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Name: Rob Phillis
Date of Birth: 27/Apr/1956
Nationality: Australian

Like many others, Rob Phillis began bike racing in dirt-track and motorcross events. He crossed to road racing in 1974, was a leading A-grade road race by the late 70's, and spent a few years racing Suzuki Superbikes (winning the Australian championship six times)

In 1989 Phillis paired with Aaron Slight in an entry in the Arai 500 endurance race at Oran park which they won on a factory ZXR-7 Formula-1 machine. Phillis also won the Australian 1000cc title in 1989 riding a ZXR750 and with Slights 2nd place the pair secured factory representation for Team Kawasaki Australia in the 1990 world superbike championship.

Leaving Australia to race for Kawasaki in Europe in 1990 and as the only official Kawasaki rider entered in the world superbike championship, Phillis finished the season at 4th overall, with two wins (Manfeild and Phillip Isl) and two 2nds (both at Shah Alam)

Phillis was sole factory rider again in 1991 and finished in 3rd place overall after 8 podium finishes during the season, five 2nds (Sugo, Anderstop, Misano and Jarama) and three 3rds. He also won the 6-hour endurance race on Phillip Island that year paired up with Battistini

Won one race at Spa Francorchamps/Belgium and Jarama/Andorra in 1992 won both @ Donnington, and one @ Hockenheim/Germany, Brno/Czech and Sugo/Japan in 1993.

Although his factory contract wasnt renewed in 1993 (despite finishing 3rd overall in 1992) he went on to ride Kawasaki's for Team Kawasaki Australia in the domestic series, and for Kawasaki Germany in their national series in 1994. He rode for Swiss-based Emil Weber Kawasaki in 1996 and finally retired from top-level racing in 1998 at the ripe old age of 42.

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