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Sunday 10th April, 2016 - 10:44am

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Phillip Island will continue to host MotoGP and World Superbikes for the next 10 years

Phillip Island will continue to host MotoGP and World Superbikes for the next 10 years

Phillip Island will host MotoGP and the World Superbike Championship for the next decade following a contract extension with the series’ organisers.

Contract extensions for both championships were announced by the Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events, the Hon. John Eren MP today.

The new arrangement will see MotoGP race at the track until 2026 while the FIM Superbike World Championship for production bikes (WorldSBK) will return each year until 2027.

The host agreement was reached between the State Government of Victoria, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, the Victorian Major Events Company (VMEC), the international promoter of both championships – the Spanish group DORNA, and the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit.

“Our thanks goes to the Victorian government and DORNA for their commitment to our circuit and the Phillip Island community,” said Andrew Fox, managing director of the Linfox Property Group, owners of the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit.

Marc Marquez leads Valentino Rossi at last year's Australian Grand Prix

Marc Marquez leads Valentino Rossi at last year’s Australian Grand Prix

“We’re extremely lucky to secure a ten year extension and it reflects how special the island has become in world motorcycling.

“There’s a real passion for this place from riders, teams and fans the world over.

“The riders relish racing here. They love the speed of Gardner Straight, flowing turns like Stoner Corner, and the great buzz they get on the ride from Siberia to the crest of Lukey Heights.

“Their enthusiasm translates to the fastest, closest racing on the planet, year in, year out, and we’re thrilled to welcome everyone back for plenty more.”

Phillip Island’s managing director Fergus Cameron says the new deal is key to continue the circuit’s growth.

“To secure a ten year deal for our two major properties, MotoGP and WorldSBK, is so important for the circuit and for our ongoing investment in facilities,” said Cameron.

“For our community, the track is a cornerstone of the Phillip Island economy, and its activities have a flow-on effect to many of the businesses and families on the island.  I am relieved for our local region that the future of both events is well and truly secure.”

The venue hosted MotoGP testing and the opening round of the World Superbike Championship in February.

The Australian round of the MotoGP World Championship will take place from October 21-23.

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