Philip Island secures new long-term MotoGP contract

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Philip Island will continue to host the MotoGP Australian Grand Prix until 2026 after a new long-term contract was announced by the Victoria State Government this weekend.

The Philip Island Grand Prix Circuit first hosted the Australian Grand Prix back in 1989 before the race moved to Eastern Creek in 1991.

The race returned to Philip Island in 1997 and has remained there ever since, traditionally being held towards the end of the MotoGP season.

On Sunday, Australian minister for tourism and major events John Eren announced that a deal had been struck to keep the MotoGP race and the World Superbike rounds at Philip Island for the foreseeable future.

“Our motorsports events at Phillip Island are flagship dates on our calendar, and they’re going nowhere. Phillip Island will remain at the centre of world motorsport for many years to come,” Eren said.

“These events create a unique buzz around Phillip Island, attract visitors to Victoria from all over the globe, and show the world we have the best of everything.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of MotoGP commercial rights’ holder Dorna, added: “The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and the FIM Superbike World Championship have a strong history at Phillip Island, and have become part of the Island’s fabric.

“I am delighted the Victorian Government has decided to continue this longstanding, mutually beneficial relationship.”