The second of three Asian-Oceanic races, the Australian GP, is scheduled for October 20-22 at Phillip Island and will be the 16th MotoGP World Championship race of the season. Inaugurated in December 1956, the track has hosted the 500 cc MotoGP since 1989 and World Superbike since 1990.
Located on Phillip Island 140 km from Melbourne, of all the circuits in the championship, this one is the closest to the South Pole. The last two editions saw the position on the 38th parallel south translate into rigid temperatures: During the race in 2015, the air temperature never went over 15° C and last year it maxed out at 13° C.
To maintain the correct operating temperature of the brakes, the MotoGP bikes often use carbon covers, the same they use on other circuits too when it rains. The riders could switch to steel discs when it rains but one month ago in Misano, Marc Marquez proved that it is also possible to race in the rain with Brembo carbon discs without being affected.
According to Brembo technicians, who assist 100% of the 2017 MotoGP pilots, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is only slightly demanding on the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned a 1 on the difficulty index, a score that none of the other 17 tracks have earned. The same score was given to the Superbike races.