Bikes get a V8 boost

It’s a su­per dou­ble date, writes CRAIG DUFF

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News -

THE na­tional su­per­bikes are tak­ing a step down to step up. Pro­moter Yar­rive Kon­sky is wear­ing the loss of gate rev­enue to run along­side the V8 Su­per­cars at Phillip Is­land in Septem­ber.

The rea­son is sim­ple: ex­po­sure. Any­one who has been to a su­per­bike round lately knows the qual­ity of the racing. Trou­ble is, not enough peo­ple are at­tend­ing.

‘‘We need to im­prove the su­per­bikes’ pro­file and this is part of build­ing that im­age,’’ Kon­sky says.

‘‘The V8 tie-in gets us in front of a good crowd and puts us in front of the cor­po­rate spon­sors and a big tele­vi­sion au­di­ence.’’

The Sandown V8 crowd lapped up a dis­play ride by de­fend­ing su­per­bike cham­pion Glenn Aller­ton and ri­val Josh Wa­ters last week­end and Kon­sky is con­fi­dent pub­lic ac­cep­tance will grow as more peo­ple re­alise how much tal­ent the class holds.

‘‘The V8s have been fan­tas­tic — re­ally re­cep­tive,’’ Kon­sky says. ‘‘They un­der­stand that we bring great racing and pro­fes­sional teams.

‘‘The next step for us now is to im­prove free-to-air cov­er­age and show as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble just how good this racing is.’’

Kon­sky has a three-year plan to push the se­ries to the top of Aus­tralian motorsport and his rep­u­ta­tion as a ter­rier who won’t quit makes him the right man at the right time.

He’ll need all of that tenac­ity to rein­vig­o­rate the se­ries and tap in to the cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship that will as­sure the se­ries’ vi­a­bil­ity.

‘‘The or­gan­i­sa­tion of it is do­ing my head in, but the racing is too good not to keep go­ing,’’ he says.

‘‘The frus­trat­ing part is I know how good the prod­uct is, I just need to get it out there.’’

The cause isn’t helped by is­sues such as hav­ing to change the venue and date for this sea­son’s fi­nal round of the su­per­bikes.

‘‘Be­cause of cir­cum­stances be­yond IEG and MA’s con­trol, both the date and venue for the fi­nal round needed to change,’’ Kon­sky says.

‘‘We looked at all our op­tions and we are thrilled the Aus­tralian Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship fi­nale will now be show­cased at Phillip Is­land, which is one of the best race­tracks in the world.’’

The next round of the su­per­bikes is at East­ern Creek this week­end.

It’s been a Honda v Suzuki bat­tle this year, with Mo­to­logic’s Aller­ton lead­ing the se­ries from Wa­ters and their re­spec­tive team­mates Wayne Maxwell and Shawn Giles third and fourth.

Su­per Sandown: Suzuki racer Josh Wa­ters was part of a dis­play ride for the V8 Su­per­cars crowd at Sandown.

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