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Aussie legends in Historic rematch

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Two of the toughest competitors ever to pull on a set of motorcycle race leathers will renew hostilities at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on 22-24 January when they line up in the Australian Motorcycle News International Island Classic. Multiple Australian champions Malcolm ‰Û÷Wally‰Ûª Campbell and Robbie Phillis will face off across a four-race format in the International Challenge for Forgotten Era (1973-1982) machines. Renowned for their titanic battles in the early ‰Û÷80s, Campbell and Phillis will join a capacity grid of riders from Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand. Campbell, a two-time Australian Superbike Champion (1989 and 1990), will race a four-cylinder Suzuki RG500 two-stroke grand prix motorcycle similar to the one that took the late Barry Sheene to back-to-back world 500cc GP titles in 1976 and 1977. Phillis, who won five successive Superbike crowns in the early ‰Û÷80s before Campbell halted his run, will compete aboard the same Suzuki GSX1100 Superbike that took him to the 1981 series win. The ex-Kawasaki and Suzuki factory rider, who finished third in the Superbike World Championship in 1991 and 1992, was top points scorer in the 2007 Phillip Island International Challenge, while Campbell returned the favour in the 2008 event. ‰ÛÏI rate Wally (Campbell) as the toughest and hardest rider I‰Ûªve ever raced against,‰Û

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