WEM Set to Host Victorian Arenacross Championships Alongside WSBK

Author: Aaryn Minerds


WEM (Williams Event Management) the promoters of the Monster Energy Supercross Championship have announced that they promote the Victorian Arenacross Championships in 2014 with a single one off event to be held along side the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island.

Phillip Island plays host to the opening round of the WSBK from Friday the 21st of February to Sunday the 23rd of February with the Victorian Arenacross Championship set to host junior racing on the Saturday with Senior racing on the Sunday including Clubman and Veterans classes.

After receiving a phone call from Phillip Island Motorsport asking WEM's Kevin Williams if he was interested in holding an event, Williams who has years of experience running events at Phillip Island started making plans for the Victorian Arenacross championship to come to life.

"Basically it all came together when the promoters of the Australian round of the World Superbikes, Phillip Island Motorsport, contacted us and asked us if we would like to run a stadium Cross event along side the WSBK round," Kevin Williams from WEM explained to

"We have done at Phillip Island in past years and after they asked if it was possible we went down and had a look and a meeting and got everything underway," Williams added.

"We have being running events at Phillip Island for the past 11-12 years, so we spoke to Motorcycling Victoria about getting the event championship status, everything was positive and we are full steam ahead."
As an added bonus for senior riders, Wonthaggi will be open on Saturday the 22nd for riders to check out the new track layout ahead of the MX Nationals - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Being held on a tamed down version of the current supercross track that was used as part of the Australian Supercross Championships held in October, the new series will give riders at a state level the opportunity to get a taste of exactly how WEM events are ran.

"It is giving us the chance to introduce ourselves to a wider audience of people and give them a chance to see what WEM events are like. Sometimes people can be intimidated going to race a national event, they ask themselves what is it really going to be like at the big show.

"Most of the people I speak to who have raced at one of our events that I have spoken to come back saying that was pretty cool. It will also give riders who are planning to ride the Privateer regional cup this year a chance to feel out how a WEM event runs."

With over 15 years of promoting and hosting dirt bike events, Williams understands the importance of safety and already has plans to make this stadiumcross event as safe as possible for everyone

"To help keep things safe we have reduced the gates down to 15 from 20 due to it being a smaller track. The track will be a very safe track and as people have experienced with our events, we will have RaceSafe at the event with all of their senior people in attendance.

Though this year will see the Victorian Arenacross Championship ran as a single one off event, if things go to plan and the event has the support WEM will look to grow it to a three round summer series starting at the end of 2014.

"We were looking at doing a number of rounds, but with the pressure on riders with the amount of racing already announced that they can do for the year, we have decided to keep it to one round." Williams continued. "We will see how that goes this year, the last thing we want to do is detract from club level racing at a state level and also the state motocross titles.

"We will see how this event goes and if everything looks good we will aim to go to three rounds next year and create a summer series, once the Supercross series is finalised.

"WEM see an arenacross series as an opportunity for riders to build up their skills a little bit more and have a three round series being held on other permanent arenacross tracks in Victoria," Williams concluded.

For more information on the Victorian Arenacross Championships including information on how to enter CLICK HERE

For spectators planning on watching the Arenacross event, entry to the arenacross is included in the entry price to watch the World Superbike Championship and at this years event spectators aged 15 and under get in for free, for more information on ticketing for the 2014 Australian Superbike Championship head to

Top Image: Phillip Island will continue to hold dirt bike racing along side international road racing events in 2014 with round one of the Victorian Arenacross Championship running along side the WSBK at the end of February.
Credit: Aaryn Minerds (File 2012 ASX)

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