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2021 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP POSTPONED

The 2021 Australian Championship series, scheduled to take place in January, has been postponed due to coronavirus restrictions.

27 / 10 / 2020, 12:55

The 2021 Australian Championship series, scheduled to take place in January, has been postponed due to coronavirus restrictions.

The action was due to get underway at Gillman in South Australia on January 3, before moving to Victorian venues Mildura and Albury.

New South Wales track Kurri Kurri was due to host round four, before the action climaxed at North Brisbane Speedway on January 13, Queensland’s first national senior round since 2012.

With travel between Australian states limited due to border closures, riders and fans may have struggled to travel between events. Riders stranded overseas may have also been unable to fly home and complete their two-week mandatory quarantine spell in time to race.

It is believed Motorcycling Australia now intends to stage the series in November or December 2021, although no new dates have been confirmed.

A statement on the championship’s official website confirmed: “Motorcycling Australia, in conjunction with the MA Track Commission and key stakeholders regret to advise of the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Championship which was scheduled for January 3-13, 2021.

“While we are disappointed that the 2021 Australian Championship has had to be postponed, we believe it is in the best interest of the sport. 

“With so much uncertainty around the national and international borders, and with a lot of our riders currently overseas, we had to make a decision as early as possible.

“Motorcycling Australia (MA) and the Track Commission are now concentrating on delivering a strong and successful condensed 2021 championship in the latter part of 2021, pending government restrictions around Covid-19.

“MA sincerely thanks all stakeholders, clubs, and riders for their support and understanding.”

The FIM Oceania Championship at Gillman is still due to take place on January 30, with the Australian Under-21 Final at the Adelaide venue 24 hours earlier.

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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