When the 2011 World Superbike Championship begins on Feb. 27 at Phillip Island, Australia, the marriage of track and series will be celebrating their 21st anniversary.
World Superbike began racing at Phillip Island, and has been there every year since but 1993. This makes Phillip Island the longest-running event in WSBK Championship history.
Australians will enjoy loads of motorcycle racing there, considering the track is hosting a 12-race program, which includes World Superbike, World Supersport and the Australian domestic championship races.
When the 2011 WSBK season kicks off, five Australians will be competing at their home track. Troy Corser will be competing on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR; he has been racing on the track for 17 years, and has five wins there, the last while competing on a Suzuki in 2005.
Chris Vermeulen will race on the Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R. This will be his first official return to WSBK since missing most of last season. Vermeulen injured his knee at Phillip Island last year, and missed the following two races.
He then re-injured the knee at Round 9 in Brno, and missed the remaining of the 13 races.
The Italian Kawasaki Pedercini Team will field two riders, Mark Aitchison and Bryan Staring. Another Aussie will be former national Australian Superbike Champion Josh Waters on the Yoshimura Suzuki.
In World Supersport, Kawasaki Provec Motocard.com’s Broc Parkes and Honda KUJA Racing’s Mitchell Pirotta will be racing at home.