After the long winter break, the Superbike World Championship kicks off from the legendary Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. From 24 to 26 February, the Australian track will host the 1st round of the season. Opened in December 1956, is has hosted World Superbike races since 1990. With 51 races, it is the most used circuit of the World Superbike and the only one in the southern hemisphere.
The decision to race in February, during the height of summer, ensures riders temperatures well above those of the MotoGP. In 2015 the races were contested with 30 and 31 degrees (air temperature) and last year with 22 degrees. Naturally, asphalt temperature was much higher: in the last two years it has never dropped below 36 degrees, reaching peaks of 42 degrees.
According to Brembo engineers who work closely with 17 of the World Superbike riders, the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is by far the least demanding circuit for the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned 1 on the difficulty index, matched only by the Assen track.