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Phillip Island retains WSBK round

Phillip Island will continue to host Australia's round of the World Superbike Championship until 2017.
Phillip Island will continue to host a round of the World Superbike Championship through to 2017 after agreeing an extension of its contract.

The Melbourne circuit was already contracted to host the Australian round until 2014, but has now signed an extension that will see it remain on the calendar from 2015 to 2017.

"The Government recognises the importance of the World Superbikes as part of Victoria's regional major events calendar and I am thrilled to announce another three years - which means another three years of economic stimulus and promotion of Phillip Island through national and international media and broadcast exposure,” said Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and Member for Bass Ken Smith "

One of the most popular circuits on the calendar, Phillip Island – which hosted its first WSBK round in 1990 - has become the traditional season opener for WSBK since 2009.

For Dorna managing direct Javier Alonso, there was little hesitation in ensuring Phillip Island remains the home of motorbikes in Australia.

"Phillip Island is a special place, a unique track in a unique location. The island always delivers intense competition, with its long straight and fast flowing turns. It's a great test for riders and a challenge for teams. The result is thrilling racing for fans whether they are cheering trackside or watching on television from anywhere around the globe."



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paul - Unregistered

March 07, 2013 2:50 AM

As a Sydneysider I congratulate Phillip Island, must be one of the worlds best locations, however the way that Dorna is heading I doubt if there will be a WSBK in 2017. I beleive that the intent will be to degrade SBK whilst trying to push Moto GP. It's time the old guys like Carmello made way for a new leadership that is in touch with what the fans want also. After all if they change SBK too much we just won't attend. Time for the promoters and teams to have a think tank on the future plans of Dorna. I for one would certainly support a breakaway series if it meant better events.

Bruce - Unregistered

March 02, 2013 6:25 PM

Facilities are crap at Phillip Island for wsbk. There's no grandstands at all. It's just not up to world standard for spectators. It's a top track & pits are great BUT what about shocking lack of facilities for general public ??? When will there ever be an enclosed permanent grandstand built on Gardner Straight ? Permanent toilets ? Ect I'm not going back till it improves



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