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2017 Australian MotoGP
SPECIAL FEATURE INSIDE
GP is back this weekend
One of the largest motorcycle events in Victoria was held in San Remo on Saturday, kicking off a week of festivities before the Australian
Motorcycle Grand Prix begins on Friday. Under sunny and blue skies an estimated 8000 riders rode in from all corners of Australia for the
annual Blessing of the Bikes Festival, held in San Remo for the first time after the event relocated from Mirboo North. The event, which ran
like clockwork, saw 30 chaplains in attendance moving amongst riders and praying with them if they wished. Prayers included for personal
wellbeing and rider safety. The Blessing of the Bikes festival was judged an outstanding success both for the motorcycle fraternity and for
the township of San Remo, and has definitely guaranteed itself a spot on next year’s calendar of local events. There to welcome the many
thousands in attendance was the Mayor of the Bass Coast Shire, Pam Rothfield (centre) pictured here with two local riders, Bruce Wright
(left) and Rod Beanham (right), both of Cowes.
For more photos of the event and story turn to pages 22 and 23. Also inside: Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix feature, pages 15-20.
PHILLIP Island is gearing up for its annual in-
flux of visitors this weekend, for the 2017 Aus-
tralian Motorcycle Grand Prix, and locals are
again invited to soak up the atmosphere of this
international event trackside at what has been
dubbed ‘Free Friday’.
This is the 20th consecutive GP held at Phil-
lip Island, and it’s all going to plan, says manag-
ing director at the circuit Fergus Cameron.
As always, the track is in picture perfect con-
dition to greet the huge international contingent
of teams and riders, who began arriving for the
event from Japan yesterday.
The event is expected to inject $30 million
into the local economy.
Speaking on Monday, Fergus said that it has
been a challenge getting everything in place this
year because of the heavy rain experienced dur-
ing September, but the track is looking “abso-
He said members of the international orga-
nising group DORNA arrived on Monday morn-
ing to take over the circuit in conjunction with
the AGPC, for the conduct of the GP.
Crowds similar to last year’s numbers are ex-
pected, and corporate ticket sales in particular
have been excellent in the lead up to the weekend.
Just 11 points separate the GP champion-
ship points leader Marc Marquez (Honda) from
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) so competition will
be fierce as both riders fight for championship
honours on Sunday, with the season drawing
to a close.
Australian rider Jack Miller, and potentially
a second Aussie rider Broc Parkes, will be on
Free general admission is again being offered
on Friday (October 20) to the entire Bass Coast
community to go along and experience the thrill
of the world’s greatest riders in action, and
soak up the atmosphere of this fantastic world
A host of street activities are also planned
post-race in Cowes over the three days of the
The bottom of Thompson Avenue will become
a licensed festival zone on Friday, Saturday and
Live music performances on the Cowes main
stage commence on Friday night at 6pm with the
Laing Brothers Trio followed by entertainment
interspersed with main stage Rider Interviews at
7pm, and a DJ going through until 1am.
On Saturday, Thompson Avenue from Cha-
pel Street will become a bikes only zone from
8.30am until 1am.
Continued page 2.
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