The MotoGP is coming!
The 2016 motorcycle racing season is nearing the business end and interest in the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island is very strong.
The continued emergence of Australian rider, Jack Miller, in the MotoGP category and a great series of racing has resulted in a significant increase in the presale of tickets and the organisers are hoping for a three day crowd of around 100,000.
This event is one of the biggest in Regional Victoria and the economic benefit it brings to Bass Coast Shire is in excess $30 million.
It is the cornerstone of the Bass Coast Shire events program and is a major driver of off season vistitation and employment, with local accommodation providers reporting that interest is extremely strong.
There are limited places still available on the Island and mainland vacancies are also diappearing quickly.
Phillip Island and Bass Coast will become very busy during this period and to cope with this a significant traffic management plan is being developed to minimise the disruption to the community.
Cowes will come to life during the event with free entertainment activities over the whole extended weekend.
The bottom part of Thompson Avenue will become a licensed festival zone on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Live music performances, rider interviews and a super screen in this area will be supplemented by the ‘Classic on Cowes’ vintage motorcycle display in the Esplanade.
All activites are family friendly and the community is encouraged to come out and be a part of the fun.
The warm welcome that Phillip Island and Bass Coast gives event patrons is acknowledged as being a big part of the total experience the event creates.
Bass Coast Shire residents will again be offered free general admission when they present proof of residency at the Gate 1 ticket box on either Thursday, 20 or Friday, 21 October to receive their General Admission ticket for circuit entry on the Friday.
Local charity, You Are My Sunshine, will again be the official event charity. It has been the official event charity since 2012 and in that time the event has helped contribute over $350,000 to the cause.
Early interest in this year’s Barry Sheene Tribute Ride is strong and around 500 riders are expected to make the annual pilgrimage from Bairnsdale to the track on Thursday, 20 October.
The timing of the ride will be earlier than previous years and is expected to arrive in San Remo at around 1.30pm.
The Cranbourne GP Run on Saturday 22 October again expects around 5,000 Motorcycles to participate with up to 2,000 of those making their way to Cowes.
Bass Coast Shire Council and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation have produced a community information brochure which will be delivered to all households on Phillip Island and San Remo.
The brochure which includes all you need to know about the event will also be distributed to key outlets right across the Shire.
It can also be found on Council’s website via the events calendar at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/events.