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Reed admits to confusion after AUS-X Open shortcut penalty

Local icon taking positives from an encouraging performance in Sydney.

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Australian megastar Chad Reed has confessed he had no idea competitors could only take the Shannons Shortcut once across Saturday night’s 2018 Monster Energy AUS-X Open Triple Crown in Sydney.

Reed, like many, used the lane to bypass the whoops in final two of the SX1 main events, but then repeated the shortcut to take charge in final three directly afterwards.

Riders were only permitted to use the specialty ‘joker lane’ once in the finals, which ultimately led to a five position penalty for the experienced dual AMA and world champion at Qudos Bank Arena and demoted him from P1 in the final encounter down the order to sixth.

Home hero Reed was sitting third at the end of lap one behind Husqvarna-mounted duo Jason Anderson and Dean Wilson, only to make a move via the shortcut and then keep Anderson – who was in line for the overall after topping the first two finals – at bay. He wasn’t aware until race-end that he would be pinged by officials.

“Honestly, in the last race I kind of have to laugh, because what else do I do?” Reed told post-race. “I never even knew that you weren’t allowed to take the joker lane more than once and, truthfully, because of my crash in the first one nobody was around me and I didn’t have to take it.

“Otherwise I would have taken it three times [laughs]! So, you know, I mean it was only two or three weeks ago I did Monster Cup. At that race the whole time you’re thinking ‘don’t forget the joker lane, don’t forget the joker lane’ because typically their joker lane is longer.

“Here, you self-penalise yourself if you don’t take it, but in the Vegas they obviously penalise you if you don’t take it – I think the same penalty, around five places or something like that. That thought process and whatever, me not hearing or knowing, I wasn’t aware of the rule. A little bit of a rookie move there.

“Obviously I got to the front because I took the joker lane, which was something I shouldn’t have done, but you know what was funny is that I knew I passed Jason in the joker lane and I was just expecting that he would re-pass me back there.

“So here I am, with a completely different thought process thinking that Jason was just riding around until he took the joker lane on the final lap or something like that. When he didn’t come by, I didn’t know what happened because we don’t have pit-boards here, so maybe he was doing calculations. He knew the rules, he had the heads up [laughs].”

Despite the penalty that also cost him the opportunity of taking a potential fourth overall, Reed said it was a positive outing aboard the factory JGRMX-prepared Autotrader Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 after recording a mixed bag of 7-4-6 results.

Earlier, Reed defeated triple national champion Justin Brayton in his heat race and led Australia to victory in the ‘Showdown Relay’ against the Americans. A costly crash while running third in the opening final also denied him of a podium performance, however he’s taking positives following crucial race mileage.

Yet to cement a contract for next year’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship, the gritty 36-year-old was content in showing glimpses of race-winning form during what doubled as the opening round of the S-X Open FIM Oceania Championship. He will also contest the New Zealand event in a fortnight’s time.

“We got good mileage here this weekend and every gate-drop is always a good thing even if the end result isn’t what you expect or what you want,” he added. “The reality is that you have to remind yourself it is only November and you’re here to put on a show.

“I feel that my show was a little less than what I wanted it to be, but honestly, the electricity, the excitement and the feeling of coming here and performing in front of the home crowd… in some ways it’s a lot of pressure. I take it personal and, for me, I want to give back [to the fans].

“You hear the cheers and I seriously feel the love, so in return you want to give them something to cheer about and to be super-stoked on with the performance of myself. I don’t think I fell short on that, but obviously I want my results to be better.”


Brayton & Metcalfe claim Honda 2018 Australian SX 1-2

Justin Brayton claims the 2018 Australian Supercross crown

Brett Metcalfe 2018 runner-up

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Justin Brayton has wrapped up the 2018 Australian Supercross Championship, with Penrite Honda teammate Brett Metcalfe claiming second overall, ending a highly successful season for the team.

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Justin Brayton – Australian Supercross 2018

For Justin Brayton the victory marks his third consecutive Championship for the team and a successful first season with Honda. Brayton won three out of five rounds in the Australian Supercross season this year, although appearing in fine riding form, he admitted this was his hardest victory yet.

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Justin Brayton – Australian Supercross 2018
Justin Brayton

“I am so happy to win three in a row. It’s what I came here to do and I am glad we got the job done. It wasn’t without its difficulties though, first my family got sick, then I got sick and I never fully recovered. I have battled pneumonia for most of the time I’ve been over here so it was tough for sure but it made the overall victory so much more gratifying. I feel lucky, I get to see the world and ride dirt bikes. I have met some amazing people through racing and it’s a bonus to win. I can’t thank Honda, Penrite and all of our sponsors enough but we aren’t done just yet. We still have a few races to finish this year as we head to New Zealand in a few weeks. My plan is to come back next year and defend my title. I want to keep doing this for as long as I can. If I am competitive and I am enjoying it then I want to race.”

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Justin Brayton and Penrite Honda teammate Brett Metcalfe – Australian Supercross 2018

This year marked Brayton’s fourth time in Australia and he hopes to return next year to defend his Championship.

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Penrite Honda’s Justin Brayton and Brett Metcalfe

Brett Metcalfe finished second overall in the Championship and shared he couldn’t be happier, having been pleased to have his family watching as he took to the podium for the overall second position.

Brett Metcalfe

“Everyone wants to win but this is the next best thing and I am really pleased to be the first placing Australian too! The season has been strong; winning round 4 was certainly a highlight and gave me a solid confidence boost. It was important for us to get 1-2 in the title so we had our plans in place to ensure it was locked up. I’m so pleased for Justin to take the triple and for Honda to have this 1-2 finish, it’s amazing. Now we are focused on New Zealand, to wrap up the year on top.”

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Justin Brayton and Brett Metcalfe

Honda’s Brand and Motorsport Manager Glyn Griffiths was complementary of the result, something very few teams achieve., while Team Director Yarrive Konsky was likewise proud of his team’s results.

Glyn Griffiths – Honda Brand and Motorsport Manager

“Going 1-2 is a remarkable feat, something that many don’t ever achieve throughout their careers. Our team have different abilities, experiences and backgrounds, including our riders and we came together for a shared purpose and this is something we will all treasure.”

Yarrive Konsky – Team Director

“It’s still surreal, I didn’t know where we would finish and this is a dream many don’t achieve and I am grateful of everyone’s efforts. We will now turn our attention to our final race then on to testing for next year. We want to be prepared for the Motocross Championship and preparation begins now.”

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Justin Brayton and Brett Metcalfe celebrate on the podium

Round 2 of the Oceanic Supercross Championship will be held in New Zealand on the 24th Novemeber in Aukland. For more information on Penrite Factory Honda Racing go to


Championship runner-up the next best thing says Metcalfe

South Australian accepts sixth overall at the AUS-X Open Sydney.

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Penrite Honda Racing’s Brett Metcalfe says finishing second in the Australian Supercross Championship to teammate Justin Brayton is the next best thing, despite being within striking distance of the crown heading into the weekend’s Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney.

Metcalfe, who was a last-minute addition to the series and was initially going to race only selected rounds, captured victory at the penultimate round in Adelaide, shortening the points buffer to just six ahead of Saturday.

The South Australian was unable to demote the American with his 6-5-8 scorecard for sixth overall, which ultimately saw him round out a stellar season nine points adrift of the three-time Australian supercross champion.

“Everyone wants to win but this is the next best thing and I am really pleased to be the first placing Australian too,” Metcalfe commented. “The season has been strong – winning round four was certainly a highlight and gave me a solid confidence boost.

“It was important for us to get 1-2 in the title so we had our plans in place to ensure it was locked up. I’m so pleased for Justin to take the triple and for Honda to have this 1-2 finish, it’s amazing. Now we are focused on New Zealand to wrap up the year on top.”

The S-X Open Auckland is scheduled for 24 November at Mount Smart Stadium in New Zealand, marking Metcalfe’s final appearance of the year.


Strong AUS-X Open sign off for Reardon important in future plans

SX1 contender the highest-placed Australian on Saturday night.

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Dan Reardon believes a strong sign off at the weekend’s Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney, the final round of the Australian Supercross Championship, will play an important role in cementing his future plans as a supercross-only rider.

The popular Gold Coast athlete has raced supercross internationally throughout the Australian off-season for the past two years, a unique campaign in which he’s endeavouring to do once again in the early months of 2019.

Reardon, running a self-managed operation with help of Yamaha this year, put on a stellar display at Qudos Bank Arena on Saturday night, becoming the highest-placed Australian at the AUS-X Open to claim third, promoting himself to third in the domestic SX1 series rankings.

“If you talk about future plans, it’s always important to sign off in a good way,” Reardon explained to “Unfortunately our industry is a really funny one in the world of sports – you get this ‘you’re only as good as your last ride’ sort of thing, but I disagree with it.

“We put a lot of work into our season, and sometimes things just don’t go right – this year I had two minor mechanicals from racing incidents – it hurts the points and people think that maybe ‘he’s not doing what he’s supposed to do or he’s not as fast as he was’.

“It is important still, especially the last round because I’m in the middle of my season – I don’t really run into an off-season now because I’ll race January through to March, depending on where I go, whether that’s the UK, Europe or America.”

The number 122 has a number of supercross options to pursue next year, although he insisted his strongest talks have been with teams in the Arenacross UK championship – the same series he contested at the beginning of the year.

“Both options are on the table, but I’m probably more in more in-depth conversations with the guys in the UK and even some one-off European races,” he continued. “The one-off supercross events they have in Europe are awesome and they’re quite easy to travel to from the UK. The plan is to definitely be racing, it’s just trying to figure out what will work out best.”

Reardon wound up with 90 points in the 2018 Australian Supercross Championship, earning two podiums finishes in the process.


Junior road racing championship introduced with MotoStars in 2019

New-look Australian Supermoto Championship to also join the series.

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Motorcycling Australia (MA) has confirmed the introduction of the Australian Junior Road Racing Championship (AJRRC) that will run in conjunction with the MotoStars series in 2019, along with a new-look Australian Supermoto Championship (ASMC).

All six rounds will host the junior championship, while three rounds will feature the Supermoto category. Round one will kick off at Greer Park Raceway in Queensland on 2-3 March, with AJRRC, ASMC and MotoStars coming together to commence the series.

MotoStars will travel to Broadford State Motorcycle Complex in Victoria for round two on 6-7 April, which will also boast the highly anticipated bLU cRU Oceania Rookies Cup.

Heading down south, competitors will arrive at The Bend Motorsport Park, South Australia for round three on 26-27 April, with the AJRRC and ASMC running in conjunction with the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) and the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC). This one-off special event will run under lights on Friday and Saturday night.

Round four will be held in Australia’s capital at the Circuit Mark Webber in Canberra on 25-26 May. Newcastle’s round in New South Wales last year was MotoStars’ biggest, and it will make a welcome return to the series as round five, including AJRRC on 14-15 September.

To close off the 2019 season, the MotoStars series will finish in its backyard home of Port Macquarie, New South Wales on 19-20 October. Round six will be the final round of the AJRRC and MotoStars series, plus the third and final round of the ASMC.

2019 MotoStars calendar:
Rd1 – 2-3 March – Toowoomba, QLD (AJRRC, ASMC, MotoStars)
Rd2 – 6-7 April – Broadford, VIC (AJRRC, Oceania Rookies Cup, MotoStars)
Rd3 – 26-27 April – Tailem Bend, SA (AJRRC, ASMC, MotoStars)
Rd4 – 25-26 May – Canberra, ACT (AJRRC, MotoStars)
Rd5 – 14-15 September – Newcastle, NSW (AJRRC, MotoStars)
Rd6 – 19-20 October – Port Macquarie, NSW (AJRRC, ASMC, MotoStars)


Witnesses sought for car hitting Harley

Witnesses are being sought after a 2004 blue Honda Accord sedan merged into a lane with a 2012 blue Harley-Davidson causing it to crash on the Logan Motorway at Springwood last Wednesday (November 7, 2018).

Forensic Crash Unit investigators have released this video as part of an appeal for information.

The crash happened about 4.50pm on the Logan Road on-ramp, towards the southbound lanes of the Pacific Motorway.

A 55-year-old Harley rider was hit when the Accord to merged into his lane. He remains in the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

A 21-year-old Woodridge man “continues to assist with the investigation”.

The driver did not pull up after the Harley crashed at the side of the road.

However, a second motorcyclist pulled the driver over for a short conversation before riding on.

Police now want to speak with the second motorcyclist to continue investigations into the crash, or any other witnesses, particularly those with dash cam footage.

Eye witnesses can contact Policelink on 131 444, fill out the online form 24hrs per day, or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via


SX2 crown a relief for Wilson following ‘stressful’ AUS-X Open

Factory Yamaha pilot overcomes enduring night to be crowned champion.

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Earning the Australian Supercross Championship SX2 crown on Saturday night’s Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney came as a huge relief for Jay Wilson, who endured a stressful weekend at Qudos Bank Arena.

The Yamalube Yamaha Racing ace entered the finale with an 11-point advantage, although a crash in Friday’s qualifying left the Gold Coast-based athlete admittedly rattled and only heightened his nerves for Saturday’s Triple Crown encounter.

Wilson managed to scrape through to the main event via a fourth place finish in the last chance qualifier granting him last gate pick, although he pulled through with a 8-5-7 scorecard for sixth overall to earn the title with six points over second’s Hayden Mellross (DPH Motorpsort Husqvarna).

“I’m not going to lie, that was just terrible riding and the worst I have raced for in so long, but we got through the night, got the championship done and I just couldn’t be happier,” said Wilson. “I was nervous all weekend and then that crash yesterday really took it out of me but I was determined to be strong and win my first supercross championship.

“Last year at the same venue was where I got my career back on track so it’s awesome that I was able to win a championship here and I have so many people to thank that have helped me get back to this point. Everyone at Yamaha who supported in me and believed in me when I was down and out, our team that does an amazing job each week, especially Mike Ward and Josh Coppins, who always have my back and have always played a part in my success.

“It was a stressful weekend and things got heated at times. But, it was great racing with Hayden [Mellross], Jacob [Hayes] and Wilson Todd and I want to also congratulate them on some great racing over the five rounds. I have really enjoyed racing them and we have kept it clean at each round and it’s been a lot of fun.”

The title marks Wilson’s second pro class championship, having earned the 2015 MX Nationals MX2 title, while it was his first professional supercross crown.


MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro on show at EICMA

Superveloce 800 concept bike unveiled at the Milan event.

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MV Agusta introduced its all-new Brutale 1000 Serie Oro at EICMA in Milan, Italy last week, along with unveiling the MV Agusta Superveloce 800 concept.

The Brutale 1000 Serie Oro has instantly become a desirable motorcycle for riders worldwide. With this model, MV Agusta has revolutionised a market segment, re-interpreting technical and stylistic concepts synonymous with MV Agusta and at the same time defining new aesthetic and performance parameters.

With 212hp of peak power and a top speed of over 300km/h, MV Agusta has brought the concept of hyper-naked to its extreme limit, making it the absolute benchmark within the category.

The all-new model has been closely associated with the F4 RC Superbike, which has proven its potential battling for the top positions in the Superbike World Championship.

All the experience that has been accumulated on the racetrack has been poured into the engine of the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro, which sets new records for absolute power while still complying with environment and noise regulations, making it more advanced in certain aspects than the competition powerplant.

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The MV Agusta Superveloce 800 makes its debut in concept form at the EICMA, a precursor to the model that will be produced in the second half of 2019. Due to its very unique technical and aesthetic characteristics, the Superveloce 800 is destined to become one of the most eclectic and original models in the company’s history.

The lines of the Superveloce 800 are a modern interpretation of the iconic lines formed by the MV Agusta heritage, the fusion of vintage and contemporary. The carbon fibre fairing envelopes the sleek and functional forms of the engine and frame like a second skin.

The upper fairing, with its classic cut lines, makes tribute to design ethos of the nineteen-seventies, highlighted by the yellow colour of the plexiglass windscreen and the headlight unit. The latter is a technologically advanced twin-function full LED poly- ellipsoidal. The daylight running light, also LED, is built into the cover of the new instrument cluster.

The elusive, lightweight and minimalistic tail fairing rests on a new sub-frame allowing the user to transform the bike from a single seat to a dual seat version. One of the defining details is the new circular LED tail light unit, elegant, and distinctive.

Australian pricing and availability of the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro is still to be determined, while the Superveloce 800 concept is set to go into production next year.


Haptic jacket warns rider of collision

Imagine a motorcycle jacket that vibrates when it senses you are about to have a collision or delivers that disco bass rumble in your gut when you play music in your helmet?

The Origin “haptic” jacket will come as part of a package with a Zenith head-up display helmet (HUD) when you buy the coming 240km/h Arc Vector electric motorcycle costing about £90,000 ($A160,000, $US117,000).

Click here for more information on the British Arc Vector.Arc Vector electric motorcycle with collision warning

The bike features “haptic” handlebars and seat that vibrate if they sense a crash or you try to merge into a lane where there is a car. Similar technology has been around in some cars for years.

Vector is also integrated with the Zenith head-up display helmet.

No further details are available, but there are several HUD helmets hitting the market with different functions.Zenith HUD helmet Arc Vector electric motorcycle with collision warning

Haptic collision warning

Their Origin jacket takes collision warning even further with haptic pads that vibrate.

It features different modes including “Dynamic” to “amplify the sense of excitement during a dynamic ride”.

Another is called “Euphoric” that produces that deep bass rumble.

While these are entertainment modes, Arc founder and CEO Mark Truman says the normal haptic mode that responds to crash threats can be used to “augment mirrors as a threat detection system”.

Riders will experience a buzz in their back or one shoulder to indicate the presence and direction of another threatening vehicle.

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Vibrating haptic pads

“The haptic jacket and high-tech helmet are designed to help meld man and machine into one,” Arc claims. 

Mark says it allows the rider to keep their eyes on the road ahead. However, we would argue that a shoulder check is always advisable.

“People ask me if this could be distracting, but it is actually designed to be the total opposite,” Mark says.

“The tech frees you and your senses because the distractions have been removed.

“It allows you to concentrate on the road and your oneness with the bike, to just enjoy the moment knowing the bike is looking out for you and the information you need is right in front of you.”

So why provide entertainment haptic modes?

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Meanwhile, the 95kW Arc Vector has a top speed of 241km/h (150mph) and accelerates to highway seed in 2.7 seconds.

Range is claimed to be 190km (about 120 miles) on the highway or 274km (170 miles) in the city.

Only 355 bikes will be produced.

It features a lightweight carbonfibre swingarm and a new type of battery that makes the bike a chimed 25% lighter than its competition.

It also comes with custom Ohlins dampers and Brembo brakes mounted in the 6 o’clock position.


HRC returns to WorldSBK grid in 2019 at Phillip Island

Ducati’s V4 R & BMW’s new S 1000 RR to feature in 2019

The 2019 WorldSBK season is shaping up to be one to remember with the year to kick off at Phillip Island’s season opener in Victoria, Australia, with a massive grid that will boast the return of the Honda Racing Corporation, as well as Ducati with the new V4 R, and BMW championing the new S 1000 RR.

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WSBK Superbikes at Phillip Island

World champion Jonathan Rea beware! That’s the message ahead of the 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship opener at Victoria’s Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit from February 22-24 following a massive week of grid-strengthening announcements for the production-based series.

Ducati and BMW unveiled their new V4 R and S 1000 RR four-cylinder machines at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan on November 5 and 6 respectively.

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The 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R will spearhead the brand’s WSBK efforts

In Ducati’s case it’s the most powerful motorcycle to ever leave its factory, and the company – which has the most amount of WorldSBK titles with 14 – has already announced that current MotoGP rider Alvaro Bautista will join Chaz Davies in its line-up for 2019.  Bautista finished a superb fourth in the recent MotoGP round at Phillip Island filling in for the injured Jorge Lorenzo, which will give the Spaniard added confidence when he returns to Australia.

The revamped 2019 BMW S 1000 RR will be on track with the Shaun Muir Racing team

BMW also announced in Milan that it will be collaborating with Shaun Muir Racing (which ran the Milwaukee Aprilia squad in 2018) for a major tilt at the 2019 WorldSBK title. The riders will be Rea’s erstwhile Kawasaki teammate and 2013 world champion Tom Sykes, as well as German Marcus Reiterberger who is returning to the championship after a two-year break.

BMW Motorrad Motorsport will be responsible for the development of engine, electronics, chassis and aerodynamics on the new S 1000 RR.

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Leon Camier will be joined by Ryuichi Kiyonari in 2019

Meanwhile, HRC will return to WorldSBK competition in 2019 alongside Althea Racing and Japanese high-performance firm Moriwaki Engineering, with Leon Camier and Ryuichi Kiyonari the two riders. Camier has already been campaigning the Honda CBR1000RR SP2 in 2018, while Kiyonari will be returning to the series for the first time since 2009.

HRC was once a regular on the WorldSBK trail and won three titles with John Kocinski in 1997 and Colin Edwards in 2000 and 2002.

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Jonathan Rea will also be returning to defend his title in 2019 – Image TBG

The gifted Rea, who is based in Australia during the summer with his Phillip Island-raised wife Tatia and their two sons, will certainly be keeping a keen eye on recent proceedings as he prepares to campaign alongside a new teammate in 2019: current British superbike champion Leon Haslam.

Other confirmed riders for next year include factory Yamaha pair Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes, while the GRT Yamaha satellite team will field recently crowned world supersport champion Sandro Cortese and Italian Marco Melandri.

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Michael van der Mark is another confirmed rider for 2019 for GRT Yamaha

Italian Michael Ruben Rinaldi will also ride a Panigale V4 R for this year’s leading independent team, Barni Racing.

WorldSBK observers will be able to get an early feel for the 2019 form guide when pre-season testing begins in Spain in November, ahead of more official outings in Europe next January.

The WorldSBK teams will make their way to Australia for a final hitout at Phillip Island before round one commences – and the debut of the new ‘triple treat’ format where an extra sprint race will be held on Sunday morning in between the two longer hitouts on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

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WorldSBK at Phillip Island

Grab your season opener tickets for Phillip Island now

A three-day general admission is $120 if secured in advance, or $230 when you add camping to your purchase.

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WorldSBK at Phillip Island 2019

If you feel like splashing out, step up to a Bar SBK ticket at $265 (with camping $375) and enjoy undercover facilities at Doohan Corner, Siberia and Lukey Heights. World Superbikes is free for kids 15 and under, and so is your bike.

As an extra bonus at WorldSBK, all three-day ticket holders are gifted free paddock access. For all ticket and racing information, visit or Ticketek.