Tailem Bend will host the only Australian round of the Asia Road Racing Championships.
From April 19-22 2018, 113 riders form 13 countries will shoot around the The Bend Motorsport Park
State Tourism Minister Leon Bignell and motorsport park developer Dr Sam Shahin announced the three-year deal at the Victoria Park racetrack on Wednesday.
“For four days next April we’re going to have the best superbike action that we’ve ever had in South Australia,” Mr Bignell said.
“We’re going to be bringing the Asia Championship to Australia and we’ll have the eyes of Asia on us as well as giving a lot of Australian motorbike riders the chance to get out there and compete on what is one of the world’s best tracks.”
Mr Bignell said the economic benefits would be “huge” for both the Murraylands and Adelaide.
Around 30,000 fans are expected to attend, generating 16,000 bed nights and adding $7 million to the South Australian economy during each of the three years.
Dr Shahin said the event was tremendous for The Bend and for South Australia.
“This event tours through Japan, Indonesia, India and Malaysia,” he said. “We are part of that region and to have access to a billion people in India and their support for their riders and to have access to our facility and our state is significant – it’s incredible.”
He said the Championships would be another stepping stone towards attracting more global events to The Bend.
Mr Bignell was pleased with the developments happening in the Murraylands.
“… it’s great to see the development of an area that, probably since the railways pulled out of Tailem Bend 30-odd years ago, hasn’t seen the sort of resurgence and interest that we’ve seen since the development of The Bend Motorsport Park,” he said.
Tickets go on sale December 12 through www.thebend.com.au.