Superbike rider Robbie Bugden (number 24) leads the field in an Australasian Superbike Championship race.
Superbike rider Robbie Bugden (number 24) leads the field in an Australasian Superbike Championship race. Bob-Taylor

Superbikes to rev up Ipswich Motorsport Precinct

THE action will be fast and furious when Queensland Raceway this weekend hosts the third round of the 2016 Australasian Superbike Championship.

After the recent City of Ipswich Winternationals drag racing and Australian Kart Championship round at Willowbank, it will be the Superbikes revving up the Ipswich Motorsport Precinct.

The weekend will feature five separate categories competing across 17 races tomorrow and Sunday.

Australia's best motorcycle racing is set to be contested on the Ipswich circuit, regarded by many as "The paperclip".

The premier Superbike category will bring a wealth of attention from spectators at the circuit and online, with six different motorcycle brands competing against each within the one race.

Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Honda and Ducati will all be represented, reflecting the variety that will be on show for the weekend.

SA Kawasaki BC Performance rider and Queenslander Robbie Bugden is among the most experienced competitors that will take to the track this weekend.

He admits the Queensland circuit presents numerous challenges and exciting aspects that will develop towards close racing across the weekend.

"On paper, Queensland Raceway is a very simple circuit but to get a fast time it's difficult,'' Bugden said.

"One of the hardest things involved with the track is the entry and exit to the corners and more particu- larly, tying the two together to complete a successful pass through a corner.

"The track has different styles of corners as well, be it fast flowing turns or heavy braking hairpins so each lap is like putting a puzzle together and there is no room for error.''

Categories competing at Queensland Raceway will be Superbike - 1000cc, Formula Xtreme C & D Grade - 1000cc, Supersport - 600cc, Formula Oz, FX Pro Twins & Nakedbikes, FX300 Ninja Cup and eFXC Electric Bikes.

The third round practice starting today at Willowbank is the first of two trips to the Sunshine State on this year's calendar.

Unlike many other racing events, the Australasian Superbike Championship has an open pit policy in which individuals can access the pits at any time free of charge.

Key event

Tickets to watch the Australasian Superbike Championship round at Queensland Raceway are available at the main gate.

Entry to Friday's racing is free. On Saturday and Sunday adults entry is $30. Kids under 12, accompanied by a paying adult, enter for free. A two-day adult pass (Saturday and Sunday) is $40. Concession tickets are $20.

Racing starts at 9.30am on Saturday and Sunday.

More information regarding the weekend's events, in addition to a link to view the livestream of both race days, can be found at www.fxsuperbikes.com.au



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