Phillip Island track resurfaced
New tarmacking of the Australian Phillip Island circuit has been completed after the track underwent an AUD $3 million upgrade following consultations with retired Aussie rider Casey Stoner.
Following 14 years of steady deterioration, the 4.445km track was resurfaced over a period of two days after having a 40mm layer skimmed off the top the week before. The extensive preparation for the project included numerous site surveys and new asphalt run-off zones at Doohan Corner and at turn Four. In addition to this, 1.3km of kerbs were also be removed and replaced, whilst drainage around the circuit was improved.
In order to help the circuit retain its unique character, former double MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner was consulted before work began to advise which bumps to remove and which to retain. The Australian, who has now retired from the sport, is arguably one of the best racers to ask, having dominated at the track for the last six years in the premier-class, with his final race in front of his home crowd this October being no exception.
His favourite corner on the track, Turn 3, was named after him to honour his achievement at the circuit.