Good news from down under, as Dorna has decided to extend its contract with Australia’s racing cathedral, Phillip Island. Already set with a contract through the 2014 racing calendar, Dorna’s new contract extension with Phillip Island sees the Victorian track hosting World Superbikes through the 2017 racing season — and thus secures Melbourne’s position as a sports leader in Australia.
The news comes fresh off the commencement of the 2013 World Superbike Championship season, which held its opening round at the Australian circuit. Phillip Island has been the WSBK season-opening round since 2009, and is known for its close-racing in the production-based series.
Home to the MotoGP Championship as well, Phillip Island recently renamed Turn 3 after Casey Stoner, whose dominant riding style on the Aussie track lead to six-straight race victories in front of his home crowd.
With Phillip Island informally ranking as the top venue for riders in both WSBK and MotoGP, the coastal track is easily one of our favorite circuits to ride as well.
Phillip Island is a flowing track with only two real braking spots, and boasts several 100+ mph turns. If you have the means, we highly recommend a track day at the venue. Watch out for Turn 8 though, it’s a doozy.