WSBK: 2019 WorldSBK season officially launches today at Phillip Island

WSBK: 2019 WorldSBK season officially launches today at Phillip Island

The 2019 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship season got underway at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on Thursday with the traditional Official Media Conference set on the unique stage of WorldSBK Paddock Show.

Attending the 2019 Championship launch, WorldSBK stars Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK), Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati), Ryuichi Kiyonari (Moriwaki – Althea HONDA Racing Team), Michael van der Mark (PATA Yamaha World Superbike Team), Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), Sandro Cortese (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK), and WorldSSP riders Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) and Federico Fuligni (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), who spoke about the new 2019 format and their expectations from the new season.

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit General Manager David Bennet and Yamaha Motor Finance General Manager Kelly Fraser opened the ceremony, welcoming the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship in Australia, as the championship opens its curtains on the new season for the 11th time in a row at the Australian race track.

Then it was the turn of WorldSBK Executive Director of Sporting & Organization Departments Gregorio Lavilla to speak: “Our adventure started seven years ago, and after all this time, I can finally say that we are reaching our goals. We are happy about our partnerships with all the teams, sponsors and circuits. Starting the new season here in Australia is always a great pleasure for us, and we would like to thank Victoria Government and Yamaha Motor Finance, who helped us promoting the event. 2019 will see WorldSBK adopting a new format, with the Tissot Superpole Race introduced on Sunday morning. But WordSSP300, which will debut in Europe in April, will also be different this year. We are facing new challenges, and we are excited about these changes. I hope all of you will support us in making the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship becoming even bigger this year”.

Reigning WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing WorldSBK Team) also spoke about the new season and about the “triple treating” new weekend format: “It is always nice to be back here at Phillip Island. I have a lot of family and friends here, and while in Europe the weather is bad, here we can enjoy Summer. This year will be extremely special for fans, as they will enjoy Superpole and one race on Saturday and then two races on Sunday, and about me I love racing, and I can’t get enough of it for myself. We still need to understand how the new format will affect our, but we are excited about starting the new season, and we will fight for those additional points”.

The FIM Supersport World Championship will kick off in Australia this weekend too. The new season will see a lot of competition and many riders aiming for the title, as French rider Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) also confirmed: “Competition this year is higher than ever before. There are a lot of riders able to fight for the title this year. They are not new to the championship, but many of those riders have changed team and are riding different bikes in 2019. I am ready for the new challenge ahead. Our winter was great, and these two days of testing here at Phillip Island were helpful. I am trying to adapt myself to my new bike and changing my riding style. I look forward to racing here this weekend”.

Action will begin on Friday morning with WorldSBK Free Practice 1 at 10.30LT (+11 GMT) before the first race of the 2019 season will take place on Saturday at 15.00 LT, and the battle will continue into Sunday with the first ever Tissot Superpole Race in WorldSBK history at 12:00 followed then by race two again at 15.00LT.

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10 hrs ago


Throwing it back to the #Moto2 race of the #BritishGP 2012 🇬🇧

Enjoy the last laps battle for the 2nd place between Marquez and Redding! ⚔️

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I was there.....Brilliant racing!!

Very drunk day but remember the race. Loved watching Scott race. All packed and ready for Silverstone Thursday morning.

Fantastic battle 👍

I was there, great finish. Home crowd went wild when Redding got back in front, then deadly silent when Marquez had a look up inside on last bend, then wild again when Redding cut back across. Amazing stuff!


Very nice

Very nice

All these guys are big talents. Many riders like Pol Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista, Bradley Smith, Antony West & many more are great riders and capable of winning championships ( capable ). People underestimate these guys by their bad results, but material is key in these classes, especially in the MotoGp class. Give them a solid ride and they'll blow your mind

Redding never got the ride he deserved.

Great performance by Pol & Scott at the end💪🏼..that was a cracker💥..

Redding and Iannone can beat Marquez they just don't get competitive bikes

2019, #93 is the winner..😋🏁

special suter chassis for marc and mysterious team 😉 after marc step up to motogp, this team directly disappear, nobody know where are they now.

however Mac Marquez with his current performance does not have to be Marquez's best

Just shows how good Redding was but never really got the bike to really take it to them in Motogp.

Very cool video MotoGP. More like this one please!!!

Man, I miss Scott Redding in the padock "let's get it babi"

Muy buena carrera no apta para cardíacos 🤭🤭🤭

Luthi is moto2 governor.. 🤣🤣🤣

Forget just how good Redding could have been with a decent bike

now whrs redding? gone?

Nice to see maq battle for other place than 1st

Kaj mu je pa SCOTT REDDING naredil,šale in kape.😀

Bring back Redding

duel one on one in the final lap marquez lose .....

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12 hrs ago


The dramatic moment which cost Marc Márquez a shot at victory at Silverstone two years ago! 😱

The world champion's misfortune opened the door for Andrea Dovizioso to snatch the win! 💨

#BritishGP 🇬🇧
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Good Day all.

Encore! Encore! Do it again!

Unlikely to be repeated! Hope Dovi brings his A game though. 👍🏼👍🏼

Gave the rest a chance

So what's new?? Sometimes these kind of technical failures happens in Motorsport... Very rare that engine blow sky high to premier class bike.

I love coming here and waiting for all the Yellow gob smokers.

I thought "the legend" was gonna win that day.. 😅

Was at this race, and that bike blowing up was almost as good as a Rossi win 😀

RAre footage for sure

Honda's bike today is reliable so this might not happen again.

Ah, I could watch that Honda blow up all day every day...

Alex Groenewold finger cross 😅👍.. voor komend weekend

#MM93 Come Back STRONGER! 💪💪💪😎👍👍👍

Fast forward >>>> he is the world champion!!



And finaly , the boss MM93 won the title one more time

Saya Mie Halim moh top fan sama sama

Nothing can stop him not even a broken bike ! Simply the king of MotoGP !

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15 hrs ago


Cue the celebrations, Bob! 🍾👏 ... See Less

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( •_•) ( >💎 oh! Preciosa insignia! /︶\

Must be an awesome feeling..I certainly Would love to work with f1 even if it was to clean a window.

Nice. Long time lots of great words over the years

Awesome to get behind the scenes!

I love the voice of that guy

Cheers to the great Bob!!!

Amazing. I remember this voice. Thanks.

More than 660 wow ! I mean that’s amazingly nice, being with the next generation sharing your experience & catching something new from them it’s a nice way. Good going Bob keep it up & don’t forget to change the baton when you still can... 👍

Bobs Brilliant we love Bob in our house 👍🏻

Love these little insights into the F1 community 👍

It’s nice to now be able to put a name/face to the voice. Keep up the good work Bob. 🎤 🔈

Amazing with the “carmen opera” music

Awesome to put the face to the voice.

Hey I’m a top fan again, but it is really cool to put a face to the voice. I never really thought about it till I saw this

Big respect for Bob cheers 🍾🍾

I now have proof of what he does when he goes away. He is my legend

I should celebrate with champagne too after being promoted to top fan for god knows what reason 😂

Finally we get to see the man! 🙌🏻

I always wondered who did the podium announcements and if it was done locally or in England. 👍

Thanks for the Top Fan position!

Never seen the man behind the legendary announcements !

Wait, what if he is the meow guy! 😆

Always wondered who did the podium announcements and now we can put a face to the voice

660 races and counting .....give Bob some champaaaaaaaagne!! 🍾🍾

The unsung hero of F1 😁😂🍾

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