official announcement was made relating to the support classes that will be run at the 2008 Australian MotoGP, Motorcycling Australia has received a large amount of feedback. This feedback has come via...
MotoGP support categories
Since the official announcement was made relating to the support classes that will be run at the 2008 Australian MotoGP, Motorcycling Australia has received a large amount of feedback.
This feedback has come via email, telephone and through the forum that is linked to the official MA release on the www.aus-superbikes.com.au website.
In response to the feedback, MA wishes to put forward the following relating to the exclusion of the Australian 125 class at this year's Phillip Island event:
Support classes for the MotoGP have changed from time to time over the years to ensure the Australian event remains fresh and continues to grow the fan base for motorcycle racing.
At the first GP one of the support races was sidecars, and since then we've had 250 production bikes, before the 125's came in.
The decision to change the line-up for the 2008 program was made by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) in consultation with MA. It was carefully considered. MA and the AGPC are looking at ways to showcase Junior Road Racing at the prestigious event.
Australian Historics will provide variety and a different spectacle for the 2008 program after five years of the 125's. While the decision is disappointing for 125 riders and teams it was not taken lightly and was done in the best interests of entertainment value for the general public.
As previously stated, this decision was undertaken by the promoter (the AGPC) in consultation with MA, and the 125's will be re-considered for 2009 along with every other support category.
It was at MA's insistence that the 125 class was put into, and continues to be a class at the Australian Superbike Championship, despite constant calls for this class to be excluded. MA will continue to support this class.
As in previous years, MA together with the FIM will continue to give our best 125 riders the opportunity to take part in the World 125 class, through the nomination of Wildcards, and this will remain for the 2008 event.
MA is equally committed to the development of Junior Road Racing, and that is evidenced by the forum recently held at the MA office recently with over 10 relevant members of industry in attendance. All who attended agreed that the forum was extremely positive.
There will be an exciting announcement in the next few weeks regarding Junior Road Racing.
We hope that this clarifies some of the queries and concerns that we have received in the past few days, and we all look forward to continuing to promote the sport of motorcycling in Australia and internationally.