The Australian Moto Grand Prix: A Thrilling Race to the Finish

Catch it all as man and machine push it to the limits at the world’s most difficult MotoGP track, the 4.5 km Phillip Island circuit. With daring moves and an unpredictable outcome, this thrilling 3-day event is one of the best Australian Moto Grand Prix races of all time!

The race is known for its high-speed danger and intricate racing tactics. And with many close calls and near misses, it makes for an exciting experience for spectators and riders alike. It’s not just about who’s got the best bike; it’s about who can read their competitors’ minds and anticipate their moves first.

If you like speed, adrenaline, and entertainment, the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is the place to be! Here’s what you need to know regarding this year’s Australian Moto Grand Prixrace before heading out to the venue or tuning in from home!

Australian  MotoGP Date

The Australian Grand Prix motorcycle racing season kicks off in earnest in late October. Each year, it’s a highlight on the international racing calendar, and riders prepare months in advance to get ready for it.

The 2020 and 2021 MotoGP World Championship got canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, MotoGP will be returning to Australia after a 2-year hiatus. The 2022 race promises an amazing event with intense competition between the world’s best riders.

Venue

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is easily the most technical and picturesque track on the MotoGP calendar. The island is located just off the southeastern coast of Australia, about 120 kilometers from Melbourne. 

The track was first used for Grand Prix racing in 1989 and has been a regular fixture on the MotoGP calendar since 1997. With its fast and flowing layout, Phillip Island is a favorite among riders and fans alike. 

The elevation changes and wind exposure make this circuit so challenging. Even though it’s only 4.5 km long, twelve corners challenge even the most experienced rider. 

But don’t let the technical nature of this circuit fool you; with some luck, you could end up following racers down the 900-meter Gardner Straight at over 280km/h!

How To Get There

To get there, you can fly into Melbourne Airport and then take a connecting flight to Phillip Island Airport. However, there are only a handful of flights per day.

You can also take a train from Flinders Street, Melbourne to Stony Point, and then catch a bus or taxi to Phillip Island. Or you can save time by taking a train from Flinders Street to Dandenong, then catch a bus to Phillip Island the Ventnor Beach Road/Gap Road. 

Also, you can make the whole trip by bus (Lines 907 and 901). Catch bus line 907 at Swanston St/Lonsdale St to Mitcham Station/Colombo St. Then take bus line 901 at Mitcham Rd/Whitehorse Rd to Dandenong Station/Foster St, and then to Phillip Island via Ventnor Beach Road/Gap Road.

Once you’re on Phillip Island, there are plenty of transportation options to get you around. You can rent a car, hire a taxi or shuttle service. 

Book chauffeur service if you want to enjoy the breathtaking scenery while in town. Chauffeur service adds a touch of luxury to your trip to the MotoGP. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy the ride while someone else takes care of the driving. Plus, you’ll get to arrive in style!

Also, you can bring your bike and join the MRA Cranbourne GP Run to Phillip Island. You’ll be joining thousands of motorcyclists for an 89-kilometer ride from Cranbourne to Phillip Island via Gippsland Highway M420.

Another common way to get from the mainland to the island is by ferry. The Western Port Ferry service runs between Stony Point in Mornington Peninsula and Cowes on Phillip Island. 

Australian MotoGP: Big Names

The Australian MotoGP is always an exciting event, and this year is shaping up to be no different. Remy Gardner, Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi, Jack Miller, Wayne Gardner, Casey Stoner, and Mick Doohan are all big names in the MotoGP world. They’ll all be racing this year, and each will be looking to take home the win and start their MotoGP season on a high note.

In addition to the stars list, there will also be many upcoming riders. You don’t want to miss out on what promises to be a terrific race!

Off-Track Entertainment

While the main event is, of course, the race itself, there are plenty of other activities to keep spectators entertained.

Meet-and-Greets with Riders

One of the most popular off-track events is the celebrity appearance stage, where famous personalities from all over the world come to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans. 

Ride GP Simulators

For MotoGP fans who want to get a taste of what it’s like to be a racer, there are opportunities to take hot laps on the GP simulators.

Attend GP Expo

The GP Expo is also a great chance to check out the latest motorcycle gear and products from all the major manufacturers.

MotoGP Paddock Tour

Take a walk around the Support Paddock. It’s a great opportunity for fans to get up close and personal with the teams, riders, and bikes. There will be photo opportunities, autograph signings, and Q&A sessions with the riders.

Mechanical Information Session

One of the most popular off-track activities is the mechanical information session. Moto GP fans can learn about the inner workings of a MotoGP bike from the team mechanics themselves. These sessions are always popular, so be sure to arrive early to get a good spot.

So whether you’re looking for entertainment or an adrenaline rush, this year’s MotoGP will have something for everyone!

Ticketing Information & Packages

There are 4 Grandstands to choose from when purchasing your ticket: 

Lukey Heights Grandstand

This grandstand lets you catch the action as riders exit Turn 9, heading into the Turn 10 hairpin. The package includes Pit Lane Walk and an opportunity to pose with the MotoGP World Champions trophy.

Doohan Pavillion Grandstand

The Doohan Pavillion is located outside Turn 2 on the Southern Loop. It provides incredible views of Turns 1 through turn 4. Also, the package includes a 2-hour guided tour of the paddock, a guided garage tour, a Q&A session with riders, and a team hospitality suite reception.

Gardner Premium Grandstand

Situated on the main straight, Gardner Premium Grandstand provides fans with an up-close look at the riders as they come screaming down the front straight. You’ll also have a great view of all the action on pit lane.

Also, the package includes a guided paddock tour, garage tour, team hospitality suite reception, and Q&A session with riders.

MotoGP VIP Village

The MotoGP VIP Village is the official corporate hospitality program of MotoGP. Situated in prime locations at each Grand Prix, the MotoGP VIP Village offers a unique opportunity to experience the excitement of MotoGP. 

With an exceptional level of service, you can enjoy the race from a prime viewing location and have access to a range of hospitality facilities, including gourmet catering, an open bar, and an exclusive gift bag. This premier 3-day VIP pass also includes meet-and-greets with riders and Pit Lane Walks.

You’ll also get a photo session with the authentic MotoGP World Champions trophy, guided tours (garage and paddock),  and a Q&A session with riders. 

Where To Stay

There are plenty of accommodation options in nearby towns such as Cowes, San Remo, and Wonthaggi. 

Caravans, Camps & Holiday Parks

There are camping and caravan parks in the area for those looking for a unique experience.

NameLocationAccommodation Options
Anchor Belle Holiday Park272 Church Street, Cowes2 story townhouse units with three bedrooms
NRMA Phillip Island Beachfront Holiday Park64 Church Street, CowesCaravan or campsite
Amaroo Caravan Park97-105 Church Street, CowesFully self-contained 2-bedroom villas. One bedroom king bed villasDeluxe studios. A few camping sites.
A Maze’N Things Theme Park1825 Phillip Island Road, CowesOne-room studio cabins. Budget two-bedroom family cabins Spacious park cabin (sleeps up to six)Two modern villasStudio and motel rooms (suitable for a short stay)
Anchorage Camp ParkVentnorStandard Cabins (sleep five)Family Cabins – (sleep seven)Backpacker Rooms (sleep two)Grassed campsites

Conclusion

The Australian MotoGP is around the corner, and it’s going to be an incredible weekend of racing! Sure, it’s a long flight and an expensive ticket. However, if you want to see the fastest motorcycle racers in the world go head-to-head on the most challenging tracks around, there’s no better way to do it than being there in person! 

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