For season 2019 World Superbike rounds will host three races over one weekend for the first time in the series history.
Next season WorldSBK will stick with the now traditional Race One on Saturday at 1400, followed by a new short sprint race format at 1100 on Sunday, followed by another feature race at 1400 on Sunday to round out the triple-header weekends.
“World superbikes is always about action, lots and lots of back-to-back racing. This three-race initiative from Dorna and the teams is sensational,” said Fergus Cameron, circuit managing director. “It’s putting the fans first with lap upon lap of unrivalled action and that’s what we love. A third race will escalate the intensity of competition to a level unheard of before in the sport of motorcycle racing.”
Spectators at Phillip Island will not only be the first to enjoy the triple-treat format, but the event will also witness the debut of Ducati’s all-new Panigale V4 – and the intrigue associated with the Italian marque’s factory riders Davies and Bautista taking on the might of Rea’s all-conquering and proven Kawasaki.
Daniel Carrera, WorldSBK Executive Director explains
“To bring in a third ‘sprint race’ into the WorldSBK format for 2019 is something we have been planning for a long time now, so we are delighted to see the plans coming together. We are committed to bringing exciting races to the fans year on year, and we think the addition of a sprint race will add to the WorldSBK experience. We are continuing to work on the final adjustments and hope to bring more details in the near future.”
The February 22-24 event at Phillip Island will also host World Supersport Championship competition and national support races, so there will be action aplenty around the classic 4.45km island circuit from Friday to Sunday.
Tickets for the Yamaha Finance round of the 2019 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island from February 22-24 will go on sale next Friday, October 19 from Ticketek. For more information go to www.worldsbk.com.au or call the circuit WorldSBK hotline on 1 300 728 007.