WSBK: One Man Show for Race 1 at Phillip Island

02/26/2011 @ 6:27 pm, by Victoria Reid4 COMMENTS

Carlos Checa started the season-opening round of World Superbike racing at Phillip Island on pole, having dominated testing and the weekend. Reigning champion Max Biaggi started alongside him, finally bearing his #1 championship plate, having posted a qualifying time just .013s slower than Checa’s. Completing the front row were Sylvain Guintoli and Leon Haslam, both quick in the dry times from Saturday’s qualifying.

Conditions on Sunday led to some shake-ups in the order for the morning warm-up, as overnight rain dampened the track. Australian Troy Corser led those times, followed by Guintoli, Jakub Smrz, Haslam, and the injured Jonathan Rea. Chris Vermeulen was unable to race at Phillip Island after failing to pass the physical due to a slow recovery from knee surgery. To find out who dominated Phillip Island Race 1, continue reading after the jump.

Though both Biaggi and Laverty gave Checa a run for his money at the start, it was the Spaniard who led by a very comfortable margin to win Race 1 at Phillip Island. Biaggi finished second by his own comfortable margin over Haslam, with Laverty and Melandri rounding out the top five. The first three laps saw some dicing for the lead before Checa checked out, with a gap of nearly six seconds over the rest of the field at one point.

Laverty did well in his first ever WSBK race, leading at the end of the first lap and taking a close fourth from fellow WSBK rookie and teammate Melandri at the finish line. They, together with Haslam, spent much of the race scrapping over the final podium position. Corser and Fabrizio were in that mix early on, but drifted back as the race progressed. Rea had passed the Australian for fifth and was running well when he ran off the track, finishing twelfth. Neither Guintoli nor Joan Lascorz finished the race, crashing out separately and uninjured.

World Superbike Race Results from Race 1 at Phillip Island:

17Carlos ChecaAlthea Racing
21Max BiaggiAprilia Alitalia Racing Team4.365
391Leon HaslamBMW Motorrad Motorsport10.719
458Eugene LavertyYamaha WSBK Team11.266
533Marco MelandriYamaha WSBK Team11.293
684Michel FabrizioTeam Suzuki Alstare12.039
796Jakub SmrzTeam Effenbert-Liberty Racing (Ducati)20.294
866Tom SykesPaul Bird Kawasaki Racing20.742
941Noriyuki HagaPATA Racing Team Aprilia22.421
1011Troy CorserBMW Motorrad Motorsport25.822
1144Roberto RolfoTeam Pedercini Kawasaki29.27
124Jonathan ReaCastrol Honda31.059
132Leon CamierAprilia Alitalia Racing Team31.721
1486Ayrton BadoviniBMW Motorrad Italia SBK36.389
1567Bryan StaringTeam Pedercini Kawasaki36.47
16111Ruben XausCastrol Honda41.928
1752James ToselandBMW Motorrad Italia SBK55.239
1812Josh WatersYoshimuri Suzuki1’00.312
198Mark AitchisonTeam Pedercini Kawasaki1’00.316
20121Maxime BergerSupersonic Racing Team (Ducati)1’30.125
Not Classified
RET13Joan LascorzPaul Bird Kawasaki Racing9 Laps
RET3Sylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert-Liberty Racing (Ducati)16 Laps

Source: WorldSBK; Photo: Althea Racing

  • joe

    too bad theres no factory ducati team

  • patron

    I’m not sure if that comment was to be read as sarcasm, but Checa is pretty much on a factory supported machine

  • patron

    He is running electronic package upgrades and is using the same suspension as the GP boys are. Its as factory as you can get without being official

  • joe

    It was sarcasm, the lines between factory and non factory are vague though. Seems to have a great deal with the quality of the rider they can draw, as well as the equipment. Checa is no slouch though.