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. Rider Team Time Diff.
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’31.323  –
2 3 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’31.477 0.154
3 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1’31.621 0.298
4 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1’31.783 0.460
5 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 1’31.832 0.509
6 2 L. CAMIER Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’31.904 0.581
7 59 N. CANEPA Ducati 1098R 1’31.953 0.630
8 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 1’31.959 0.636
9 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 1’31.966 0.643
10 84 M. FABRIZIO BMW S1000 RR 1’32.068 0.745
11 58 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’32.069 0.746
12 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 1’32.082 0.759
13 33 M. MELANDRI BMW S1000 RR 1’32.123 0.800
14 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1098R 1’32.198 0.875
15 19 C. DAVIES Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’32.338 1.015
16 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’32.411 1.088
17 4 H. AOYAMA Honda CBR1000RR 1’32.576 1.253
18 67 B. STARING Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’32.613 1.290
19 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’32.640 1.317
20 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1’32.703 1.380
21 87 L. ZANETTI Ducati 1098R 1’32.782 1.459
22 25 J. BROOKES Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’33.384 2.061
23 18 M. AITCHISON BMW S1000 RR 1’33.396 2.073
24 35 R. DE ROSA Honda CBR1000RR 1’33.401 2.078
25 20 D. JOHNSON BMW S1000 RR 1’33.816 2.493

Source: WSBK

  • Keith

    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.

  • Will

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

  • Godspeed. *sigh*

  • CLB

    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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  • Westward

    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…

  • 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

  • Smitch

    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.

  • Westward


    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…

  • 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 .

  • Gritboy

    Very sad. :(