Phillip Island, Australia

Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Marquez’s greatest escape

Marc Marquez’s Houdini-like escape during Assen practice was one of the greatest saves in MotoGP history

Over the past three decades I’ve seen many amazing riders do many amazing things. All kinds of moments jump out, from before Kevin Schwantz to after Casey Stoner – way too many to go into now, but here are three.

It’s September 1985, the season-ending San Marino GP at Misano, way before anyone had even dreamed of traction control. Randy Mamola is chasing Ron Haslam during practice, both of them aboard Honda’s superbly rider-friendly NS500 triple. The American is accelerating out of a left-hander when his rear tyre smears sideways and then grips. Suddenly the bike isn’t so rider-friendly and flicks him skywards like an ejector seat. When Mamola re-enters orbit his head just about thumps the front mudguard and both his legs land to the right of the bike as he runs off the track. He is now skating through the grass with both feet, his hands hanging onto the handlebars for dear life, while he waits for the bike to slow, because he knows he will crash if he tries to use the front brake.

Phillip Island Secures MotoGP and World Superbikes for Long Term

The long-term future of MotoGP and World Superbikes in Australia has been secured. Earlier this week, Dorna signed an agreement with the Victorian government and the Phillip Island circuit which will see both world championship motorcycle racing series remain at the circuit for the next ten years, until 2027.

The agreement is great news for motorcycle racing fans and riders, as the Phillip Island circuit is almost universally regarded as one of the best two or three circuits in the world. Riders praise its fast, flowing layout - it is the fastest track on the calendar, with an average speed of well over 181 km/h - and its location, perched atop a cliff overlooking the Bass Strait which separates mainland Australia from Tasmania, makes for a spectacular setting and dramatic TV images. The flowing layout always provides fantastic racing, as the 2015 MotoGP race proved.

Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - To finish first, first you must finish

MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.


To finish first, first you must finish

World Superbikes: Looking Back at Phillip Island, Forward to Thailand

The second round of the World Superbike Championship will take place this weekend in Thailand, and while Jonathan Rea has started the year in terrific form there's plenty of reason for optimism along the pit lane. Thailand will offer a true indication of what to expect this year in WorldSBK, and while it's unlikely we'll see the same number of bikes fighting for the win, it's likely that the scrap at the front will be just as competitive.

Rea still the man to beat in WorldSBK

2016 Phillip Island World Superbike Notes: Has WSBK Turned a Corner?

We are racing at last. The first round of World Superbikes at Phillip Island means we can all breathe a sigh of relief. The long, dark winter is over, and motorcycles are circulating in earnest once again.

What to make of the first weekend of World Superbikes in the new format? Those who worried that spreading the racing over two days would hurt attendance and ruin the series have not seen their fears realized. Attendance at Phillip Island was around 75% of the MotoGP attendance there, really strong figures for the track.

2016 Phillip Island World Superbikes Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the organizers and teams after the thrilling opening round of World Superbikes at Phillip Island:


WorldSBK: A Double And Some Trouble…

Rea takes Race 2 as Davies pushes too hard

Reigning Champion Jonathan Rea took the first double win at Phillip Island since Carlos Checa in 2011 today as key title rival and last year’s runner up Chaz Davies fought hard on the final lap, in the end losing the front into Turn 4.

2016 Phillip Island World Superbike Race Two Results: A New Day

World Superbike race two would be like every other race so far, a close-fought battle with thrills and spills.

Tom Sykes hit the apex at turn one first, with his teammate Jonathan Rea right behind him. Davide Giugliano, Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes followed. Rea and Sykes swapped back and forth on the first lap and Lowes pushed to fourth place, before drifting off line at Lukey Heights and dropping back to fifteenth place.

2016 Phillip Island World Supersport Race Results: Constant Affray

The World Supersport race would be 18 laps of the tyre-chewing Phillip Island circuit.

PJ Jacobsen led into turn one, followed by Jules Cluzel, charging though from eighth place on the grid, and kenan Sofuoglu. Sofuoglu quickly took second place then first. Further back, Lorenzo Zanetti had a tank slapper and clipped Anthony West, but both riders stayed upright and heading in the right direction.

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