More than 60,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to make the annual pilgrimage to Phillip Island for the Superbikes World Championships weekend commencing Friday, 21 February. Early interest in the event is strong; with a high proportion of interstate and international visitors this is a fantastic event for the region.
Special Events Coordinator, Frank Angarane, said that entry into the circuit would again be free for Bass Coast Shire residents on Friday, 21 February. Schools are also admitted free on Friday as part of the Schools Free Friday program.
The event has now been at the iconic Phillip Island Circuit for over twenty years and is becoming even more family friendly with a number of free children’s activities over the three days. Free entry for children under 15 accompanied by an adult, the “Kids Superdome” and Junior GP will be new incentives for younger people to enjoy the experience of this major international event.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Bass Coast residents and those taking up the free Friday offer will have access to the Superbikes paddock and the teams and riders,” said Mr Angarane.
“The atmosphere is fantastic at these major events and I encourage residents and their families to come along and take advantage of this opportunity.”
Residents will need to show some form of identification linking them to Bass Coast Shire to qualify for free entry. This can be a Drivers Licence, a rates notice or a bill with your name and address within the Shire.
“Phillip Island is the first event on the World Superbike calendar and has twice been voted best in the world.
“It brings more than $20m to the state economy and gives Phillip Island worldwide exposure.
“There will be no changes to traffic arrangements on Friday and Saturday, but on Sunday, 23 February we will be closing Gap Road North and traffic from Cowes will access the circuit via Berry’s Beach Road and Back Beach Road,” said Mr Angarane
“The blue line will operate on Phillip Island from Back Beach Road to help clear traffic on Sunday afternoon. The blue line will operate to the Silverwater Winery road merge from where two outbound traffic lanes will continue to the Bass Highway junction,” explained Mr Angarane.
Thompson Avenue in Cowes between Chapel Street and the Esplanade will become a motorcycle precinct from late afternoon on Saturday.While the road will remain open for through-traffic, only motorcycles will be able to park on this section of the road.
Some businesses will extend onto the footpath and there will be some roaming entertainment to help enhance the event experience.