QBE On Track
Marvel Stadium is excited to announce QBE Insurance Australia as the official naming rights part of the Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix.
Last year’s inaugural event under the roof at Marvel Stadium exceeded all expectations, drawing a crowd of just over 26,000 for a night of full throttle racing and entertainment on a ‘drop in’ track which, after the event, brought international praise from riders, officials and a large contingent of global media.
Marvel Stadium Acting Chief Executive Officer Michael Green said while the GP had been an overwhelming success, the construction of the track from scratch, the piecing together and transporting of an international grand prix from Europe, accompanied by a massive amount of infrastructure transported from Europe, came at a significant cost.
“We’re absolutely delighted that a leading insurer such as QBE has demonstrated confidence in our event and come on board as the naming rights partner,” Mr Green said.
“I know everyone from the event organiser and rights holder, BSI in the UK, to the riders and our own team including the track builders are thrilled with the very tangible support of QBE. It helps to build credibility and stability and we couldn’t be happier with the arrangement.”
QBE’s partnership means for at least the next two years the event will be officially known as the QBE Insurance Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix.
Michael Gallagher, National Manager – Motorcycle, QBE Insurance Australia, said he was fortunate enough to have witnessed the excitement of last year’s event and the insurer was proud to be involved in 2016.
“We’re incredibly pleased to be establishing this partnership with the FIM Speedway Grand Prix and supporting one of the most exciting motorsport events in Australia,” Mr Gallagher said.
“QBE Insurance Australia has been involved with the motorcycle industry for more than 40 years and we’re looking forward to this new opportunity to stand with other passionate bike owners, riders and newcomers in October.”
This year’s event will be the second of a five year partnership with BSI, with the option of a further five years on top of that.
Michael Green said his team’s intention was to make the QBE Insurance Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix on October 22 part of the Melbourne and Australian sporting landscape, and ultimately the best speedway grand prix in the world.
‘Last year was a fantastic start and QBE’s involvement is another step in the right direction,” he said.