World Superbike racing will be staged in Australia until at least 2011 with confirmation the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit has secured a new five year contract for the category and been granted the championship's prestigious opening round for 2007.
Australian round of the Superbike World Championship will kick off the season with the world's leading teams racing at the iconic island circuit from March 2-4, 2007.
The Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Pandazopoulos, announced the new deal at a media conference at the circuit today and confirmed that the Victorian Government and circuit owner, Linfox, have completed the new five year deal with World Superbike organizers, FG Sport.
"Phillip Island's position as the mecca of bike racing has been further cemented with the news that both the Superbike World Championship and Moto GP will be staged here for a further five years," said Mr Pandazopoulos.
"The Superbike World Championship attracts more than 8000 interstate and overseas visitors, It also boosts our economy by nearly $17 million a year and attracts approximately 55 000 spectators to Phillip Island over the three days. The deal builds on the long tradition of motor racing at Phillip Island, a tradition which began with the first motorcycle race here 75 years ago."
SBK Press Office