I prefer the World Superbike Series as compared
to the MotoGP effort, why, well it's all because I can relate more closely to the
machinery and the riders and mechanics are far more approachable. It's that atmosphere
thing, Oh and Australian riders have done rather well of late thankyou!!
Below I am continuing to cover the annual WSBK rounds at Victoria's Phillip
Island, so please have a look at my photographic records....
Please click on the heading or associated image to be taken to
the dedicated page covering the event.....
PHILLIP ISLAND -
A huge change in 2011, Ducati have withdrawn their
factory team, BMW have increased their commitment and Ten Kate have gained the
fabulous Castrol Racing livery/support for their Honda CBR 1000RR machinery.
Major rider changes include Leon Haslam moving from Suzuki to
join Troy Corser in the works BMW team, James Toseland and WSBK 2010 Superstock
winner Ayrton Badovini head up a new team called BMW Motorrad Italia. Johnny Rae
welcomes? Ruben Xaus into the aforementioned Castrol-Ten Kate Honda team.
The clickable image depicts #7: Carlos Checa on his winning
PHILLIP ISLAND -
BMW increasing their commitment to WSBK, that was more than
enough enticement to ensure my return to 'PI' for the first WSBK event of 2010.
Troy Corser, Ruben Xaus, Andrew Pitt and Roland Resch piloted the BMW S1000RR's
with promising results. After four years in MotoGP, Chris Vermeulen moved
across to Superbikes and rode a Factory Kawasaki ZX10R with new team mate Tom
Leon Haslam moved to Suzuki, Carlos Checa to Ducati and
James Toseland moved across to Superbikes, campaigning a Yamaha R1.
The clickable image, a 0.004 of a second
winning margin in Race 1!!
PHILLIP ISLAND - March 2009:
Being a huge fan of BMW Motorcycles I had followed with
anticipation the efforts of the BMW Factory, Troy Corser, (clickable image) and Ruben Xaus, to make
the new BMW 'four cylinder in line' S1000RR competitive from day one. Whilst not
placing, both Riders performed very well. The team,
machinery, presentation, Riders availability on practice day, just superb, a close second to the
long established Ducati Factory Team.
Interest was also centred on Nori Haga, moving from
the Corser/Haga Yamaha Team of 2008 onto the ex Troy Bayliss works Ducati seat,
to the amazement of all 'the find of 2009' quickly emerged for
Yamaha, Ben Spies!
PHILLIP ISLAND - March 2008:
A must visit, Troy Bayliss' final year of WSBK competition and
he went on to again take the WORLD SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP in style, a fantastic
way to cap a brilliant career!!
The 'clickable' image is of Troy Bayliss coming onto the
Phillip Island Main Straight.
Troy Corser and Andrew Pitt were also right at the top of
their game, a great weekend for Australian Riders against the worlds best.