MotoGP Makes Its Mark Again
The 2013 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Phillip Island was yet again a great success, with strong community support for the event.
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Events Coordinator, Frank Angarane, said although crowd numbers were down compared to last year, it was still a fantastic event.
“There was very good community support for the Barry Sheene Tribute Ride on Thursday and the Cranbourne Run on Saturday, with many people lining the roads to welcome the riders,” Mr Angarane said.
“The Friday crowd was enhanced by the many Bass Coast residents who took advantage of the free admittance.”
Mr Angarane said Cowes was a hive of motorcycle activity over the whole weekend and particularly on Saturday, when many participants of the Cranbourne Run made their way to Cowes.
“The free entertainment over the three days was well received by both the community and visitors and it was a very family friendly environment,” Mr Angarane said.
“Many residents and businesses got involve with the Get Dressed promotion and Bass Coast and Phillip Island presented very well to its worldwide audience.
“Interaction between the race teams, visitors and the community was again very positive and it is part of the reason the Phillip Island event is so highly regarded by international and interstate visitors.”
Mr Angarane said behaviour was excellent over the whole event period, with thousands of visitors enjoying a Bass Coast welcome.
Vandalism and damage was also minimal and Council’s ‘Enjoy it, don’t spoil it’ message was well accepted by the event.
There was plenty of praise for the traffic over the weekend, with less congestion than in previous years.
“Traffic went very smoothly over the whole weekend and there were no hold ups,” Mr Angarane said.
“This year’s traffic plan included an enhanced Monday morning operation which greatly improved the usual grid lock created by the interstate and many visitors who head back Monday morning.”