WorldSBK: Field Testing At Phillip Island Ahead Of Season-Opener

WorldSBK: Field Testing At Phillip Island Ahead Of Season-Opener

© 2023, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By Dorna WorldSBK Press Office:

WorldSBK starts the 2023 season at the iconic Phillip Island Circuit

The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship will hit the track after a two-day Official Test prior to the round

Phillip Island is one of the most iconic and exciting venues in world motorsport. WorldSBK first raced at Phillip Island in 1990 and more than 60 races have taken place there. The 2022 visit was an unforgettable affair with incredible racing and tyre gambles in mixed conditions.

Australia has produced so many stars of two-wheel racing, such as Wayne Gardner, Mick Doohan, Troy Bayliss, Troy Corser and Casey Stoner. With Remy Gardner making his WorldSBK debut at this year Australian Round, the country’s rich motorcycle racing heritage continues.

DID YOU KNOW?

The superb Lukey Heights section of the Phillip Island track is named after Melbourne businessman, racing driver and former circuit owner Len Lukey who helped revamp the venue in the 1960s.

PHILLIP ISLAND’S HOT SPOTS WITH REMY GARDNER

T1/ DOOHAN CORNER: “You want to open the gas and spin a little bit so that you can get it pointed to the right before having to turn left into T2.”

T4/MILLER CORNER: “It is one of my favourite places to overtake. If you can get your position right, and are confident on the brakes, you can do OK there.”

T10/MG Hairpin: “You cannot attack too hard on the brakes there. It feels really slow when you get to the apex, but you get going fast again real soon!”

WorldSBK | KEY STAT

378

In his next start, Jonathan Rea will set the new record for WorldSBK races run, 378, leaving Troy Corser at 377.

What to look out for in Phillip Island

Phillip Island returns to its season opening spot for the 2023 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, which is shaping up as another chapter of the Golden Era.

13 different countries will be represented on the WorldSBK grid in 2023, with familiar faces stepping up from the WorldSSP class and high-profile rookies joining the fray.

The return of a champion and other big moves on the grid will only add to the intrigue and interest of a new season which promises to be more competitive and exciting than ever.

After private tests in Jerez and Portimao, riders are now set for their final pre-season outing with a two-day test in Phillip Island on Monday and Tuesday before the 2023 season kicks off in anger next Friday when Free Practice gets underway for the Grand Ridge Brewery Australian Round.

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