Northern Ireland rider Jonathan Rea leads the pack in the first race of the Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island on the weekend.
Rea views the Phillip Island track as his second ‘home’, as he is married to Phillip Island girl, Tatia Weston and spends summers at the Island.
PHILLIP Island celebrated the 25th year of the World Superbike Championship at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in fine fashion, with a crowd of over 57,000 across the weekend.
A free fireworks display and kids’ activities kicked off the celebrations on Friday evening with many locals in attendance.
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit’s Paul Coleman said it was a great weekend at the track.
“The fireworks were really spectacular and went for 8-10 minutes; a lot of people wanted to know if we were doing it again Saturday night,” he said.
The night featured a stunt rider down Gardner Straight, as well as interviews with past World and Australian Superbike Champions, including Troy Bayliss, Troy Corser and Karl Muggeridge.
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Event Co-ordinator Frank Angarane said the weekend went really smoothly.
“Numbers were ok, the racing was good and traffic went really well,” he said.
“There were a lot of bikes, the weather was good so it attracted a lot of bikes and bikes are always easier to move out.
“On Sunday the circuit was cleared in about one hour and 15 minutes so it all went really well.
“The blue line’s been in place a long time now and everyone knows how it works.”
Mr Angarane reported no incidents from the weekend.
“This event traditionally has the least issues, they’re the diehard racing supporters so they’re there to come enjoy the racing and we never have any issues at this event.”
British riders stole the show on the track, with Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam sharing first and second places in the two races.
Australian Superbike fans were treated to a return from Australia’s Troy Bayliss, after seven years away from the Island.
It was a trying outing for Bayliss on the factory Ducati as he recorded a 13th and 16th place finish in the two races.