Reigning Australian Superbike champion Wayne Maxwell has been thrown a racing lifeline by Honda, and will mount his first attack of the new season against established rivals Glenn Allerton, Josh Hook and Jamie Stauffer in the opening round of the inaugural Phillip Island Championship at Phillip Island next weekend, February 21-23.

The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit has joined forces with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to launch the championship.  Catering for national-level superbike, prostock and supersport classes, the title chase will kick off at next weekend’s world superbike round and conclude at the MotoGP round from October 17-19 – a total of four races for each category across the two meetings.

For Maxwell, he’s just relieved to be on the grid after the recent demise of his  2013 employer, Team Suzuki, because of a lack of sponsorship, which left him precious time to scramble a new deal for 2014.

He has now reunited with the marque where he has spent most of his professional career and arrives at the island today with Team Honda Racing to conduct a two day test on the new CBR1000 RR SP.

“I’m really happy to have found a home at Honda again, so I’d like to thank them as well as my other sponsors Motul and Pirelli,” said Maxwell, who has been a dominant force at Phillip Island in recent years.

“There has been plenty of uncertainty about my future but it’s all settling down, and as well as the Phillip Island Championship I’ll also be competing in the 2014 Australasian Superbike Championship.”

Maxwell’s Honda CBR1000RR will be prepared by Motologic, the Melbourne-based tuning house which also runs the official Team Honda outfit of Hook and Stauffer.

The superbike field at Phillip Island will combine with 15 Prostock riders to produce a 35-strong grid to compete in the two 12-lap races, while Australian Supersport competitors will contest two 10-lap battles.

For Hook, Stauffer and Allerton (BMW), the Phillip Island Championship will mark a welcome return to the national support fold after competing as wildcards in the international classes at Phillip Island in 2013.

Hook is still searching for his maiden superbike victory at the circuit and is looking forward to debuting the new souped-up CB R1000RR SP at Phillip Island .

“Every time I get on the Honda superbike I find something extra and take another step forward, which is the most pleasing thing for me,” said Hook.

“And the new SP looks like an unreal bike, so that’s going to make things even more interesting. I should have a great battle with Jamie, Wayne and Glenn, but it doesn’t really matter who I’m up against – I just love pumping out the laps at Phillip Island, which is my favourite track in the world. I’m stoked that Honda has committed to the Phillip Island Championship.”

Former supersport and superstock ace ‘Mad’ Mike Jones (Kawasaki) will be making his superbike debut at Phillip Island ahead of a full-time national campaign in 2014, and the four prostock standouts are Matt Walters, Chris Trounson, Dustin Goldsmith and lap record holder Sean Condon – all Kawasaki mounted except for Trounson  (Honda). Prostock is a more standardised version of a superbike.

Walters is on a serious career trajectory, and gave riders like Broc Parkes and Kevin Curtain a torrid time in the 2013 FX-Superbike Championship.

In superport, the field is a cracker, with six of the top eight in the 2013 Australian title –Daniel Falzon, Aaron Morris, Michael Blair, Callum Spriggs, Aiden Wagner and Mason Coote – joined by Matt Davies, who was a world supersport rider in 2013. The winner could come down to a lottery, but Yamaha’s in the box seat for its own accolades: all the riders are on the Japanese equipment.

No

First Name Last Name Entrant

State

Grade

Make

Capacity

Class

1

Wayne Maxwell Motul Honda

VIC

A

Honda CBR

1000

Superbike

9

Brad Conder YRD, Ciscos Race Tuning

VIC

C

Yamaha R1

1000

Superbike

10

Adrian Pierpoint

QLD

B

Aprilia RSV4

999

Prostock

11

Philip Czaj Czaj Racing, 4SR Australia

VIC

C

Aprilia RSV4

1000

Prostock

14

Glenn Allerton Dynotech Maxima BMW

NSW

A

BMW HP4

1000

Superbike

17

Sophie Lovett Kawasaki, Held Ricondi Shark

NZ

B

Kawasaki

1000

Superbike

18

Ben Henry Cube Racing, Australia Outdoor Living

WA

A

Kawasaki

1000

Prostock

19

Phil Lovett Cessnock M/C, Central Coast Harley Davidson

NSW

A

Kawasaki

1000

Superbike

20

Matt Walters Rover Coaches, Kawasaki Connections

NSW

A

Kawasaki

1000

Prostock

21

Liam Wilkinson

SA

A

Aprilia RSV4

1000

Prostock

24

Stephen Mion Fitmoto, Bulleen Health and Fitness

VIC

C

Kawasaki

1000

Superbike

26

Sean Condon Bikebiz/Ipone/Swann Insurance Racing

NSW

A

Kawasaki

1000

Prostock

27

Jamie Stauffer Team Honda Racing

NSW

A

Honda CBR

1000

Superbike

28

Travis Baas Ord’s Motorcycles

VIC

C

Suzuki GSXR

1000

Prostock

29

Liam Daniels Titanium Race Team / SUPAFIT Nutrition

VIC

B

Yamaha R1

1000

Prostock

33

Richard Ellis IMOTO / Nzi Helmets

VIC

B

BMW

1000

Prostock

34

Josh Hook Team Honda Racing

NSW

A

Honda CBR

1000

Superbike

36

Murray Clark

QLD

A

Suzuki GSXR

1000

Superbike

42

Aaron Knoblock

WA

C

Kawasaki

1000

Superbike

45

Braith Pejkovic Gas Honda

VIC

B

Honda CBR

1000

Superbike

46

Michael Jones Crazy Dogs Kawasaki, XXX Rated Suspension

QLD

A

Kawasaki

1000

Superbike

51

Dustin Goldsmith Goldy’s Trailers & Towbars

NSW

A

Kawasaki

1000

Prostock

54

Adam Christie Ace Racing, Moto Adelaide

SA

A

BMW

1000

Superbike

55

Andrew Ord Ords Motorcycles

VIC

A

Suzuki GSXR

1000

Superbike

60

Ben Burke BC Performance A1 Kawasaki

NSW

A

Kawasaki

1000

Superbike

62

Chris Trounson Gas Honda

VIC

A

Honda CBR

1000

Prostock

70

Josh King

TAS

C

Yamaha

998

Prostock

77

Adam Senior Boreclean, City Toyota

WA

A

Suzuki GSXR

1000

Superbike

78

James Arnold Italian Motorcycles Adelaide, Arkaba Hotel

SA

B

Ducati

1199

Superbike

81

Chris Perini

NSW

C

Ducati

1199

Prostock

91

Leigh Price Race Centre, Freestyle Honda

VIC

C

BMW RR

1000

Prostock

92

Johny Arkisian Titanium Race Team / SUPAFIT Nutrition

VIC

C

Yamaha R1

1000

Prostock

96

Mathew Harding K&R Hydraulics / Kawasaki Connection

NSW

B

Kawasaki

1000

Prostock

117

Jason Ivkovic Edlan Freight

SA

C

Suzuki GSXR

1000

Superbike

171

Trent Gibson

VIC

A

Kawasaki

1000

Prostock
“I’m really happy to have found a home at Honda again, so I’d like to thank them as well as my other sponsors Motul and Pirelli,” said Maxwell, who has been a dominant force at Phillip Island in recent years.   “There has been plenty of uncertainty about my future but it’s all settling down, and as well as the Phillip Island Championship I’ll also be competing in the 2014 Australasian Superbike Championship.”
“I’m really happy to have found a home at Honda again, so I’d like to thank them as well as my other sponsors Motul and Pirelli,” said Maxwell, who has been a dominant force at Phillip Island in recent years.
“There has been plenty of uncertainty about my future but it’s all settling down, and as well as the Phillip Island Championship I’ll also be competing in the 2014 Australasian Superbike Championship.”
Hook is still searching for his maiden superbike victory at the circuit and is looking forward to debuting the new souped-up CB R1000RR SP at Phillip Island .   “Every time I get on the Honda superbike I find something extra and take another step forward, which is the most pleasing thing for me,” said Hook.
Hook is still searching for his maiden superbike victory at the circuit and is looking forward to debuting the new souped-up CB R1000RR SP at Phillip Island .
“Every time I get on the Honda superbike I find something extra and take another step forward, which is the most pleasing thing for me,” said Hook.
Allerton and Hook
Allerton and Hook
For Hook, Stauffer and Allerton (BMW), the Phillip Island Championship will mark a welcome return to the national support fold after competing as wildcards in the international classes at Phillip Island in 2013.
For Hook, Stauffer and Allerton (BMW), the Phillip Island Championship will mark a welcome return to the national support fold after competing as wildcards in the international classes at Phillip Island in 2013.
“And the new SP looks like an unreal bike, so that’s going to make things even more interesting. I should have a great battle with Jamie, Wayne and Glenn, but it doesn’t really matter who I’m up against – I just love pumping out the laps at Phillip Island, which is my favourite track in the world. I’m stoked that Honda has committed to the Phillip Island Championship.”
“And the new SP looks like an unreal bike, so that’s going to make things even more interesting. I should have a great battle with Jamie, Wayne and Glenn, but it doesn’t really matter who I’m up against – I just love pumping out the laps at Phillip Island, which is my favourite track in the world. I’m stoked that Honda has committed to the Phillip Island Championship.”
Glenn Allerton again will front up for BMW
Glenn Allerton again will front up for BMW

KIDS** FREE AT PHILLIP ISLAND WORLD SUPERBIKES

Phillip Island’s QBE round of the three day World Superbike Championship is big value, with action and entertainment for all the family.    There’s 14 races from six categories on the programme:  world championship classes – world superbike and world supersport – and local classes for  Australian superbike/prostock and Australian supersport in the Phillip Island Championship, plus historics for the veterans and the MRRDA juniors for 12-16 year olds.   In addition, dirt bike action is free for all with FREE ArenaCross happening both Saturday and Sunday on the new dirt track behind Lukey Heights.

Tickets are on sale now for the three day world superbike deal, with bargain deals to be had.   A three day pass purchased in advance is just $99* for an adult, with children** 15 and under FREE, if accompanied by a full paying adult.  The $99* deal ends next Wednesday, February 19 at 2pm so get it now to secure your family passes. (Three day pass $150 at gate).

Trackside camping is also a bargain $80 per adult, purchased in advance, ($110 at gate) for four nights under the stars.  Children 15 and under, accompanied by a full paying adult, are free.

Want the best view in the house?  Try BarSBK for $250* for three days (only available in advance)  with undercover, licensed viewing areas at three of the circuit’s best viewing areas – Doohan Corner, Siberia and Lukey Heights.

For all ticket and campsite bookings for the QBE world superbike round go to www.worldsbk.com.au or call the circuit hotline on 1 300 728 007.   For accommodation go to www.visitphillipisland.com

In addition, your world superbike ticket allows you to take advantage of many Phillip Island offers from local attractions, eateries and accommodation houses.  Click here for details

http://www.visitphillipisland.com/listing/world-superbike-championship-exclusive-offers-to-ticket-holders/

*Plus processing and postage fee – $8 per transaction.   Our $99 deal and $80 camping deal closes Wednesday February 19 at 2pm AESST.

**Children are classified as 15 and under, accompanied by a full paying adult.