It is a bigger occasion than previous years as, for the first time, the council, along with the local businesses have set up a licensed “wet area” at night.
While people may not bring alcohol to the event the bars and restaurants at the lower end of Thompson Avenue will have street vending of alcohol permitted during the course of the evening. As usual, the lower end of Thompson Avenue will be a bike-only area.
On the Friday and Saturday night of the event there will be bands, a DJ, a “Show and Shine” and also a range of interviews with riders and personnel from the MotoGP paddock conducted by Mark Bracks.
There will also be a super screen to broadcast the interviews so everyone can see. Also, as was the case last year, on Sunday evening there will be a replay of the afternoon’s MotoGP.
The interviews on both nights commence around 7pm and on Friday night Jack Miller will be on stage at around 8-8:15pm with other guests such as Colin Edwards and Australia’s latest MotoGP competitor, Mike Jones, while other MotoGP riders are expected to attend.
“Bass coast Council contacted me early in the year to see if we could arrange any of the MotoGP stars to come along and it is hard to lock them in at times, but it is great news for the fans that Jack Miller has made himself available to come along, as he is so busy during his home GP that he doesn’t have much time. We all really appreciate him making time to come down for a chat.
“We will be having a bit of fun when I have a chat with them and hopefully, I will have a couple more riders that I may be able to talk into coming along although the Yamaha and Honda factory teams have dinners on Friday night and all of them wish to keep a low profile on the eve of the GP. However I am talking to others that are a fixture in the paddock to come and have a chat, plus I am working on another surprise that will be excellent entertainment. On Sunday night I am aiming to get some more up there but many are leaving to head to Malaysia, so I will have to wait and see how the weekend unfolds.”
On Saturday night the MotoGP riders may be otherwise focused and as such a number of the local riders from the Australian Superbike Championship including recently crowned champion, Troy Herfoss will be on hand as well as Australia’s Wild Card rider in the Moto3 category, Matt Barton, will be on stage with Bracksy.
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