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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

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

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

Five Aussie wildcards at Phillip Island WSBK round

Friday January 16, 2015 by  

Young guns Jed Metcher and Aiden Wagner are among the five local riders who will make one-off appearances as ‘wildcards’ in the opening round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island from February 20-22.

Kawasaki rider Jed Metcher one of five wildcards bound for Phillip Island.
Photo courtesy of IRPR Media

Metcher will join Matthew Walters in the world superbike class at the Swann Insurance-backed Phillip Island round, while Wagner’s compatriots in the world supersport category will be Sam Lambert and Tim Boujos.

Australia’s best chance of a strong result at Phillip Island probably rests with 20-year-old Wagner, who hails from Wamuran in Queensland.

Not only is he the current Australasian supersport champion, but he also competed in the 2014 Moto2 world championship round at Phillip Island as a wildcard, producing a solid performance. Read more

February’s Hottest High Speed Date

Thursday December 18, 2014 by  

All is set for February’s hottest high speed date with the launch today of the agenda for the opening round of the FIM Superbike World Championship, Phillip Island Swann round, at Australia’s thrilling Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit.

World Superbikes action 2014 at Lukey Heights, Phillip Island.
Photo courtesy of IRPR Media

Wall to wall racing is what world superbikes is all about and if you love motorcycles and world class sport, a ticket to the supers is the perfect Christmas gift for yourself – or for your mate. Go to www.worldsbk.com.au for bookings.

The February 20-22 event kicks off the 2015 world title chase for the leading production-based categories of world superbikes and world supersport with new rules, new riders and new machinery to thrill world motorcycling fans.

The schedule is super charged for 2015 with local classes of four frenetic categories launching their national championships being Australian Superbike, Australian Supersport, Moto3/125GP and the Australian Juniors. Read more