WSBK: Race Results for Race 1 at Phillip Island

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Despite a tragic beginning to the first race of the season, World Superbike racing returned to our lives today with the season-opener at Phillip Island. With cloudy skies and strong winds, Tom Sykes and the factory Kawasaki WSBK team took their place on the starting line at the pole position. Showing a marked improvement over last year’s measure, Kawasaki would still have to contend with the Ducati of Carlos Checa, the Aprilia of Max Biaggi, and the ever improving Honda of Johnny Rea.

Taking the early lead, Sykes had a promising first few laps as he lead Checa and Biaggi around the course. He would eventually succumb to the pace of the other riders though, as Checa, and then Biaggi, passed him by. Like Sykes, Checa’s lead would be cut short, as the Spaniard high-sided coming onto the front straight. Taking the lead from that mistake, Biaggi walked away from the rest of the field for the race victory, leaving Skyes Guintoli, Melandri, and Smrz to have a great battle for second.

Race Results from World Superbike Race 1 at Phillip Island, Australia:

Pos. No. Rider Country Bike Diff.
1 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory  –
2 33 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW S1000 RR 7.104
3 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Ducati 1098R 7.378
4 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki ZX-10R 12.189
5 96 J. SMRZ CZE Ducati 1098R 16.424
6 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA BMW S1000 RR 20.200
7 65 J. REA GBR Honda CBR1000RR 20.223
8 4 H. AOYAMA JPN Honda CBR1000RR 24.108
9 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Ducati 1098R 28.072
10 67 B. STARING AUS Kawasaki ZX-10R 34.232
11 87 L. ZANETTI ITA Ducati 1098R 34.450
12 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW S1000 RR 35.648
13 121 M. BERGER FRA Ducati 1098R 36.392
14 44 D. SALOM ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R 41.500
15 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R 42.086
16 25 J. BROOKES AUS Suzuki GSX-R1000 42.605
17 2 L. CAMIER GBR Suzuki GSX-R1000 43.366
18 18 M. AITCHISON AUS BMW S1000 RR 45.225
19 20 D. JOHNSON AUS BMW S1000 RR 1’08.782
20 59 N. CANEPA ITA Ducati 1098R 1’10.440
RET 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia RSV4 Factory 3 Laps
RET 7 C. CHECA ESP Ducati 1098R 17 Laps

Source: WSBK

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