Without our Volunteer Officials valuable contribution the Superbike World Championship would not have the reputation of a world-class event!
Officials provide vital assistance to the competitors over the entire weekend through a variety of roles including Race Organisation, Track Marshals, Medical, Fire & Rescue, Recovery and more. Officials have a responsibility for ensuring the safety of competitors and spectators during events.
Do you want to begin your career as a Motorsport Volunteer Official? Then come and join our team of volunteer officials. Whether you have motorsport experience or not, new officials are always welcome to apply. New officials are trained and supported by other experienced officials within their assigned team and will develop friendships that will last a life-time!
Volunteer official registrations for the 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, Yamaha Finance round – Phillip Island will be opening soon.
Please contact Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on 03 5952 2710 for more information.
Volunteer Officials for the event are divided up into different teams, all with an important role. The name of each team is used when instructions are being issued prior to and during the event. Please refer below for information on the different teams and their important role for events.
TEAM 1 – RACE ADMINISTRATION
Covers the Secretary of the Meeting’s assistants, and other specifically involved in the administration of the racing and the race organisation.
TEAM 2 – SENIOR OFFICIALS
Most of the senior officials: those working from Race Control, those in direct contact with Race Control, and the Chiefs of most of the specialist teams. Assistant Chiefs are usually listed in the teams of their specific activity. These positions generally require prior experience trackside or at previous motorcycle events.
TEAM 3 – RACE CONTROL STAFF
Communicators and assistants working in Race Control. These positions generally require prior experience trackside or at previous motorcycle events.
TEAM 4 – SECTOR LEADERS
Senior trackside officials, one being in charge of each Sector of the track. Previous trackside experience required.
TEAM 5 – RADIO FLAG MARSHALS
Officials appointed to each Track/Flag Post around the circuit to give flag signals to the riders while they are on the track, and to use the radios linking all Flag Posts with Race Control. Previous trackside experience required.
TEAM 7 – TRACK MARSHALS
General Marshals around the circuit, based at Marshal Control Posts. Their duties include assisting the Fire & Medical personnel, clearing the track and assisting the Recovery crews. The Track Marshals are expected to check the track thoroughly between each session to remove debris which could cause a hazard to the next competitors using the track.
TEAM 8 – PIT LANE AND GRID
Marshals who set up the starting grid before each race, and control vehicles and people in Pit Lane during events. They also control the Pit Exit, acting under direction from Race Control. This team includes the Tyre Checkers, who work from each garage during events to ensure that only the approved tyres are used.
TEAM 9 – SCRUTINEERING
Scrutineers who check all motorcycles for compliance with the rules at the beginning of the Meeting (and at other times if required), examine any motorcycles involved in accidents prior to being permitted to return to the track, and conduct tyre checks on the GP bikes. Scrutineers work from the Support Paddock, Scrutineering Bay and Pit Lane as appropriate.
TEAM 10 – FIRE MARSHALS
Trained Fire Marshals with regular Motor Sport experience. Some are allocated to maintain a protective cover on Pit Lane, and others are on the Fire Units, strategically placed to respond around the circuit.
TEAM 11 – RECOVERY
Trailer teams and their assistants, whose job it is to recover damaged and un-rideable bikes from around the circuit, and return them to the Paddock, or Scrutiny Bay as appropriate.
TEAM 12 – TIMING
Timekeepers working from the timing tower below Race Control, overlooking the Start/Finish line. Their task is to record the time taken for every lap of every competitor during all qualifying sessions and races, and to produce the printed results of each race.
TEAM 13 – PADDOCK MARSHALS
Team controlling the Paddock areas and the access gates out to the restricted areas. They play a major role in aiding the competitors to get from to their paddock garages to the marshalling areas and back.
TEAM 14 – BOUNDARY RIDERS
Team of Motorcycle Riders whose primary role is to return stranded riders back to the paddock area, but they are available to assist Race Control with a wide range of other duties that require mobility.
TEAM 15 – MEDICAL
Specially trained doctors, nurses and paramedical staff available to provide medical intervention. They are based; in the Intervention Vehicles, on foot in some areas, and at the Medical Centre. Each Intervention Vehicle is manned by an experienced driver, a paramedical officer, and a doctor, and is equipped with portable medical equipment.
TEAM 16 – EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES
Team that handles anything that need to be done, but which isn’t part of someone else’s job, for example, extra fencing erection on signs. This team will also assist with the sign on tasks each morning, and “happy hour” each night. Servicing the Public Address system also fit into this team responsibilities.
* Motorcycling Australia Race Marshal’s Handbook
“We have just returned from our 3 week holiday in Australia, which included one week at Phillip Island of which we marshalled World Superbike practice, testing and race days.
We would just like to say a massive thank you to all your team that made us feel most welcome during the event. It was very good to get on 3 different posts over 5 days. The way you treat your marshals is second to none (we have marshalled in the UK and Europe). We especially enjoyed the go-karting event on the Monday night and also the amount of guest riders you had at the marshal’s hut at the end of the day was fantastic, which we have never experienced in 20 years of marshalling.
Please can you pass on our greatest thanks to all your team for a fantastic time, especially Mal Percy, who invited us over after meeting at the Isle of Man TT 2 years ago.”TONY & WENDY WAKEHAMUNITED KINGDOM
“For the past five years my husband and I have been marshalling to the Grand Prix and Superbikes at Phillip Island. The circuit provides free camping, hot showers and lunch for the three days, a Saturday night barbecue and a few beers. I have just received a group photo of the marshals, a certificate and a thank-you letter from the circuit's MD, Fergus Cameron.
Having ridden for nearly 36 years, I felt it was time to give back to motorcycling. Though the days can be long, standing in either freezing temperatures or boiling sun, we have made some life-long friends, some we only see at Phillip Island, as we live in Brisbane.
Come on folks, get off your behinds and volunteer!”PRUE & MICHAEL DICKBRISBANE, QLD AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE NEWS, VOL 63 NO 20
“Hey there, my name is Tony and I’ve been a volunteer marshal with the World Superbikes at Phillip Island for many years. It’s an outstanding experience – there’s no way to get any closer to the action unless you are actually racing! I’ve met hundreds of like-minded bike nuts and made quite a few close friends over the years. I’ve even managed to get close enough to speak to some the gods of tarmac! If you love bikes, and bike racing, why not come along and give it a go – we’re always happy to include more of us in the team. I’ll be there and, along with every single other marshal, we’ll welcome you to the fabulous Phillip Island circuit, help you learn the ropes and do our best to make sure you enjoy yourself with us. I’m sure you won’t regret it!”TONY BOLINVOLUNTEER MARSHAL