Motorcycle racing at its best!
The 2015 motorcycle racing season moves into the final rounds at Phillip Island and the competition across all categories is fierce, particularly in the MotoGP class.
Italian superstar and crowd favourite Valentino Rossi leads the standings and is on track to win his 7th World Championship. This, together with the emergence of Australian rider Jack Miller in the MotoGP category, has resulted in the high presale of tickets and the organisers are expecting a bumper crowd.
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, says that all this interest will make Phillip Island a very popular place again and to cope with the visitation a significant traffic management plan has been developed to minimise the disruption to the community.
“This event is great for Phillip Island and we hope that changes to normal traffic operations will be kept to a minimum. Residents are advised that traffic is expected to peak on Saturday and Sunday afternoon on Phillip Island Road and Back Beach Road from between 4.00pm to 7.00pm and on Sunday morning between 9.00am and midday,” Cr Brown said.
“Traffic on Phillip Island Road is also usually very slow on Monday after the event until around 1.00pm. Road users are advised to avoid these locations during these times. As usual, traffic conditions will be monitored and controls implemented if required.
“As a reminder for the event, all Phillip Island residents should have received an information brochure in their letter box, which explains local traffic information as well as entertainment over the weekend,” concluded Cr Brown.
The Barry Sheene Tribute Ride
Interest in the Barry Sheene Tribute Ride is strong with around 500 motorcycles expected to particpate.
The Ride will leave Bairnsdale at 9.30am on Thursday, 15 October. After a lunch stop in Morwell, it will depart from there at 12.50pm and travel to San Remo via Inverloch and Wonthaggi. Riders are expected to arrive at San Remo from around 2.50pm onwards and depart at 3.25pm before arriving at the Circuit at 3.45pm.
It is always a great spectacle watching the riders travel through the Shire, so people are encouraged to get out and have a look.
The City of Casey Cranbourne GP Run
Upwards of 5,000 motorcycles are expected to assemble at Cranbourne for the annual Cranbourne GP Run on Saturday 17 October. Riders will leave at 10.00am and are expected to arrive at the G.P. Circuit and Cowes from around 11.15am. Many of the riders peel off
along the route and the trail of motorcycles can be several kilometres long. Other road users of the South Gippsland Highway, Bass Highway and Phillip Island Road are advised to exercise caution between these times.
Entertainment and other activities will greet the riders in Cowes.
Shuttle buses will operate between the Circuit and various stops around San Remo and Phillip Island on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at approximately 15 minute intervals. This service will operate between 7.30am until midnight. A late night service will operate from midnight until 1.00am on Friday night and until 2.00am on Saturday night only.
For further information about bus tickets, contact Phillip Island Bus on (03) 5952 2500.
A direct shuttle service also operates from accommodation venues in Cowes and from the corner of Bass Avenue and The Esplanade and the corner of Thompson Avenue and Church Street. For further information about this service contact Cleeland Bus Lines on (03) 5952 1042
Live music performances and a super screen in Thompson Avenue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, will be supplemented by the Town Square Entertainment precinct. This area will operate on Saturday and include the ‘Classic on Cowes’ vintage motorcycle display and some trade outlets.
There are five bands playing across the weekend and a replay of the main race on Sunday night. Residents are encouraged to come out and get into the spirit of the event.
Various street closures and restricted vehicle access will apply in the entertainment precincts.
Traffic and the Blue Line
Gap Road south of Back Beach Road will be closed to traffic from Friday until Sunday. Gap Road north of Back Beach Road will have restricted access from Ventnor Beach Road between 7.30am and 7.30pm during these days
Gap Road north residents will have access via Phillip Island Road at all times.
Back Beach Road will operate one way only circuit bound from Beachcomber Avenue between 8.00am and midday on Sunday, 18 October. It will operate one way only from the circuit to Phillip Island Road Melbourne bound from 3.30pm until around 6.30pm on Sunday.
The blue line will be in operation on Phillip Island Road between Back Beach Road and the Bass Highway merge on Sunday from 3.00pm to 7.00pm.
Traffic leaving Phillip Island in the morning on Monday, 19 October is expected to be very heavy. Additional traffic control measures will be implemented depending on the conditions.