Superbikes/Supersport/Superstock

Allingham switches to Superstock 1000 with IN Competition

David Allingham will join the National Superstock 1000 Championship with IN Competition as team-mate to Lewis Rollo on an Aprilia RSV4.

Last season Allingham made his debut in the Superbike class with EHA Racing, and scored points on three occasions.

Rollo remains with the team after finishing sixth overall last year and took his maiden race win in the class. In 2018 Rollo finished as runner-up in the Ducati TriOptions Cup.

Allingham said: “I am very excited to join the IN Competition/Aprilia team, I am equally looking forward to working with Ian Newton again as we have had previous success in the Aprilia RRV450 Championship in the early part of my racing career.

“Hopefully we can repeat that success in the Superstock 1000 Championship this year on an already proven package.”

Rollo added: “I’m really pleased to have signed with IN Competition/Aprilia for a second season; it’s a chance I have never had before to stay with the same team and on the same bike.

“Last year, we showed that we could be strong and run at the front, but it is a very competitive arena and it’s not all about improving yourself each time but learning how others work around you.

“Every opportunity needs to be taken in such a close class. I learnt a lot last year from Ian Newton and the team, now it is my chance to convert that into more podiums and even more wins.”

Team Owner Ian Newton concluded: “I have got an incredible team around me that I not only trust, but am reassured that we can have good success this year.

“I’m really glad Lewis will be with us for a second season and I have no doubt he will bring the drive and determination that he showed in 2019 to the table.

“Having worked alongside David and his previous team for many years I feel he has the knowledge, determination and talent to run at the front. Come rain or shine both riders will be very competitive.”

BSB postpones two more rounds

The British Superbike championship has postponed two more rounds, in line with new government advice, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Championship organisers MSVR cancelled the pre-season test a Silverstone and postponed the opening round of the season, also at Silverstone, that was due to take place on 12 April.

The ACU has now suspended all motorcycle racing until 31 May.

As a result the rounds at Oulton Park (1-3 May) and Donington Park’s National circuit (22-24 May) are also postponed.

“Series promoter and organiser MSVR is continuing to work closely with teams, circuits, broadcasters and partners to evaluate the constantly-changing situation and will provide further updates when available.”

The 2020 season for BSB and its support championships is now scheduled to begin at Snetterton on 19-21 June.

World Superbikes postpones racing at Assen

The Dutch round of the Superbike World Championship has been postponed from April until August due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Racing at Assen was due to take place on 17-19 April, but the round will now be held on 21-23 August.

“The FIM and Dorna WSBK Organization are continuously working with Circuits and Government Officials following up the situation in each country, putting the safety of everyone first in every case. Information will be released accordingly should there be any further changes to the 2020 Calendar.”

The championship previously postponed the Qatar round, although no new date was given.

The Spanish and French rounds were also pushed back to October.

The season is now currently set to resume with the Italian round at Imola on 8-10 May. Although this is unlikely as Italy remains on lockdown. On Tuesday the fatalities from COVID-19 exceeded 6000.

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Asia Talent Cup postpones racing at The Bend

The Asia Talent Cup has announced the postponement of its second round of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Asia Talent Cup was due to compete at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia on 8-10 May in support of the Australian Superbike championship.

Consequently the ASBK has announced the postponement of two rounds of its season. As well as its round at The Bend in May, the championship will also now not visit Wakefield Park Raceway on 27-29 March. It has also cancelled its visit to Barbagallo Raceway on 15-17 May.

Also on the support bill for The Bend was the FIM Asia Road Race Championship, which will also not race.

Motorcycling Australia CEO Peter Doyle said, “The developments of COVID-19 have required us to make these tough decisions whilst we all adapt to the daily changing effects of this global health crisis.

“The International MotoFest is a truly international event with the inclusion of ARRC & ATC racing Down Under.

“Once the situation is better, then we look forward to welcoming teams and riders from around the world back to Australia for this brilliant event. We now focus our attention to getting back on-track when possible.”

The ASBK is now looking to host its races at Wakefield and The Bend at a later date.

The season is now set to resume at Morgan Park on 7-9 August.