Apart from Roger Winfield's UK team again coming out overall winners at this years Phillip Island classic, the meeting was memorable for the retirement through mechanical problems of the two Irving Vincents. Usually very reliable, these retirements following on from a sensational engine blow up at a race meeting last year, would seem to indicate the engines are being pushed extremely hard, and are currently running on a ragged edge regarding reliability.
The engine blowup mentioned above can be seen via YouTube as 'Irving Vincent engine blowup', by all accounts the result of a con rod letting go - quite spectacular!
The story circulating around the paddock after the retirements, focussed on the organisers refusing the Horner brothers permission to use their own fuel, and had insisted that they use the fuel as supplied to all teams competing. It was being suggested that this change to the official supplied fuel was the reason behind the breakdowns.
Apparently smarting from a defeat by the Winfield UK team for the third year running, the Aussie's are talking about upping their rider talent for next year, by bringing Troy Bayliss and Troy Corser into their team. If the Irving Vincent's can find their former reliability, the 2018 meeting should be something special.