Each year in October, the famed Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit hosts the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, a dedicated round of the MotoGP championship which determines the world MotoGP champion.
The Phillip Island track was designed with motorbikes in mind and always produces scintillating racing, especially for thousands of trackside fans who flock to a number of superb vantage points around the circuit.
Fans from all over Australia and around the world descend on ‘The Island’ to catch all of the action and stay to visit the Island’s other key tourist attractions – the world-famous Penguin Parade and nearby Seal Rocks and The Nobbies, or natural attractions such as Cape Woolamai and Churchill Island. Further afield, the picturesque rolling hills and dramatic coastline of Gippsland beg further exploration, as does the stunning Mornington Peninsula.
The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix has been hosted by Phillip Island since 1997*. In 2022, the race was won for the first time by Spain’s Álex Rins, who wrested the lead on the final lap to triumph in front of a weekend-long total of 91,000 fans – the largest attendance since 2012.
The race’s honour roll includes six-time winners Valentino Rossi (Italy) and Casey Stoner (Australia), plus three-time winners Marc Márquez (Spain) and Mick Doohan (Australia).
With its jaw-dropping beauty, challenging race circuit and welcoming atmosphere, the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is a perennial favourite of riders, teams and fans alike.
For more information on the race, visit the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix website. Buses run several times each day from Melbourne CBD to Phillip Island, check the Public Transport Victoria website for details.
* Not held in 2020 or 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions