Features 25 Feb 2020

Top 10: Phillip Island WorldSBK drawcards

Appealing reasons to attend this weekend's 2020 season-opener.

The 2020 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) kicks into gear this weekend at Phillip Island, and there’s a number of reasons to make your way down to the Victorian venue which we highlight in this edition of Top 10.

Image: Russell Colvin.

1. Abundance of racing:
Phillip Island’s WorldSBK really is value for money, with 16 races set to unfold between the world championship and Australian championship classes. And that’s not to mention the practice and qualifying sessions, so there’s definitely going to be no shortage of on-track option.

2. Team HRC debut:
It’s not often you’re able to witness a brand new team and bike make its debut, but if you’re on hand this weekend, you’ll be able to see Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista pilot the all-new Honda CBR1000R-RR under Team HRC. It’s going to be intriguing to see where they fit in amongst the field.

3. Competitive WorldSBK field:
After numerous pre-season tests, it’s safe to say we’re looking at one of the most competitive WorldSBK fields in years. New riders have entered the series while others have transferred teams, and then there’s a selection of new or updates bikes. We’re in for one interesting weekend of racing!

4. Paddock show:
One of the most interesting aspects of WorldSBK is having access to the paddock show, which offers a really unique insight. Holding a paddock pass will mean you can freely attend autograph sessions, rider media conferences, and on-stage entertainment.

5. Bayliss WorldSSP wildcard:
Son of multi-time Superbike world champion Troy Bayliss, Oli Bayliss will be making his debut on the world stage after scoring a wildcard in the WorldSSP category. He’s the sole Australian wildcard, and it’s an incredible opportunity for him. It’s going to be interesting to see how he stacks up against the world’s best!

Image: Russell Colvin.

6. VIP packages:
A number of VIP packages are available across the weekend, and it’s really a unique and unforgettable way to experience WorldSBK. There are three options on offer catering to different budgets with a selection of interesting perks.

7. ASBK opener:
Not only will it be the opening round of WorldSBK, but the country’s best will also be fighting for top honours in round one of the Mi-Bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK). The series itself is set to be a thriller, and makes for a nice addition to the schedule.

8. Trackside camping:
Trackside camping is one of the coolest aspects of Phillip Island’s WorldSBK opener, and there’s no better way to experience the event. With motorcycle-only, powered site and pre-pitched tents available, there’s an option for everyone.

9. Major Yamaha presence:
Yamaha Motor Australia will have a mega presence throughout the weekend, especially as its Yamaha Financial Services brand is the naming rights sponsor of the event. Not only will the 2020 range be on display, but there will be virtual rides, free fun bike rides, parts, accessories and more!

10. Weather forecast:
The great news is that the weather forecast is looking fairly decent over the weekend, with temperatures on the cooler side, while there’s only slight chance of rain on Sunday. As we all know, the weather has a mind of its own in Victoria, but at least it’s looking good so far.