Motor Sports

Brookes and Yamaha reunite for Phillip Island

Friday January 20, 2017 by  

Aussie road racing star Josh Brookes will be the sole Aussie wildcard at the Phillip Island Yamaha Finance round of the 2017 Superbike World Championship from February 24-26 – riding the same Yamaha YZF-R1M he won the 2015 British superbike title on!

Sydney’s Josh Brookes riding his Yamaha YZF-R1M to 2015 British SBK Race win.
Photo courtesy of IRPR, Tim Keeton/Impact Images

Brookes will reunite with the all-conquering machine after it was purchased by former road racer Deon Coote, who now runs a Melbourne-based road construction company called Elite Roads – the major backer of Brookes’ Phillip Island campaign.

Coote purchased the YZF-R1M from BSB team owner Tommy Hill, who had previously taken ownership after Brookes won the 2015 title. Hill recently announced his withdrawal from BSB, opening the door for Coote to make an offer.

“Deon was looking to buy a bike out of the UK, built and prepped,” said Brookes, who will return to the BSB title in 2017 with the Anvil TAG Yamaha squad. Read more

Motorcycling Championships to stay at Phillip Island

Sunday April 10, 2016 by  

Victoria’s motorcycling mecca, the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit, will remain Australia’s exclusive home of the world’s leading motorcycling championships with MotoGP and World Superbikes confirmed to race at the scintillating 4.445km island circuit for another decade plus.

The contract extensions for both championships were announced by the Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events, the Hon. John Eren MP today, assuring fans MotoGP will race at the track until 2026 and the FIM Superbike World Championship for production bikes (WorldSBK) will return each year until 2027.

The host agreement was reached between the State Government of Victoria, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, the Victorian Major Events Company (VMEC), the international promoter of both championships – the Spanish group DORNA, and the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit. Read more

Rea makes it a stellar double

Sunday February 28, 2016 by  

World champion Jonathan Rea has completed a stunning double in the opening round of the 2016 Motul Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island by winning this afternoon’s second 22-lap race.

The Kawasaki pilot defeated Honda’s Michael van der Mark and Ducati’s Davide Giugliano to complete the clean sweep, while it was a disaster for Chaz Davies (Ducati) who crashed on the final lap while trying to pass Rea under brakes at turn four.

Davies remounted and finished in 10th position, a fastest lap of 1:31.321 for the race scant consolations for what could have been. Read more

Rea defeats Davies in WorldSBK dogfight

Saturday February 27, 2016 by  

World champion Jonathan Rea (Kawaski) has edged out fellow Briton Chaz Davies (Ducati) in a brilliant opening race of the world superbike season at Phillip Island this afternoon.

Jonathan Rea celebrates on the podium after winning the first World Superbikes race for 2016.
Photo courtesy of Ingrid Roepers PR

In a cracking race to start the 29th season of WorldSBK racing, it all boiled down to a dogfight between the pair on the final lap.

Davies managed to get past Rea at turn 10, but it was short-lived as Rea blasted straight back into the lead at the next bend and held the advantage to the chequered flag.

The final margin between the pair was 0.063 seconds, with Honda’s Michael van der Mark scoring an excellent third position on his Honda. Read more

Phillis to race at Phillip Island

Friday January 29, 2016 by  

Just turned 22-year-old Melburnian, Alex Phillis, is the latest Australian to join the mushrooming local roster at the opening round of the 2016 Supersport World Championship (WorldSSP) at Phillip Island from February 26-28.

Phillis will ride an Aark Honda-entered CBR600RR in the 21-lap race, alongside Australian championship full-timers Glenn Scott (Honda), Aiden Wagner (MV Agusta) and Lachlan Epis (Kawasaki), as well as local wildcards Anthony West (Yamaha), Kane Burns (Suzuki) and Mitch Levy (Yamaha).

With the addition of Phillis, it’s now the largest Australian representation in a WorldSSP race at Phillip Island since way back in 2002 when the likes of Andrew Pitt, Chris Vermeulen and Kevin Curtain were in full swing. Pitt actually won the 2002 race on a Kawasaki as he made a bright start to the defence of his world title. Read more

Jonathan Rea claims 2015 Superbike World Title

Monday September 21, 2015 by  

Jonathan Rea – the husband of Phillip Island local Tatia Weston – has been crowned World Superbike Champion of 2015 after a stellar season including 12 race wins and 20 podium finishes from 21 races.

Jonathan Rea celebrates with his title winning Kawasaki team.
Photo courtesy of GeeBee Images

Building an unassailable lead, he finished the job conservatively at round 11 at Spain’s Jerez circuit overnight, taking two fourth places to sign off on his first world superbike title.

Rea took the title with 478 points, and after 11 rounds Ducati’s Chaz Davies sits in second place on 353 points and team mate Tom Sykes on 331 points.

The final two rounds are to be held France’s Magny Cours and Qatar on October 18. Read more

Rea and Haslam share the spoils

Sunday February 22, 2015 by  

British riders have stolen the show at the opening round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island, with Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam sharing first and second places in the two races, pushed all the way by Chaz Davies.

British rider Leon Haslam turned the tables on his former Honda teammate Jonathan Rea to win race two at Phillip Island.
Photo courtesy of Ingrid Roepers Media

For Australia’s Troy Bayliss, making a celebrated return to world superbike action after seven years away from the island, it was a trying outing on the factory Ducati as he recorded 13-16 results.

Northern Ireland’s Rea (Kawasaki) was the first rider to get a win on the board in 2015 when he won race one, holding off Haslam (Aprilia) by just 0.039 seconds after a pulsating 22 laps.

It was Rea’s maiden victory at Phillip Island, as well as reaching the summit for the first time out with his new employer, Kawasaki.

The breakthrough also came on Rea’s second ‘home’ track, as he’s married to a Phillip Island girl, Tatia Weston, and spends Australian summers at the seaside location. Read more

Bayliss rivals relishing the challenge

Thursday February 19, 2015 by  

Some of world superbike’s biggest names have reacted with a mix of trepidation and excitement with news that Aussie motorcycling legend Troy Bayliss is making a one-off comeback aboard the factory Ducati at this weekend’s opening round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island.

Aussie motorcycling legend Troy Bayliss returning to World Superbikes after seven years in retirement.
Photo courtesy of Ingrid Roepers Media

Reigning world champion Sylvain Guintoli, who will begin his title defence on a Honda this weekend, joked that Bayliss has now taken the “oldest rider in the paddock” mantle off him – Bayliss is 45 years old – but also cautioned that he could be surprise a lot of people.

“You never know what Troy is going to do,” said Guintoli at today’s Phillip Island media conference, where Bayliss’ wildcard outing was still the hot topic of conversation. “He could surprise everybody and be very fast, and he has got a lot of balls to come back and do it.” Read more

Australia’s motorcycling mecca welcomes the world’s riders

Wednesday February 11, 2015 by  

As Phillip Island prepares to host a record 25th round of the FIM Superbike World Championship next week (February 20-22), there’s never been a better time to reflect on why Victoria’s Grand Prix circuit is universally admired by riders, teams and fans.

Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit celebrates 25 years of hosting World Superbike.
Photo courtesy of Ingrid Roepers Media

The 4.445km piece of beautifully sculptured bitumen, adjacent to Bass Strait, continues to be a central hub for world championship-level road racing in Australia, hosting the Superbike World Championship and MotoGP rounds every year.

Heroic performances by Aussie champions like Wayne Gardner, Mick Doohan and Casey Stoner at Phillip Island have not only helped them become Australian motorcycling legends, but parts of the venerated track have been named in their honour.

Gardner’s win in the very first Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in 1989 will probably forever remain etched as the circuit’s most memorable hour, while Stoner’s run of six consecutive victories is a golden era that’s unlikely to be ever matched again. Read more

Glenn Scott to take on the world

Tuesday February 3, 2015 by  

Australia will have a full-time representative in the 2015 Supersport World Championship, with NSW Central Coast rider Glenn Scott to campaign an AARK Racing-entered Honda CBR600RR.

Championship debut for NSW Central Coast rider Glenn Scott at Phillip Island.
Photo courtesy of Deus Images

Scott will make his championship debut at Phillip Island’s Swann-backed opening round on February 22, with the 23-year-old thrilled to be plying his trade on the international stage.

“This is a massive opportunity that Andy (Offer) from AARK Racing has put in front of me and I can’t thank him enough,” said Scott. “To think I’ll be lining up on the world stage is a dream come true and I honestly can’t wait to get on the CBR600RR at the Island. I’m glad the season starts in Phillip Island at a track I know, as the calendar goes to many new circuits for me.

“It’s going to be tough but that’s what to expect on the world stage. I have a lot of experience now after many years of racing and I feel this opportunity has come at the perfect time. Read more