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MotoGP Sepang: Pedrosa wins again Oct 21, 2012
Dani Pedrosa takes a five-point chunk out of Jorge Lorenzo's world championship lead at Sepang…
Marc Marquez wipes out in Malaysia but he's still the odds-on favourite to win the Moto2 title…
Sandro Cortese's win at the Sepang International Circuit gives him the first ever Moto3 world title…
MotoGP: Inside Line at Motegi Oct 17, 2012
Our man in the paddock Toby Moody reports back from the Grand Prix of Japan where it seems he was very well catered for…
Danny Kent scored a sensational first Grand Prix Victory at Motegi in Moto3 and fellow Red Bull athlete Marc Marquez extended his Moto2 world championship lead to 53 with another brilliant win over...
- Phillip Island, Australia
- OCT 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM
- OCT 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Round 17 of the MotoGP World Championship sees us pull into Phillip Island for the Australian Grand Prix. The first races on Phillip Island took place in 1926 with the running of the 100 Miles Road Race. As speeds grew over the years so did the need for a safer circuit. The original Phillip Island road circuit which survived until 1935, was based around the airfield, and was a dusty trek up and down hills and through tough tight corners. In 1951, a group of six local businessmen decided to build a new track, about 2 km away, the new track still bears the corner name signs of the original circuit.
Requiring much maintenance the circuit sadly and slowly declined through the 1970s, it was farmed by its owners while closed and was then sold in 1985 in preparation for reopening, but did not do so until 1989 when a long term lease and rebuild agreement was signed. In 2006 and 2007, Phillip Island hosted the grand finale of the V8Supercars Championship Series, as well as a regular MotoGP and Superbike. A multi-million dollar re-development was done in late 2006, leaving the grand old icon of Australian motorcycle racing as up-to-date as she's ever been.