Phillip Island set for 2016 SBK opener

The 2016 World Superbike Championship will once again kick off at Phillip Island after promoters confirmed the date for the event.

The Australian circuit has hosted the SBK season opener since 2009 and organisers have pencilled in the weekend of 26-28 February for the first race of 2016.

This year's event at Phillip Island also marked 25 years of Superbike races at the track and the first race was won by Kawasaki Racing's Jonathan Rea while Leon Haslam from the Aprilia Racing Team won the second race.

The sport's commercial rights holder Dorna is yet to confirm the schedule for next season. This year's calendar includes only 13 races after the Russian round was cancelled in February.

Dorna had similar problems last year when the South African round was scrapped as the Phakisa Freeway in Welkom didn't meet the FIM homologation requirements.