AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA, MELBOURNE. Motorcycling Australia is excited at the prospect of two of its Australian Superbike Championship competitors, Braden Elliot and Sam Clarke confirming factory supported rides in the British Superbike Championship. The announcement cements the true developmental nature of the Australian Road Racing program.
Overnight, it was announced that 2015 Australian Supersport Champion Elliott (Knobby Underwear Suzuki), and 2016 Supersport runner-up, Clarke (Banham WA), will become team mates joining the highly renowned CF Motorsports Team. A team that has previously seen Australian Benjamin Currie achieved success. Elliott will mount as the first rider ever to compete with CF Motorsports in the Superstock 1000 Championship, and Clarke will gear up for a season on CF Motorsports’ Yamaha R6 in the Supersport category.
Delighted by the opportunity, Elliott explains how the Australian Superbike Championship has prepared him for racing overseas and shares his excitement with making the move to England.
“After a successful rookie season in the Australian Superbike Championship I feel I am ready to make the move into one of the toughest championships in the world,” he started.
“I’m very proud to have the opportunity to partner with the highly professional and experienced CF Motorsport team. It will certainly be a huge change moving to England after spending my life racing in Australia although a challenge I am highly looking forward to,” Elliott concluded.
An extremely thankful Clarke was pleased at the prospect of continuing his road racing career, taking the leap from national road racing in Australia to the UK.
“I’m Looking forward to a successful future in the British Championship after a hard fought year in the National Australian series,” Clarke started.
“It is a great opportunity to jump into a competitive championship and I think now is the best time to go over there and put everything that I have learned into practice, to progress my career,” he finished.
The British Superbike Championship season commencing in March 31st, 2017.
The 2017 ASBK calendar:
- Round 1: 23rd – 26th February (WSBK Support Classes), Phillip Island Grand Prix
- Round 2: 17th – 19th March, Wakefield Park, NSW
- Round 3: 28th – 30th April, Winton Motor Raceway, VIC
- Round 4: TBA
- Round 5: 25th – 27th August, Morgan Park Raceway, QLD
- Round 6: 8th – 10th September, Sydney Motor Sport Park, NSW
- Round 7: 6th – 8th October, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC