A few hours south of Melbourne in the Australian state of Victoria, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is a ribbon of tarmac standing alone by the sea. High speed, flowing and technical, it has been the stage for some of the greatest two-wheeled races in recent history.
This weekend will see the track once more beckon the fastest and bravest to tackle the 12 corners and undulating layout on the way to the final push towards the finish line, reaching sixth gear as the track seems to disappear down the Gardner Straight and over the edge of the world.
2016 sees the dawn of a new era in WorldSBK: Race 1 will now be held on Saturday. To make the weekend of a WorldSBK Round as action-packed as possible, the top class will now face each other down on both Saturday and Sunday, with Friday times providing them with a shot at entry to the Tissot-Superpole 2 session to fight for the top positions on the grid.
In addition, all other riders will now compete in Tissot-Superpole 1, ensuring that the fight for grid positions will be more exciting than ever.
The winner of the first race of the year often takes the crown. Phillip Island will see Rea attempt to defend his for the first time in 2016 as the lights go out and the new dawn arrives: WorldSBK Round 1, Saturday the 27th of February at 04:00 GMT. Read more here.
Keep track of all the action on the free Live Experience App and on WorldSBK.com, with live streaming and timing to make sure you never miss a lap.