MA Ambassador Chris Vermeulen praises WSBK volunteers
Hundreds of the most dedicated of racing fans make the annual pilgrimage to Phillip Island, the Mecca of Australian Motorcycle Sport, travelling from all over the country to be a part of one of the greatest weekend's on the sporting calendar.
These are the people who make our Australian Round of the World Superbike Championship possible.
It is especially the volunteers, whose dedication makes them the lifeblood of major events such as the WSBK and MotoGP.
Without them we would not be able to see the world's best riders tackle our iconic Phillip Island circuit.
Often the contribution of these unsung heroes is forgotten, but Motorcycling Australia (MA) Ambassador and Kawasaki WSBK star Chris Vermeulen makes it his point to acknowledge the work volunteers do to make his home event a reality.
"Everyone from the Flaggies, to the Sector Leaders do an amazing job, because put simply, without them we have no event," Chris said.
"I make it my business to get down to the Muster Hall whenever I'm competing at the Island to just say thanks to all the people who volunteer their time so that one of the best rounds on the WSBK and MotoGP tour can happen."
With bright blue skies and world-class racing on track, Chris believes it is weekends like this that make being a part of the Phillip Island team a special experience.
"Great action on the track, clear skies and great people; it's a great way for motorcycle fans to immerse themselves in arguably the best motorsport event in Australia.
"I say if you love your Road Racing and want to get right into it, becoming a volunteer is the best way to do the lot."