This year we have opted to do the Ducati marquee thing to support Troy's return and I am counting the sleep's - very excited. But today I received notification that there will be no grandstands at the Island this year. It will affect all the Corporate hospitality suites down the Straight and also the Gardner Straight grandstand. Unfortunately every year the grandstand count diminishes. I fondly remember stands at Southern, Bass Strait, Siberia and Lukey (I have sat in them all over the years), but this year zilch, zero! This year we get bleachers! Oh yeah! hard planks with no back support - should be fun and it doesn't appear that they will be as high as grandstands - therefore limited view. The reason for all this is the Commonwealth Games, they can't spare the grandstands. So, flame me if you like, but a WORLD event isn't that important apparently, especially if it involves motorcycles. Oh and the other thing you should know is the bleachers won't cost as much to hire, we are getting a refund from Ducati. If you thought you had a grandstand seat - start enquiring!