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2006 AUS Moto GP Naming Sponsor Announced

Discussion in 'Racing, Motorsports, and Track Days' at netrider.net.au started by pvda, Jul 1, 2006.

  1. From the GP Corp web site

    2006 GMC Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Launch


    WEDNESDAY, 28 JUNE 2006

    Get ready for the ride of your life

    Australia’s premier two-wheeled motor sport event is just around the corner with tickets now on sale for the 2006 GMC Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

    And as we prepare to commemorate the 10th consecutive running of the event at the magnificent Phillip Island circuit from 15 – 17 September, there is indeed much to celebrate.

    The Australian Grand Prix Corporation today formally announced that GMC (Global Machinery Company) is the naming rights sponsor for the 2006 event.

    The new partnership teams Australia’s leading supplier of power tools with one of the country’s premier international sporting events.

    Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Tim Bamford, said the new alliance would help to ensure that Australia’s foremost regional event continues to offer patrons the highest standards of both ontrack and off-track activity they’ve come to expect.

    "We’re obviously thrilled that GMC has come on board as naming rights sponsor of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix," said Mr Bamford. "It demonstrates the on-going corporate support for the event and we’re confident that the association will deliver real benefits for GMC.

    "GMC is a trusted Australian brand and it is particularly encouraging to receive such support from a home-grown company. GMC will join our family of well-established sponsors who have long realised the enormous potential in partnering with the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix."

    The ten-year celebrations are also a boon for Grand Prix visitors, with general admission and grandstand ticket prices frozen at 2005 rates.

    "For just $35, spectators can witness an entire day of adrenalin-charged action at what is widely regarded as the best round of the World Championship," said Mr Bamford.

    Acting Major Events Minister Andre Haermeyer said the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is the biggest regional event in Victoria and will be a highlight in what is the busiest major events calendar of any state this year.

    "Major events provide an economic benefit to Victoria of over $1 billion per year, and create opportunities for people to see the best international sport, art and entertainment," he said.

    "To capitalise on our success as the events capital of Australia the Bracks Government allocated an extra $52.2 million over four years in the recent budget to maintain and build Victoria’s major events calendar."

    Much has changed in the world of MotoGP since the world’s greatest two-wheeled race returned to the Island in 1997.

    Back then, Valentino Rossi - a little known 18-year old from the northern Italian city of Urbino – became the 125cc World Champion.

    In the same year, Australia’s legendary Mick Doohan won the fourth of his five consecutive MotoGP World Championships.

    The 2006 season is shaping up to be among the most exciting in recent memory. The racing has been close with only two race wins separating the top five riders of Hayden, Pedrosa, Capirossi, Rossi and Melandri.

    With two Aussies also competing in the premier class of motorcycling, this year looks set to be one of the most electrifying for Australian fans since Doohan and Gardner last went head-to-head in the early 90s.

    In his maiden MotoGP season, 20 year-old Casey Stoner from the NSW Hunter town of Kurri-Kurri is showing plenty of promise. His compatriot, 23 year-old Chris Vermeulen from Yandina on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is also making waves.

    Stoner has had six top six finishes from eight starts, including pole position at the Qatar Grand Prix and a nail-biting performance in Turkey, where he was pipped on the line, just 0.2 seconds behind Italy’s Marco Melandri.

    With 78 World Championship points, Stoner sits sixth on the standings, proving that he’s got what it takes to match it with the world’s best.

    Vermeulen, meanwhile, has also done his country proud, securing four top-ten finishes and pole position in the Turkish Grand Prix. He sits 14th on the standings with 37 points to his name.

    Many are lauding the early class shown by both riders as the dawning of a new golden era in Australian motor sport.

    Don’t miss out on your chance to witness what is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested Australian Motorcycle Grands Prix in history.

    The Phillip Island circuit is blessed with breathtaking scenery and beautiful ocean views and, as one of the fastest, most fluid tracks on the calendar, it continues to provide some of the most spectacular racing in the MotoGP season.

    Over three fast and furious days, the world’s finest will battle it out in a test of talent, bravery and skill.

    Tickets start from just $35 or $70 for a family. For bookings, call Ticketmaster on 131 641.

    Bookings can also be made from the new-look Australian Grand Prix Corporation website, which was launched today. Visit www.grandprix.com.au for more information.

    The 2006 GMC Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
    Phillip Island
    15 – 17 September