The Australian round of the 2022 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship has finally been locked in, with the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit to host the twelfth and final round of this year’s championship.
Scheduled for 18-20 November, almost two years after World Superbikes (WSBK) last raced at Phillip Island, the Australian round will take place just a week after the Indonesian round at Mandalika.
A WSBK season finale hasn’t been held in Australia since 1996, which given the end to last year’s championship, could see the title decided at Phillip Island this year.
Back in '96, Anthony Gobert won both races on the Team Muzzy’s Kawasaki ZXR-750 and Troy Corser wrapped up the championship on a Ducati 916 for Promotor Racing Power Horse.
This year’s end-of-season slot is likely to be a one-off, with Phillip Island all but certain to return to its traditional status as the opening round in 2023.
“Everyone from the World Superbike community is keen to get back to Phillip Island, and we are raring to go, so it’s great news that we’re back on the championship calendar in 2022,” said David Bennett, General Manager, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
“We thank Dorna and the Victorian Government for their assistance in securing the final round of 2022 for Australia, and we look forward to potentially crowning the champion at Phillip Island.”
World Superbike and World Supersport categories will be in action this November, including Aussies Ben Currie and Oli Bayliss in the latter category.
The international contingent will be backed by a big national support programme of Australian Superbike, Australian Supersport and Australian Supersport 300 over three days of racing.
Tickets for the Australian round of the 2022 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship will go on sale later this year.
To register your interest in tickets, hospitality, or to become a volunteer official, go to: worldsbk.com.au
Photos: Russell Colvin