The 2020 Australian event will set a new record being the 30th round to be held at Victoria’s world- acclaimed Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. The first event, held in 1990 was won by two Australians – the opening 1990 race to Peter Goddard and the second race to Robbie Phillis. The WorldSBK championship has returned every year since 1990, bar 1993.
No other circuit on the global tour has hosted as many rounds with riders, teams and fans flocking for three decades to the sweeping turns and thrillingly fast 4.445 km circuit that borders the stunning ocean vista of Bass Strait.
“It is now a tradition for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship to kick-off the new season down-under and we are delighted to return in 2020,” said Gregorio Lavilla, WorldSBK Executive Director, Sporting and Organisation. “The Australian round at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is one of the most awaited rounds of the year, not just because it is the first on the WorldSBK calendar, but for the beautiful venue and the warmth of the Australian crowds. Their true enthusiasm for motorsports makes the entire round an even more unique event. For 2020, the unmissable WorldSBK action at Phillip Island will be held the last weekend of February from February 28 to March 1.”
Race weekend will run from Friday to Sunday, with practice and qualifying Friday dominating the day one schedule and Free Paddock Friday giving everyone close-range access to the riders and the last- minute season preparations.
World superbikes will continue with the three-race format of two 22-lap Phillip Island battles and the ten lap Tissot Superpole Race making both Saturday and Sunday “race” days for WorldSBK. World supersport is back, plus Australian superbikes leads the national classes, with all local categories launching their 2020 national championships and guaranteeing spectacular racing for all three days.
“We know fans love the summer weather of world superbikes. It’s a perfect time for camping at the circuit and enjoying a weekend away with mates or family at Phillip Island,” said David Bennett, General Manager of the Phillip Island Circuit. “And of course, with 30 years of world superbikes, we have plenty to celebrate so it will be a special round. It’s time to put the date in your diary and start planning a getaway.”
For further information and planning go to www.worldsbk.com.au with tickets on sale at Ticketek in September.
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