World Superbike Phillip Island Race 1 Results

03/03/2009 @ 4:32 am, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on World Superbike Phillip Island Race 1 Results

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The first stop of the World Superbike tour occurred this past Sunday, and the results are in. This season marks the return of Aprilia to WSBK racing, and welcomed newcomer BMW to the paddock as well. With seven manufacturers on the grid, racing was expected to be heated, close, and exciting, and Phillip Island delivered. Click ahead for spoilers and a full breakdown of Race 1 at Phillip Island.

 

Making a jump off the line in the 13th position, Nori Haga won Race 1 by 32/1000ths of a second in a last-lap battle to the finish line. Following him was Max Neukirchner, who started just behind Haga in 14th.

Our very own Ben Spies, who won the Superpole, showed his rookie status in WSBK. Spies was muscled off the track in the second turn of the race, and had to rejoin the race after falling to last position. He finished 16th overall, and left a lot of spectators wondering what could have been achieved had he stayed on the asphalt.

Team Alstare Suzuki with Max Neukirchner fought their way into second place behind Haga by lap 6, and the pair quickly pulled away from the pack by lap 7. Teammate Yukio Kagayama, starting from 11th, got the better of the scrap for third against Jonny Rea, Regis Laconi, Michel Fabrizio and Leon Haslam.

Haga spent ten laps tailgating Neukirchner by using the Ducati’s superior traction control to stay within an arm’s length of the Suzuki, showing Max his front wheel at nearly every corner and tucking into the slipstream on the straights. He finally put a move on the German, diving into the lead into turn 1 at the start of lap 17, setting up an epic fight for the last few laps.

Neukirchner, who had somewhat of a breakout season last year, gave Haga no room to breathe, sticking right on his tail as the rest of the field fell away, and gave a burst of speed onto the straight at the start of the final lap. Haga took a couple of desperate looks up the inside and outside through Honda hairpin and the Hayshed, but eventually it was a near-highside coming over the Hayshed into the turn 10 hairpin that gave Haga the chance he needed. He ducked up the inside and held the narrowest of leads through to a 0.032 second win.

Australian Troy Corser showed admirable tenacity to work his BMW into 8th place from 17th on the starting grid. He also finished with the fastest race lap, forecasting a competitive season for BMW. Biaggi and his new Aprilia slipped back at the start of the race and finished up 11th.

 

Race 1 Results from the 2009 Phillip Island World Superbikes Round:

Pos.No.RiderCountryBikeTime/diff
141N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R34’22.631
276M. NeukirchnerGERSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K90.032
371Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K95.347
484M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R6.587
565J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR8.491
691L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR8.523
755R. LaconiFRADucati 1098 RS 098.766
811T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR11.589
996J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R11.721
1066T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R111.761
113M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV412.609
127C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR19.096
1344R. RolfoITAHonda CBR1000RR24.149
1433T. HillGBRHonda CBR1000RR27.416
1556S. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV428.173
1619B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R128.235
1724B. RobertsAUSDucati 1098R37.348
18100M. TamadaJPNKawasaki ZX 10R37.401
19111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR42.614
2099L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R1’03.794
2125D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R 
RET15M. BaioccoITAKawasaki ZX 10R 
RET23B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R 
RET77V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR 
RET67S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R 
RET31K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 
RET9R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR

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