WSBK: Superpole at Phillip Island Cancelled After Tragedy

02/25/2012 @ 2:12 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

WSBK: Superpole at Phillip Island Cancelled After Tragedy Tom Sykes WSBK Superpole pit box 635x516

It is our displeasure to report that Saturday’s World Superbike Superpole qualifying event at Phillip Island was cancelled after a fatality occurred during the Australian Superstock 600 support race. In an incident very similar to the one that took Marco Simoncelli’s life last year, 17-year-old Oscar McIntyre collided with fellow ASTK racers Luke Burgess and Michael Lockhart on the second lap of Saturday’s support race. Though McIntyre received immediate medical attention, he succumbed to his injuries, and event organizers eventually cancelled the Superpole sessions. The last time a World Superbike sessions was cancelled was at Donington in 1998 and due to the snow.

Accordingly, this means that Sunday’s racing grid will be determined by the best lap times from the Qualifying Practice 2 session, which puts Tom Sykes at the pole position, followed by Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa. Look for a strong showing from the Kawasaki contingency on Sunday, but the smart bets are still on the Aprilia of Biaggi and the Ducati of  Checa, which have been consistently fast all week. Get excited race fans, the first race of the 2012 World Superbike Championship is about to be underway.

QP2 Results from World Superbike at Phillip Island, Australia:

Pos.No.RiderTeamTimeDiff.
166T. SYKESKawasaki ZX-10R1’31.323 -
23M. BIAGGIAprilia RSV4 Factory1’31.4770.154
37C. CHECADucati 1098R1’31.6210.298
496J. SMRZDucati 1098R1’31.7830.460
550S. GUINTOLIDucati 1098R1’31.8320.509
62L. CAMIERSuzuki GSX-R10001’31.9040.581
759N. CANEPADucati 1098R1’31.9530.630
865J. REAHonda CBR1000RR1’31.9590.636
9121M. BERGERDucati 1098R1’31.9660.643
1084M. FABRIZIOBMW S1000 RR1’32.0680.745
1158E. LAVERTYAprilia RSV4 Factory1’32.0690.746
1291L. HASLAMBMW S1000 RR1’32.0820.759
1333M. MELANDRIBMW S1000 RR1’32.1230.800
1434D. GIUGLIANODucati 1098R1’32.1980.875
1519C. DAVIESAprilia RSV4 Factory1’32.3381.015
1617J. LASCORZKawasaki ZX-10R1’32.4111.088
174H. AOYAMAHonda CBR1000RR1’32.5761.253
1867B. STARINGKawasaki ZX-10R1’32.6131.290
1944D. SALOMKawasaki ZX-10R1’32.6401.317
2086A. BADOVINIBMW S1000 RR1’32.7031.380
2187L. ZANETTIDucati 1098R1’32.7821.459
2225J. BROOKESSuzuki GSX-R10001’33.3842.061
2318M. AITCHISONBMW S1000 RR1’33.3962.073
2435R. DE ROSAHonda CBR1000RR1’33.4012.078
2520D. JOHNSONBMW S1000 RR1’33.8162.493

Source: WSBK

Comment:

  1. Keith says:

    looking forward to watching tomorrow on SPEED…late and not live. Which is a pity iirc wsbk, motogp and ama are what they started with.

  2. Will says:

    Wasnt a wsbk race at Philip Island canceled in 2000 due to torrential rain? RIP Oscar. At least he died doing what he loved

  3. CLB says:

    All the best to you… You are gone, but all the best and God’s Peace to your family who now lives without you. RIP!

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  5. Westward says:

    At the Age of 17, no matter how one dies or whether he loved it, seems irrelevant… At that age, no one expects to die, and for an activity that that seems like everyone is doing it, no one ever expects it to happen…

    Out of respect, I can wait a week.

    I know it will cost WBSK more money, but then maybe it will put the focus more on actual prevention of such an incident. I know this may not apply to this situation, but I for one think the grid should not have more than 20 pilots.

    Even in MotoGP, I’m OK with there being only 17 bikes on the track. I get why Bradl is there, he is a champion, I get why Barbara is there, He could easily have been one too if not for the the people that did win.

    But when you have people that are there who have never been in real contention for a championship, then that simply pollutes the integrity of the talent, and the overall sport as well…

  6. To Westward,
    I have to say you have some good points as far as the number of riders who should be on the grid. I however must disagree with you all together when you mention who these field of riders should consist of. Just because a rider is not as popular as others, and maybe because you never heard of them does not mean they do not have the talent to be on the grid. This sport is very unforgiving, you go down , you can die, we all know this. At the speed of this sport a split second can and can’t mean life and death. AGAIN a split second can and can’t mean a Championship. Oscar McIntyre obviously had the talent to be a Champion in the series he was in or he would not be there, He didn’t buy or find his license, He EARNED them. R. I. P. Oscar , Just my own opinion, I mean no body any disrespect.
    Mike Morton

  7. Smitch says:

    Oscar’s death will not share the strangle hold on the news that Marco’s did. He was no less of a person than Marco, just less famous. I for one thought the endless coverage of Marco’s death was a bit much.

  8. Westward says:

    @MIKE MORTON

    Never said anything about a persons popularity. I only mentioned talent. Example, Alex De Angelis has more talent than Karel Abraham, yet Abrahams is in Moto1, not because he is better, but because he can afford it.
    Put Abrahams on a factory Honda, I bet De Angelis, Barbara, and Edwards still beat him on Satellite Hondas…

    I know nothing about McIntyre, I think he is an Australian, and the race was at Philip Island. I am also not very well versed in my SuperStock600 knowledge. But, I do know that countries like to pad the grid with their countrymen at home circuits.

    As for popularity, pilots become so, based on a display of talent recognized by the audience. Hence the reason you may have heard of Marquez or Maverick Vinales…

    Again, I can’t comment on McIntyre qualifications or talent, for the same reason I can’t comment on anything regarding AMA. I just am not aware of either…

    All I can say, is that he was taken way too soon, just like Simoncelli…

  9. To Westward:
    My Bad , I took it wrong ,I thought you were saying the man didn’t have enough talent to even be out there, and Like I was saying ,no disrespect meant to anybody .

  10. Gritboy says:

    Very sad. :(