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The power, the passion, the boys clinging to super-powered crotch rockets – it’s the MotoGP

The Phillip Island Moto Grand Prix 2013 is being pitched as a ‘new era’ and it’s easy to see why. After triumphing for the last six years, Casey Stoner has retired and cleared the way for a stunning rookie season from Spain’s Marc Márquez, who has been dominating tracks he’s never raced before.

This could be a big one, since the Australian race is often where the world champ is crowned. The legendary seaside circuit on Phillip Island is beloved by two-wheeler fans worldwide. Racing icon Valentino Rossi has long cited it as his favourite, probably because it’s the fastest in the world (with an average speed of 176 km/h).

Expect blistering laps from all classes: the buzzy Moto3 (formerly the 125cc class, with a top speed of almost 240 km/h from what is essentially a dirt bike engine) and Moto2 (formerly the 250cc class – that’s an engine capacity of a pot of beer), to the 340 km/h top speeds of the MotoGP bikes. And remember, the contact patch of the back tire is approximately the size of an iPhone screen.

Unlike some fair-weather F1 fans, MotoGP brings out the crazy, obsessive diehards who own rides almost as powerful as the pros. There’s the tradition of campers so dedicated that last year a Broome biker arrived two days early to set up outside the grounds.

If it’s your first time, just set up a deckchair at turn one and witness the sight and sound of a motorcycle coming into a turn at more than three times the maximum speed limit. Jaws will drop.

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By Andrew Tijs   |  

Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2013 details

Grand Prix Circuit
Phillip Island, Cowes 3922

Price $45.00

Date 18 Oct 2013-20 Oct 2013

Phillip Island map

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