Tailem Bend aims for Moto GP

The SA Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend is under construction.

The SA Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend is under construction.

Racing fans can add Moto GP to the list of high-profile events the operator of the SA Motorsport Park hopes to bring to Tailem Bend.

The motor sport park passed an inspection by the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme (FIM) last week, the peak body in world motorbike racing, paving the way for discussions about a Moto GP World Championship event.

SA Motorsport Park construction general manager John Domino said the circuit had made a positive impression on FIM safety officer Franco Uncini, a former motorcycle grand prix world champion.

"Part of the design process is achieving certain levels of certification with certain governing bodies, the Federation Internationale de Motorcyslisme and Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)," he said.

"That sets the way to embark on detailed design and construction. "It's a significant milestone to get FIM on side."

An A-level grading would allow the track to host Moto GP events, and FIA category two status would permit any level of motor racing except Formula One.

"It's no secret (park owner) Sam Shahin has an appetite to host all events at the highest levels, with only the exception of Formula One," Mr Domino said.

(Motor sport park owner) Sam Shahin has an appetite to host all events at the highest levels, with only the exception of Formula One. - John Domino

He said the next stage of work on the motor sport park - construction of access points off the Mallee and Dukes highways, and an overtaking lane on the Dukes - would begin in about four weeks, and that the announcement of a tender for the work was imminent.

While he did not divulge the name of the successful contractor, he said the park's construction had intentionally been broken up into smaller stages to allow local companies to bid for work.

The circuit and surrounding infrastructure is on schedule for completion mid-next year, with the hopeful aim of hosting a V8 Supercars event before the end of 2017.

The motor sport park's operator, Peregrine Corporation, already has a memorandum of understanding with V8 Supercars guaranteeing a round of the race series after the track's completion.

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