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Ten Aussies in for Supersport World Championship Opener at Phillip Island

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In the World Supersport (WorldSSP) class, a massive 34 riders will take part in the 2016 Motul FIM Supersport World Championship with three Australians ‰ÛÓ Aiden Wagner, Glenn Scott and Lachlan Epis ‰ÛÓ taking on the cream of 2015.

The Aussie contingent with have to deal with the likes of World champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), American Patrick Jacobsen (Honda World Supersport Team) and Frenchman Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse).

When the season kicks off at Australia's Phillip Island circuit from February 26-28, Swiss rider and former Moto2 punter Randy Krummenacher will be a new face and will ride alongside Sofuoglu, and Cluzel's sidekick will be Lorenzo Zanetti.

Wagner has joined a new MV Agusta team (GRT Racing) with Briton Gino Rea, Scott will collaborate with the experienced GEMAR Balloons -Team Lorini outfit, while teenager Epis ‰ÛÓ who will be the youngest ever full-time WorldSSP rider ‰ÛÓ is running in the Australian-sponsored Response RE Racing Kawasaki team. Epis only turned 16 on December 22, and joins WorldSSP after competing in the European 600cc superstock title.
MV Agusta, GRT Racing Team's Gin Rea will be another Brit hopeing for success.
At Phillip Island, the Aussie full-timers will be joined by local wildcards Mike Jones (Ducati) in WorldSBK, and Anthony West (Yamaha), Kane Burns (Suzuki), Mitch Levy (Yamaha) and Alex Phillis (Honda) in World SSP.

That's a total of 10 Australians ‰ÛÓ the biggest representation at Phillip Island in many years.

The WorldSSP race at Phillip Island will be held over 21 laps at 1.20pm Sunday, with qualifying Saturday.

Also competing will be Australian superbikes, Australian supersport, Australian Moto3 and a line-up of Historics, with all world and national categories on track on Sunday to make it a bumper race-day.

For tickets and information head along to www.worldsbk.com.au

Main Photo: Defending Champion Kenan Sofuoglu in testing
Aussie Mike Jones will be on the grid for the Tory Bayliss backed DesmoSport Ducati team

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