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Phillip Island capacity to expand ahead of MotoGP visit

Phillip Island capacity to expand ahead of MotoGP visit

With less than two months to go before the GMC Australian Grand Prix, plans to expand grandstand capacity at the Phillip Island circuit have been announced - due to the huge demand for tickets for the sixteenth round of the season.

With less than two months to go before the GMC Australian Grand Prix, plans to expand grandstand capacity at the Phillip Island circuit have been announced - due to the huge demand for tickets for the sixteenth round of the season.

The new release of tickets will see grandstand capacity increased by almost 40 per cent on the total number of seats available for the 2006 race.

It is a distinct possibility that runaway World Championship leader Casey Stoner could secure his first MotoGP title on home soil in front a passionate crowd at The Island on the 12th-14th October weekend. The 21 year old Australian has a 60 point lead in the general standings with just six races to go.

Stoners superb form, along with the continual progression of Rizla Suzukis popular Aussie rider Chris Vermeulen and the re-emergence of their compatriot Anthony West in the premier class with Kawasaki have heightened interest in MotoGP amongst the Australian public.

Not since the glory days of Wayne Gardner and Mick Doohan more than a decade ago have we seen such attention focussed on the Grand Prix, said Drew Ward, CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. As the momentum continues to build, you get a feeling that this year is going to offer the sort of racing that legends are made of.

With our present grandstand ticket offering almost full to capacity, we are delighted to announce that we will be extending each of the four grandstands for the October 12 14 race. The blistering on-track performances of Casey Stoner and Chris Vermeulen have created a massive groundswell of interest in the 2007 GMC MotoGP.

Phillip Island figures reveal that sales of grandstand tickets are 153 per cent up on the same time last year, sales of VIP hospitality tickets are 45 per cent up on the same time last year and sales of general admission tickets are 171 per cent up on the same time last year.

For bookings or more information, visit www.motogp.com.au.

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MotoGP, 2007

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