Record numbers flock to the Island for Stoner’s send off
As Aussie hero Casey Stoner leads the charge on the 2012 MotoGP World Championship, tickets for the 2012 AirAsia Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix this October are racing out the door.
The 26-year-old recorded his 36th MotoGP victory in Assen on Saturday to wipe out Jorge Lorenzo’s championship lead and bring them back to square, ahead of the German Grand Prix this weekend.
With four months to go until the Australian round of the World Championship, Stoner’s retirement announcement in May has seen unprecedented ticket sales this early in the year.
With General Admission tickets starting at just $45, sales are more than double the same time last year. People are expected to flock in droves to see King Casey’s last race in front of a home crowd at Phillip Island.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, said that sales have gone through the roof following Stoner’s announcement at Le Mans last month.
“We have seen phenomenal growth this year and could be looking at the biggest MotoGP event ever at Phillip Island in terms of attendees,” he said.
“We are encouraging people of all ages to come down to Phillip Island in October to witness history as Stoner attempts to make it six straight Australian MotoGP victories in his last home race.”
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation has introduced new transport options for patrons travelling to the Island, expanded the campground capacity and extended the Doohan and Stoner pavilions to cope with high demand.
“The Siberia Grandstand has completely sold out and we are looking to extend various other grandstands and a number of VIP facilities to accommodate more fans,” Westacott continued.
“We have also introduced a new ticket option called the Three Corner Grandstand which provides fans with the opportunity to experience three different grandstand locations across three days of the event.”
Fans are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Click here to book your tickets today!