An estimated 77,200 fans witnessed dramatic racing across the three days of the 2013 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island. Race winner Jorge Lorenzo kept his world championship hopes alive after 20 year-old championship leader Marc Marquez was disqualified for failing to complete a mandatory bike change during the required two lap window.
“We have had it all this year, stunning weather, record lap times and dramatic racing – Phillip Island really turned it on,” said Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott.
Kim Storey, Generation Manager of Destination Phillip Island, said the MotoGP was a win for regional areas.
“It provides economic benefits to regional Victoria with visitors riding from all directions, including the Barry Sheene Ride from Bairnsdale and another ride from Cranbourne,” she said.
The Regional Tourism Board works closely with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to maximise international exposure for the region during the event broadcast. The organisations also held a joint welcome event for international media in attendance.
“This event, broadcast to billions around the world, provides a unique opportunity to highlight Phillip Island and its unique attractions by providing footage and encouraging the international media contingent to get out and explore our attractions before the race action commences,” Ms Storey said.