ARRC reveals 2017 calendar, India stays on

The organisers of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship has released the calendar for the 2017 season featuring six rounds including India.

ARRC reveals 2017 calendar, India stays on
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Having made its return on the ARRC calendar for the 2016 season after a gap of two years, India will continue to host a round in 2017 at the Buddh International Circuit.

After the success last year, both the series organisers and the event promoters, Madras Motor Sports Club, were confident of India staying on the ARRC calendar with a remote possibility of two rounds in the country.

The new season will kick start at Sepang, which makes a return after a year replacing Johor, during the April 1-2 weekend, before heading to Thailand for Round 2 at Buriram, during April 14-15.

The championship will then move to Suzuka, Japan in June after a month's break in May, followed by the fourth round in Sentul, Indonesia in August.

Like in 2016, India will host the penultimate round of the season during October 6-8 weekend, with the year coming to an end in December at Buriram.

Plans for an Australian round has been deferred by a year by championship promoters, Two Wheels Motor Racing, as they along with the Australian motorcycle head believes that "an endeavour of such magnitude requires more time and thorough preparations".

For 2017, the categories will see a change as Honda-backed Asia Dream Cup, no longer features in the weekend schedule.

The revised categories will see the SuperSport 600cc continuing alongside the Asia Production 250cc, the Suzuki Asian Challenge and the Underbone 150cc (moving up from 130cc).

2017 ARRC calendar:

Round

Venue

Date

1

 Sepang, Malaysia

April 1-2

2

Buriram, Thailand

April 14-15

3

Suzuka, Japan

June 3-4

4

Sentul, Indonesia

August 12-13

5

Buddh, India

October 6-8

6

Buriram, Thailand

December 2-3

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