Return Of The World's Best
The 2014 motorcycle racing season moves into the final rounds at Phillip Island and the competition across all categories is fierce with just a few points separating the top competitors.
Spanish wonder Marc Marquez has conquered almost every circuit on the calendar this season, but victory at Phillip Island is one achievement he is yet to add to his impressive resume.
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Acting General Manager Healthy Communities, Jamie Sutherland, said that this together with a strong contingent of Australian riders in the support categories is creating plenty of interest for what is shaping up to be a fantastic event.
Traffic is expected to be heavy traffic throughout the weekend; however a significant traffic management plan has been developed to minimise the disruption to the community.
Changes to normal traffic operations will be kept to a minimum. Traffic is expected to peak on Saturday and Sunday afternoon on Phillip Island Road and Back Beach Road from between 4.00pm.and 7.00pm and Sunday morning between 9.00am and midday.
Road users are advised to avoid these locations during these times.
“Traffic on Phillip Island Road is also usually very slow on Monday after the event until around 1.00pm. Traffic conditions will be monitored and controls implemented if required,” Mr Sutherland said.
“All Phillip Island residents should have received an information brochure in their letter box. This brochure explains local traffic information as well as entertainment over the weekend.”
The Barry Sheene Tribute Ride
Interest in the Barry Sheene Tribute Ride is strong and around 500 motorcycles are expected to take part.
“The ride will leave Bairnsdale at 9.30am on Thursday, 16 October. After a lunch stop in Morwell, it will depart from there at 12.50pm and travel to San Remo via Inverloch and Wonthaggi,” Mr Sutherland said.
“They will leave San Remo at 3.25pm and arrive at the Circuit at 3.45pm.
“It is always a great spectacle watching the riders travel through the Shire, so we encourage everyone to get out and have a look.”
The Cranbourne ride is expected to arrive in Cowes on Saturday from around 11.30am. 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 15minute intervals. This service will operate between 7.30am until midnight. A late night service will operate until 2.00am on Saturday night only.
For further information about bus tickets, contact Phillip Island Bus Lines 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. For further information about this service contact Cleeland Bus Lines on (03) 59521042
Live music performances and a super screen in Thompson Avenue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, will be supplemented by the new Town Square Entertainment precinct. This area will operate on Saturday and Sunday include the “Classic on Cowes” vintage motorcycle display, a trade market, super screen and display stage.
“There is a lot to get excited about for bike enthusiasts,” Mr Sutherland said.
“But there is also a lot to do even if you’re not out at the track.
“We have five great bands playing across the weekend and a replay of the main race on Sunday night so we encourage residents to come out and get into the spirit.”
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. It will operate one way only from the circuit to Phillip Island Road Melbourne bound from 3.30pm until around 6.30pm on Sunday afternoon
The blue line will be in operation on Phillip Island Road between Back Beach Road and the Bass Highway merge on Sunday, 19 October from 3.00pm to 7.00pm.
Traffic leaving Phillip Island on Monday, 20 October is expected to be very heavy. Additional traffic control measures will be implemented depending on the conditions.