More than 50,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to make the annual pilgrimage to Phillip Island for the Superbikes World Championships weekend commencing on Friday, 22 February.
Special Events Coordinator, Frank Angarane, said in a Bass Coast first, entry into the circuit would be free for Bass Coast Shire residents on Friday, 22 February.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Bass Coast residents and those taking up the 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 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.
“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,” continued Mr Angarane.
Roadworks on both the Bass Highway and Phillip Island Road are likely to cause congestion during the event, particularly in the late afternoon on Saturday and Sunday.
“Traffic arrangements will be normal for Friday and Saturday,” said Mr Angarane.
“But we will be closing Gap Road North on Sunday, 24 February and traffic from Cowes will access the circuit via Berry’s Beach Road and Back Beach Road.
“The blue line will operate on Phillip Island from Back Beach Road to help clear traffic. It is hoped to continue this to Anderson, however the status of the road works will dictate where the blue line will end,” explained Mr Angarane.
As part of a TAC campaign to increase road safety awareness the weekly Sportsday Slow Down Edition will be broadcast live from a broadcast van from Cowes on Friday night between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.
This TAC supported show is dedicated to sport and the slowdown message and is broad cast weekly from different locations around the state. You can tune in on Gold 1242.