FLOODS FORCE CANCELLATION OF 2023 AUSSIE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND IN MILDURA

08/12/2022

FLOODS FORCE CANCELLATION OF 2023 AUSSIE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND IN MILDURA
The 2023 Australian Championship has been reduced to a four-round series after the Mildura leg on January 5 was cancelled due to flooding.

The iconic Victorian track – located close to the Murray River – has escaped the flood water. But with parts of the stadium complex and the entire surrounding area under water, a decision has been taken to cancel the meeting with the water showing no sign of receding.

The remaining four rounds at Gillman (January 3), Albury (January 7), Kurri Kurri (January 9) and North Brisbane (January 11) are all set to be raced as planned.

Next year’s championship features one of the best line-ups of Aussie big guns attracted in recent years, including all three of the country’s Speedway GP stars and FIM Speedway of Nations world champions – Jason Doyle, Jack Holder and Max Fricke, plus 2012 world champion Chris Holder.

A statement on the championships’ official website confirmed: “Persistent wet weather has made the event facilities impassable for event vehicles, teams, and spectators.

“The Mildura Motorcycle Club has worked and waited to give the facility every opportunity to recover from repeated flooding of late, but the time has come to declare the event an impossibility.

“Motorcycling Australia would like to thank the Mildura Motorcycle Club for their efforts to bring round two to fruition and notes that the other rounds of this exciting championship featuring Jason Doyle, Jack Holder and Max Fricke will proceed as scheduled.”

The 2022 Australian Championship will be contested as a one-off meeting at Adelaide track Gillman this Saturday, when Fricke finally defends the title he won in January 2020 after the 2021 series was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Photo: AustralianSpeedwayChampionships.com.au