Superbikes a super event for Bass Coast
Large crowds flocked to the 2013 Phillip Island Superbike World Championship to see the best of the best race on the circuit.
Over the weekend 22-24 February, 61,500 visitors were treated to new record lap times on the recently resurfaced Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Phillip Island has long been regarded as a rider’s favourite and one of the quickest tracks in the world. The new surface appears to have enhanced that and motorsports enthusiasts can look forward to exciting times to come.
In a further boost to the future of the event and this world class facility, the State Government announced Phillip Island will host the Superbike FIM World Championships for a further three years, from 2015 to 2017.
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Community and Economic Development Director, Steven Piasente, said new traffic management processes put in place for the event worked well.
“Changed operations around the circuit minimised the inconvenience to the travelling public and local community. It also made it much safer for the many people who walk to the circuit from the Smiths Beach area. This was all achieved without adding any extra delays to patrons trying to leave the Circuit.”
The strong attendance numbers were a boon for the local economy. With many interstate and overseas visitors, accommodation bookings were strong. Many of the teams and support crews have been on Phillip Island for the past fortnight, which has had a positive impact on local businesses.
Mr Piasente said crowd behaviour on and off the circuit was excellent.
“The World Superbikes has been coming to Phillip Island for the past 23 years and brings in excess of $20 million into the local economy. The weather was superb and track was in excellent condition, so fantastic images of Phillip Island and Bass Coast have been beamed to a world-wide audience.”
For the first time, this year’s event offered Bass Coast residents free entry on Friday. The Superbikes are a favourite with the Bass Coast community and this was a great opportunity to strengthen the connection to Bass Coast and give something back to the community.