World Superbikes round one: this weekend

Date 17.2.2015

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  • Motorcycle Trader

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World Superbike Championship – Round 1

19 – 22 February, 2015

This weekend’s opening round of the 2015 WSBK championship at Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit will see plenty of new faces making their WSBK debut, and plenty of familiar riders in unfamiliar colours.

One of the biggest moves during the off-season saw reigning world champion Sylvain Guintoli defect from Aprilia to Honda, joining newly crowned Supersport world champion Michael van der Mark at the Pata team.

Despite being a household name in MotoGP, Randy de Puniet will be classified as a rookie when he suits up for Suzuki alongside Alex Lowes at the Voltcom Crescent team.

Round one will also include the introduction of national championships including Australia Superbike, Australian Supersport and the Australian Juniors in the event line-up.

Fans attending this year’s event will be able to ride their bike to any part of the circuit, providing an opportunity to watch the racing action from multiple spectator points.

Scramble for WSBK

Australia’s own world superbike hero, Troy Bayliss, will be bringing his own special brand of dirt track racing to the Phillip Island WSBK round with his ‘Baylisstic Scramble’.

As one of the main entertainment highlights of the event, the Baylisstic Scramble will be bringing together some of the biggest names in Australian motorcycling. World supersport champion and MotoGP winner Chris Vermeulen, three-time world speedway champion Jason Crump, Mr Motocross icon Stephen Gall and multi-time Australian dirt track champion Paul Caslick will join Bayliss in captaining the teams.

The specially built dirt track will be located at Lukey Heights, on the site of the former supercross track and entry will be free to the ‘Scramble’ for WSBK ticket holders.

Tickets

  • The three-day schedule starts on Thursday, February 19 and tickets are available at the gate. A full-price, three-day pass will cost $150, with concession and daily passes available. Children under 15 receive free entry when accompanied by a paying adult. View the full price list here.
  • Free access to the Paddock will be available on Friday morning for holders of a pre-purchased three-day general admission or Bar SBK tickets.
  • Friday will also include activities to celebrate 25 years of the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit hosting WSBK. Familty activities have been organised from 7.00pm followed by a fireworks display at 9.00pm. Entry is free and everyone is welcome (no BYO alcohol or glass).
  • See the full list of event activities here.

Visit the official website for more information: http://worldsbk.com.au