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Phillip Island set to host another thriller

Phillip Island set to host another thriller

Phillip Island set to host another thriller

Another four-stroke is added to the MotoGP pack this weekend in the penultimate round of the MotoGP World Championships, the SKYY VODKA Australian Grand Prix. Norick Abe rides the M1 Yamaha for the first time against Grand Prix winners Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi, Alex Barros and Tohru Ukawa and the stage is set for another great day around the riders favourite track in the 16-round championship, the 4.448 kms (2.764 miles) Phillip Island circuit in Victoria.

Last year we saw what was dubbed the 500cc race of the decade as Rossi clinched the world title when less than three seconds covered the first nine riders. Biaggi won the previous year and is in great form as he brings his Yamaha career to a close. His bitter rival Rossi will not relax after winning the World title three races ago. The Italian is desperate to erase recent defeats by Biaggi and Barros.

Shinya Nakano continues on the four-stroke Yamaha after his impressive sixth place in Malaysia , while his Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Oliver Jacque should be fit to ride after crashing in the same race. Daijiro Kato returns to yet another circuit where he won the 250cc race last year while former World Champion Kenny Roberts will be looking to improve on his eighth place in the Championship, riding the four-stroke Suzuki.

Twenty-six year old Australian Andrew Pitt makes just his second appearance on the four-stroke Kawasaki, in front of his home crowd. The 2001 World Supersport Champion replaces the injured Akiira Yanagawa for the last three races and improved his lap times dramatically throughout the weekend at Sepang, riding a MotoGP bike for the first time.

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MotoGP, 2002, SKYY VODKA Australian Grand Prix

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