Phillip Island resurfacing
The legendary Grand Prix and World Superbike Phillip Island circuit, in Australia, has began a resurfacing programme that will take approximately two days to complete.
The track which is on the Melbourne peninsular will undergo its first resurfacing since 1998.
One of the reasons as to why the circuit has lasted much longer than many of the other circuits is the absence of Formula 1 racing. The down-force created by the F1 cars push the asphalt and cause bumps and ripples.
Another reason could be that when most of the racing happens on the circuit it isn’t when the track is at its hottest, with most of the racing happening in the spring and autumn the track rarely faced temperatures of over 50 degrees which isn’t irregular at Montmelo or Mugello.
The resurfacing started Tuesday morning and over five thousand tons of asphalt will be spread on 4.4 km of track in the next two days.
The decision has come after some riders complained about bumps and ripples during the MotoGP weekend, which was won by Casey Stoner for a record sixth time.
The next event at the circuit will be the World Superbikes first round of the season on 26th February 2013.