Island Classic 2019 Ready to Rumble

If you love bikes, there’s nothing closer to pure heaven than immersing yourself in a world of motorcycles, mechanics and memorabilia at the iconic historic event, the International Island Classic at Australia’s Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit.

Now in its 26th year, the Classic presented by Visit Phillip Island, hits the island this Australia Day long weekend from Friday to Sunday January 25-27, with 56 races on the agenda and tickets available at www.islandclassic.com.au or at the gate from Friday.

Island Classic 2018

Celebrating a century of motorbikes, the Island Classic has over 450 bikes racing and on display from old Indians, Nortons and Vincents through to vintage Triumphs, Harleys and Ducatis. There’s six historic categories from pre-WW1 bikes through Vintage (1920-1945), Classic and Post Classic (from 1946 to 1972) and the more recent Forgotten Era and New Era classes fighting for class honours and the Phil Irving Perpetual Trophy.

Island Classic

INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE
AUS VS TEAM USA VS NZ

They all race hard, but when it comes to the dog-eat-dog competition the focus is on the International Challenge. Now in its 15th year, the Challenge will see defending champion Australia take on the USA and New Zealand on bikes manufactured between 1973 and 1985, piloted by riders boasting loads of experience and exceptional talent.

Team Australia Island Classic
Island Classic International Challenge – Team Australia 2018

Each team will feature the top 13 riders from their nominated squads based on qualifying times, contesting four, six-lap races over Saturday and Sunday and running MA approved fules, Roo 99 and Elf LMS, after federal legislation banning the use of AVGAS in Australian racing from 2019.

Australia has a top-notch team led by Adelaide’s David Johnson – the star of the 2018 campaign that saw the Aussies win back the International Challenge trophy from the UK after a three-year drought.

David Johnson Island Classic
Island Classic International Challenge – David Johnson

Also on the roster is Isle of Man winner Cameron Donald; world endurance champion, Melbourne’s Steve Martin; three-time Australian superbike champion and Island Classic champion Shawn Giles; and Coffs Harbour’s Beau Beaton who last year won the Phil Irving Trophy.

But the locals will need riders of this calibre, along with plenty of purpose, pace and guile, as the Americans and New Zealanders are returning in better shape than ever.

Jason Pridmore - 2018 Island Classic - TBG Image
Jason Pridmore – 2018 Island Classic – TBG Image

America – which alongside Australia was a pioneer of big-bore superbike racing in the late 1970s and early 1980s – has pulled in some extra big guns to assist Jason Pridmore in 2019: four-time AMA superbike champion Josh Hayes as well as Steve Rapp, Mark Miller, Larry Pegram and Dale Quarterley.

2017 Island Classic International Challenge Race One - Start - Image by Kris Hodgson
2017 Island Classic International Challenge Race One – Start – Image by Kris Hodgson

A late entry is the versatile Mark Miller, who is an old team mate of Australia’s Johnson, and has raced everything from Isle of Man to Macau Street Race to Pikes Peak. Aussie expatriate journalist Rennie Scaysbrook is also a part of the American team, which predominantly has a mix of oversized Yamaha FJ1100 four-strokes and TZ750 two-strokes at its disposal.

Clive Warner’s TZ750

The Kiwis have capitalised on their long-term relationship with gun racer, Alex Phillis, and the Taupo-based Carl Cox Motorsport – the motorsport arm of international DJ Carl Cox – to strengthen their ranks. Cox brings with him three-time British superbike champion John Reynolds, ‘modern’ and classic racer Jay Lawrence, and Michael Neeves, the senior road tester at iconic UK publication MCN.

John Reynolds BSB Donington
John Reynolds seen here at Donington in 2005

The Kiwis have also sought dispensation for two 1985 Suzuki GSX-Rs for the Carl Cox camp to run. One year outside the Island Classic eligibility, the two Suzukis will be subject to agreed performance restrictions- comprising of a reduction in RPM limit, an overall weight increase and a reduced rear tyre width to eliminate any possible traction advantage.

2017 Island Classic - Pablo's Motorcycle Tyres Period 6/New Era Formula 1300 - Chas Hern, Dean Oughtred - Image: Cameron White
2017 Island Classic – Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres Period 6/New Era Formula 1300 – Chas Hern, Dean Oughtred – Image: Cameron White

To be campaigned by Reynolds and Neeves, the duo’s performance will be counted in International Challenge points, but not in the tally for the Ken Wootton Perpetual Trophy that’s awarded to the rider with the highest individual points.

David Johnson – Ducati 750 Imola – TBG Image

In a first for the International Challenge, the 2019 event will be filmed and post-produced into a two-hour television program set to be broadcast around the globe. Screen agreements have been reached with networks in Europe, UK, America, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Locally, the event will be screened on Fox Sports and SBS, later in February.

XR69 Suzuki

TICKETS

The 26th International Island Classic, presented by Visit Phillip Island, is the perfect Australia Day getaway without breaking the bank. A three-day adult ticket for the January 25-27 event, is just $82 purchased in advance, and free for children 15 and under (accompanied by a full-paying adult). You can camp at the circuit for four nights for just over $20 per night (with kids once again free) which is a bargain in anyone’s language.

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Add it up and you can have a four-day weekend away, with four nights of on-circuit camping, and three days entry to one of the world’s great historic bike meets for the grand total of just $164* per adult and you can bring your kids for free!

Tickets for the largest historic bike meet in the Southern Hemisphere, the 26th International Island Classic, presented by Visit Phillip Island, are available on islandclassic.com.au or at the gate.

Island Classic pits always hold plenty of surprises and eye candy

*All prices quoted are advance tickets which end midday Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Buy advance and save. Gate ticket prices are additional.


Event Schedule

25th – 27th January 2019

Island Classic

Friday 25th January 2019
9:00 amStart
 Q1Pre-War, 125 Post Classic & Forgotten Era, 250 Post Classic & Classic15 min
 Q2250 Forgotten Era, 125 New Era & Shannons Insurance 350 Classic15 min
 Q3500 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Post Classic15 min
 Q4Unlimited Forgotten Era – Odds15 min
 Q5Unlimited Forgotten Era – Evens15 min
 Q6Shannons Insurance 500 Post Classic15 min
 Q7Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 75015 min
 Q8350 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Classic15 min
 Q9Shannons Insurance 500 Classic & 350 Post Classic15 min
 Q10International Challenge – Slowest 50%8 min
 Q11International Challenge – Fastest 50%8 min
 Q12250 New Era & 250 New Era Production15 min
 Q13Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 130015 min
 Q14500 New Era15 min
E1*Pre-War, 125 Post Classic & Forgotten Era, 250 Post Classic & Classic4 Laps
E2*250 Forgotten Era, 125 New Era & Shannons Insurance 350 Classic4 Laps
E3*500 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Post Classic4 Laps
E4*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Premier4 Laps
E5*Unlimited Forgotten Era  – Minor4 Laps
Q15International Challenge – Slowest 50%8 min
Q16International Challenge – Fastest 50%8 min
E6*Shannons Insurance 500 Post Classic4 Laps
E7*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 7504 Laps
5:00 pmFinish 
* Points awarded toward the Phil Irving Perpetual trophy

 

Island Classic

Saturday 26th January 2019
9:00 amStart
E8*350 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Classic4 Laps
E9*Shannons Insurance 500 Classic & 350 Post Classic4 Laps
E10*250 New Era & 250 New Era Production4 Laps
E11*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 13004 Laps
E12*500 New Era4 Laps
E13*Pre-War, 125 Post Classic & Forgotten Era, 250 Post Classic & Classic5 Laps
E14*250 Forgotten Era, 125 New Era & Shannon’s Insurance 350 Classic5 Laps
E15*500 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Post Classic5 Laps
E16*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Premier5 Laps
E17*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Minor5 Laps
D1Demonstration Lap2 Laps
E18International Challenge 6 Laps
E19*Shannons Insurance 500 Post Classic5 Laps
E20*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 7505 Laps
E21*350 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Classic5 Laps
E22*Shannons Insurance 500 Classic & 350 Post Classic5 Laps
E23*250 New Era & 250 New Era Production5 Laps
E24*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 13005 Laps
E25*500 New Era5 Laps
D2Demonstration Lap2 Laps
E26International Challenge 6 Laps
E27*Pre-War, 125 Post Classic & Forgotten Era, 250 Post Classic & Classic4 Laps
E28*250 Forgotten Era, 125 New Era & Shannons Insurance 350 Classic4 Laps
E29*500 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Post Classic4 Laps
E30*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Premier4 Laps
5.00pmFinish
* Points awarded toward the Phil Irving Perpetual trophy

 

Island Classic

Sunday 27th January 2019
9:00 amStart
E31*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Minor4 Laps
E32*Shannons Insurance 500 Post Classic4 Laps
E33*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 7504 Laps
E34*350 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Classic4 Laps
E35*Shannons Insurance 500 Classic & 350 Post Classic4 Laps
E36*250 New Era & 250 New Era Production4 Laps
E37*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 13004 Laps
E38*500 New Era4 Laps
D3Demonstration2 Laps
E39International Challenge 6 Laps
E40*Pre-War, 125 Post Classic & Forgotten Era, 250 Post Classic & Classic5 Laps
E41*250 Forgotten Era, 125 New Era & Shannon’s Insurance 350 Classic5 Laps
E42*500 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Post Classic5 Laps
E43*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Premier5 Laps
E44*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Minor5 Laps
E45*Shannons Insurance 500 Post Classic5 Laps
E46*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 7505 Laps
E47*350 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Classic5 Laps
ParadeShannons Insurance Parade Lap1 Lap
E48International Challenge 6 Laps
E49*Shannons Insurance 500 Classic & 350 Post Classic5 Laps
E50*250 New Era & 250 New Era Production5 Laps
E51*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 13005 Laps
E52*500 New Era5 Laps
5.00pmFinish
* Points awarded toward the Phil Irving Perpetual trophy

 


 

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2019 International Challenge Entry List
January 25-27 2019  
australia

Team Australia 

NameSponsorMakeModelYearCap
D JohnsonDMR Motorsport/Murray’s Brit Bikes/Race Bikes ServicesSuzukiXR69821100
S GilesT Birrell Racing / D & D Industries / Light Alloy EngineeringSuzukiKatana821294
J MetcherT-Rex / Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres / Race CentreHondaHarris F1821100
L FyffeLaurie Fyffe Ag-Spray Pty LtdSuzukiXR69801200
C DitchburnConsortium Racing / TCWeld Pro / RKR HydraulicsYamahaTZ75078750
P ByrneDMR Motorspor / Purgetec Pty LtdSuzukiMcIntosh841260
J MellerickMellerick DrainageHondaCB801200
A MorrisCorish Motorsport, TBR, VP Race FuelsSuzukiKatana821294
S WebsterT & K CarneySuzukiHarris821200
C DonaldK.H. Equipment Pty Ltd/ K-Tech Suspension/ HRD ApparelIrvingVincent821300
D OughtredCarl Cox Motorsport /  DynoverksSuzukiGSX11 Kat821260
S MartinT Birrell Rac/ D&D Industries/Light Alloy Engineering/QBESuzukiKatana821294
B BeatonK.H. Equipment Pty Ltd/K-Teck Suspension/HRD ApparelIrvingVincent821300
J AllenCustom Coatngs & Maintenance / C &M Motorcycle RepairsYamahaTZ78750
new zealand

Team New Zealand

NameSponsorMakeModel YearCap
J ReynoldsCarl Cox Motorsport / Team Classic SuzukiSuzukiGSXR851100
D CastletonT-Rex RacingHondaCB1100R811100
PhillisArnolds Fruit Market, Phillis RacingSuzukiXR69801170
M InesonSuzukiKatana821100
M NeevesCarl Cox MotorsportSuzukiGSX1100801100
J LawrenceCarl Cox Motorsport / TSS Red Baron / Shoei HelmetsSuzukiKatana GSX811100
G HindleGoulburn Power Centre / Old Gold MotorcyclesSuzukiXR69821170
B WilsonMoto Xtream NZ / Stainless Steel Products / DeWith MotoSuzukiXR69801170
D CouttsYamahaCMR F1841250
G CrutchleyKallista ElectricalKawasakiP&M781200
R GunnSpice Consulting Group | Sunset RacingHarrisF1821260
C StevensonStevenson Earthworks LtdSuzukiGS1000E791000
RichardsMotoxtreme RacingSuzukiGSX1100811170
P ByersSilkdene Australia / Motoextreme KawasakiSuzukiKatana821100
P JonesLindsay Pinker Racing Team / TechmotoHondaCB1100821123
united states

Team USA

NameSponsorMakeModelYearCap
J HayesYamahaFJ831250
D QuarterleyDunlop SBC Maxima VP Fuels Millennium Van DykSuzukiXR69841250
S RappMojo Yamaha / DunlopYamahaCMR FJ 11001100
D CrussellMojo Yamaha / CMR RacingYamahaTZ75078748
M MillerHypercylce USA / Dunlop USA / Bito R&DHarrisXR69841200
B LongKawasakiHarris821250
J PethoudVicious Cycle / Ten Moto RacingYamahaHarris F1841250
R ScaysbrookCycle News / Austwide HomesSuzukiGSX11XR69801170
J PridmoreDunlop / Dainese / AGVYamahaFJ1200831298
M GilbertCycle World MagazineYamahaFJ1100831250
E LindauerGuzzi Power / Racetech Suspensions / Mammoth MotorKawasakiKZ801000
R RuwoldtHarrisKawasaki801200
L PegramPegram RacingYamahaFJ1100831250
M MorrisonMorrison RacingSuzukiRGB500 82500
B LindBruce Lind RacingYamahaTZ75075749
J GuerreroIsland Racing Service / Motul / MichelinSuzukiXR69821200
W BoydSportcroft / Guzzi Power / RacetechM GuzziLe Mans801000

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2019 International Challenge Entry List
January 25-27 2019  
australia

Team Australia 

NameSponsorModelCap
D JohnsonDMR Motorsport/Murray’s Brit Bikes/Race Bikes ServicesXR691100
S GilesT Birrell Racing / D & D Industries / Light Alloy EngineeringKatana1294
J MetcherT-Rex / Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres / Race CentreHarris F11100
L FyffeLaurie Fyffe Ag-Spray Pty LtdXR691200
C DitchburnConsortium Racing / TCWeld Pro / RKR HydraulicsTZ750750
P ByrneDMR Motorspor / Purgetec Pty LtdMcIntosh1260
J MellerickMellerick DrainageCB1200
A MorrisCorish Motorsport, TBR, VP Race FuelsKatana1294
S WebsterT & K CarneyHarris1200
C DonaldK.H. Equipment Pty Ltd/ K-Tech Suspension/ HRD ApparelVincent1300
D OughtredCarl Cox Motorsport /  DynoverksGSX11 Kat1260
S MartinT Birrell Rac/ D&D Industries/Light Alloy Engineering/QBEKatana1294
B BeatonK.H. Equipment Pty Ltd/K-Teck Suspension/HRD ApparelVincent1300
J AllenCustom Coatngs & Maintenance / C &M Motorcycle RepairsTZ750
new zealand

Team New Zealand

NameSponsorModel Cap
J ReynoldsCarl Cox Motorsport / Team Classic SuzukiGSXR1100
D CastletonT-Rex RacingCB1100R1100
PhillisArnolds Fruit Market, Phillis RacingXR691170
M InesonKatana1100
M NeevesCarl Cox MotorsportGSX11001100
J LawrenceCarl Cox Motorsport / TSS Red Baron / Shoei HelmetsKatana GSX1100
G HindleGoulburn Power Centre / Old Gold MotorcyclesXR691170
B WilsonMoto Xtream NZ / Stainless Steel Products / DeWith MotoXR691170
D CouttsCMR F11250
G CrutchleyKallista ElectricalP&M1200
R GunnSpice Consulting Group | Sunset RacingF11260
C StevensonStevenson Earthworks LtdGS1000E1000
RichardsMotoxtreme RacingGSX11001170
P ByersSilkdene Australia / Motoextreme KawasakiKatana1100
P JonesLindsay Pinker Racing Team / TechmotoCB11001123
united states

Team USA

NameSponsorModelCap
J HayesFJ1250
D QuarterleyDunlop SBC Maxima VP Fuels Millennium Van DykXR691250
S RappMojo Yamaha / DunlopCMR FJ 11001100
D CrussellMojo Yamaha / CMR RacingTZ750748
M MillerHypercylce USA / Dunlop USA / Bito R&DXR691200
B LongHarris1250
J PethoudVicious Cycle / Ten Moto RacingHarris F11250
R ScaysbrookCycle News / Austwide HomesGSX11XR691170
J PridmoreDunlop / Dainese / AGVFJ12001298
M GilbertCycle World MagazineFJ11001250
E LindauerGuzzi Power / Racetech Suspensions / Mammoth MotorKZ1000
R RuwoldtKawasaki1200
L PegramPegram RacingFJ11001250
M MorrisonMorrison RacingRGB500 500
B LindBruce Lind RacingTZ750749
J GuerreroIsland Racing Service / Motul / MichelinXR691200
W BoydSportcroft / Guzzi Power / RacetechLe Mans1000