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Stoner consulted as Phillip Island gets new tarmac

Stoner consulted as Phillip Island gets new tarmac

New tarmacking of the Australian Phillip Island circuit has today been completed, after the track underwent an AUD $3 million upgrade after consultation with Casey Stoner.

Following 14 years of steady deterioration, the 4.445km track was resurfaced over a period of two days, following a 40mm layer being skimmed off the top the week before. The preparation for the project had been extensive, including numerous site surveys recommending the need for new asphalt run-off zones at Doohan Corner and at turn four. In addition to this, 1.3km of kerbs will also be removed and replaced, whilst drainage around the circuit will also be improved.

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 aptly named after him to honour his achievement at the circuit. 

MotoGP, 2013

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