Motorcycling Australia (MA) has developed a 250cc Production class designed to foster new talent and assist riders in other disciplines to make the transition to the exciting sport of Road Racing, and is looking forward to working with IEG to deliver this new class in 2012.
Australian riders’ success on the world stage, most notably the recently crowned MotoGP champion Casey Stoner, has resulted in a surge of interest in the sport, and a national 250cc Production class will serve to introduce riders to the path they can take.
250cc Production will hold Australian Championship status in 2012, and will be run over four rounds, two each in Queensland and Victoria.
IEG Managing Director Yarrive Konsky is excited by the new development and the positive effects it will pass on for emerging riders.
“When I attended the MotoGP at Phillip Island I was overwhelmed by the level of support we have for racing in Australia,” said Konsky.
“If this class can encourage more enthusiasts to get involved and hone their skills at a national level then it must be a good thing.
“At a national level the 250 production class has previously kick-started the careers for riders the likes of Mat Mladin and Troy Corser, and we see it as the starting point for further success.
“The class rules will ensure riders race on an even playing field, putting the focus firmly on racecraft and learning the ability to setup and improve a motorcycle’s performance.”
Parity and affordability will be held paramount in the new class, which will be open to senior riders of all ages and grades.
In line with current Superstock 600 rules, there will be a control tyre specified and only 1 set will be allocated for qualifying and racing.
MA CEO David White said the new class would provide the opportunity for up-and-coming riders to compete at a cost-effective level.
“Motorcycling Australia is excited to introduce the new 250cc Production class,” said White.
“MA is strongly committed to ensuring the continual advancement of Motorcycle Sport in Australia, and the introduction of the 250cc Production class is a vital step in ensuring growth and sustainability.
“This new class will provide an equitable and cost-effective pathway for riders seeking an introduction to the Road Racing world, and add an exciting new element to our comprehensive Australian Motorcycle Sport calendar.
“We look forward to watching this all new class develop over the coming years.”
The new category has the endorsement of Kawasaki who believes it will stimulate new interest in road racing.
“Kawasaki Australia is excited to see the all new 250cc production class introduced,” said Rob Walker, Kawasaki National Sales and Marketing Manager.
“Kawasaki dealers will be able to support riders in this class and offer products through preferred suppliers.
“The Kawasaki Ninja 250R is raced in the USA and Europe with great success and this class is seen as a great learning curve for future champions.”
The 2012 QBE ASBK calendar will be announced on Monday the 14th of November ahead of the final round of the year.