NEXT year’s Phillip Island Classic has been postponed indefinitely while the annual International Challenge has been scrapped.
The nearly three-decade-old annual battle, which pits nations against each other on some of the top classic machinery in the game, will not run on its traditional Australia Day weekend slot in January.
Instead, chiefs will look to run the 2021 meeting later on in the year, albeit without one of its highlight events – the hotly contested multi-nation International Challenge.
The circuit’s General Manager, David Bennett, said the ongoing complexities and risk associated with the COVID-19 pandemic had halted the historic bike planning despite best attempts.
“We had desperately hoped the situation would be different and would have loved to welcome everyone to another Island Classic,” he admitted. “But the worsening situation overseas and the ongoing restrictions impacting the events industry locally, has led us to making this difficult decision.
“We are hopeful of staging an Island Classic in 2021, but not in January.
“Scheduling though will be subject to state borders reopening, quarantine requirements being lifted and government restrictions easing sufficiently to run a viable event. We have to wait to see how the COVID situation evolves locally in the coming months.
“We will continue to review our options to host an historic race meet at some stage in 2021 and look forward to welcoming Australian riders, historic teams and race fans back to Phillip Island soon.”