Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is one of the classic races in all MotoGP race series. It is dated back to 1989 when the first race was held. This race followed the transformation of modern motorcycle racing grand prix to the present system of MotoGP. It becomes part of MotoGP calendar until today. Although the first race was held in Philip Island, several first series of Australian Grand Prix were held in different circuits, before it moved back to Philip Islands in 1997 and to the present day, this circuit becomes the home circuit for the race. For the 2018 season, Australian Grand Prix is the 17th series and scheduled in October, 28th.
The Australian Grand Prix becomes one of the most popular races, thanks to the scenic beauty of Philip Island. From the first race up until today, Valentino Rossi is the most successful riders in premier class with total six winning titles. However, the Australian Michael Doohan was the only riders ever won races at all circuits ever used for Australian Grand Prix. This circuit is also well known for Australian MotoGP fans cheering the home riders, among the most famous ones is Casey Stoners, who won six consecutive races from 2007 to 2012.
The Philip Island Grand Prix Circuit is crowned as the legendary race circuit in Australia. The first face, which dubbed as the first “Australian Grand Prix”, was held in 1928 and since then, it has been hosting many different motorcycle races. However, there was no a permanent race track until it was built in 1956. The track and the whole circuit has been improved and renovated several times with the most notable major renovation was in 1985 giving the present track configuration.
The current track is 4.445 Km length with one straight, one heights, several high speed corners, and two hairpins named after famous Australian world champions. Australian Grand Prix is known among the fastest and the most fluid races offering intense race with over takings.
Beyond the Circuit
As the name suggests, this circuit is located in Philip Island, the state of Victoria. It can be easily access from Melbourne thorough various land transportation options: by car, shuttle bus, or train, as the island is connected with main island with a bridge at San Remo.
It is one of the most popular tourism destination in Australia known for its natural beauty. The Philip Island circuit is just next to beautiful beaches and while you are there, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the extraordinary Philip Island Nature Park with its world famous attraction: little penguins parade to ashore. There are wild parks where kangaroos and wallabies are freely roaming with human. For those who love extreme water sports, the island also hosts several annual surf events.
Not only the Philip Island, the nearby Victorian cities, including Melbourne, are also magnificent places to explore. There are so many places of interests and large selections of attractions to offer. It is more than just watching the intense race but also experiencing the magical Australia.
Hotel Near Phillip Island Circuit
Watching motogp, superbike or formula1 races is very exciting, especially if the place to stay near the location, can walk around the location, here is a list of hotels close to the location.
- Grey Goose @ Smiths (1.51 km)
- Bimbadeen Phillip Island Farm Retreats (1.92 km)
- Berry’s Beach B&B (2.47 km)
- Cliff Top (2.51 km)
- At The Beach – Sunset Strip (2.97 km)
- Amaze N Things Holiday Park Cowes (3.02 km)
- Ramada Resort Phillip Island (3.06 km)
- Happy Valley Cottage (3.16 km)
- Woodbyne Cottages (3.63 km)
- Holiday Home Sandy Cove Beach (4.2 km)
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