Wednesday, January 6

SUPERBIKE OPENER PROMISES MORE ACTION

Kawasaki's 2015 Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea leads Ducati's Chaz Davies at Phillip Island last year.  Expect to see them back at it again February 27 & 28.
Racing, racing and more racing! 

That’s the promise from the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit as they plan next month's Superbike World Championship opening round with a bumper two-wheel speed fest that delivers nearly 20 per cent more racing.

For the first time in the Superbike World Championship's 28 year history, the Superbike action will be split over Saturday and Sunday.

Previously, both Superbike races were held on the Sunday.

Three times Superbike World Champion Troy Bayliss filled in for injured Ducati man Davide Giugliano at Phillip Island last year.  This year the Italian is aiming to be fully fit for the SWC opener in Australia in February.


A ticket to the Supers is just $115 for a three-day general admission pass.

In a fresh approach for February’s popular world supers, the traditional double-header Sunday format will be jettisoned in favour of one world superbike race each day, with both 22-lappers to be held at 3:00pm on February 27 and 28 respectively.

The revamped schedule means circuit goers will get to see their favourite riders a day earlier — including Aussie motorcycle ace Josh Brookes, world champion Jonathan Rea and 2016’s new WorldSBK recruit Nicky Hayden — back at it the next day.  

World Superbikes will still practice and qualify Friday and Saturday, but Superpole has been moved up to Saturday to run from 12.30pm prior to the 3:00pm Saturday race. 

Tom Sykes leads the pack at Phillip Island.  Will we see him
finally score a race win at Phillip Island this year?
Superpole will be as cut-throat as ever, with not only the aforementioned three riders in the mix but other stars such as 2014 world champion Sylvain Guintoli and his new Yamaha team-mate Alex Lowes, Kawasaki's pole supremo Tom Sykes, Ducati's Chaz Davies, BMW rider Jordi Torres and Honda's Michael van der Mark.

World Supersport keeps its normal Sunday afternoon timeslot over 18 laps, but the popular Superpole format is also being adopted by the category.  The cut-throat Superpole session for the Supersport machines will be held on Saturday from 1.30pm.

SUPPORT RACES
As well as the three world championship races, there will be a packed programme of 12 support events over the weekend, with Australian Superbike, Australian Supersport and Australian 125GP/Moto 3 classes competing in three races per category across Saturday and Sunday.

Each race is 10 laps and will also counts towards points in the opening round of the 2016 Australian Superbike and Phillip Island Championships.

The superbikes of yesteryear - historic bikes manufactured between 1973 and 1990 (aka Period 5 and 6) - return for 2016, and are set to pack a mean punch piloted by some of the retired greats.  They’ll compete across three six-lap battles.

On-track action will begin at 8:30am on both February 27 & 28, and conclude at approximately 6:00pm on Saturday and 5:00pm on Sunday.