WSBK race results rock Phillip Island

Phillip Island, Sunday 28 February 2010

Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) and Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) took a win apiece at Phillip Island in what was a sensational start to the 2010 WSBK season in Australia. In dry conditions, in front of 65,500 fans, the action was intense in each 22-lap race, with the leading three riders within 0.769 seconds of each other in race one and the leading four within 0.837 seconds in race two.

Giorgio Barbier Speaks… Racing Director, Pirelli Moto from SBK Phillip Island

"Pirelli’s opening race weekend saw spectacular racing with new faces on all accounts, starting from a Superpole led by Haslam, Fabrizio and Crutchlow on three different machines. Race 1 finished 7 seconds faster than previous year, a race so close between Suzuki and Ducati that it demanded a photo finish. New to Superbike, Sylvain Guintoli led Race 2 for many laps and set the Pirelli Best Lap on his first race on the Suzuki."

"Race time dropped by 4 seconds over 2009, and Checa impressively took his new bike and new team Althea straight to the top of the podium. The Supersport race, 5 seconds faster as well, Laverty lead a very precise race from start to finish on his Honda from Parkalgar. It’s fantastic to see such diverse results from all the manufacturers, especially at the start of the season."

World Superbike (SBK) Race 1 Report

It took a close look at the photo finish images to split Leon Haslam from his race long rival Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox), but by only 0.004 seconds the Alstare Suzuki rider was given the win. It was the closest ever finish in the WSBK class, as Leon took his first career win in the Superbike World Championship. Fabrizio was originally awarded the victory but before the slow down lap had been completed, Haslam was confirmed as the winner. Noriyuki Haga took his Ducati Xerox machine to third, being part of the leading battle throughout.
Jonathan Rea, Max Biaggi, Sylvain Guintoli and Carlos Checa battled it out over fourth place, with Jakub Smrz, Troy Corser and Lorenzo Lanzi completing the first race top ten.

Leon Haslam Speaks..
. SBK Phillip Island

"It’s not sunk in just yet, especially as it was such a close finish and not knowing if I had won for a while. That definitely added to the anticipation. I can’t thank my team enough they have been solid since day one and to repay them with this is great. I’m a little speechless now. I changed my style towards the end and I rode as smoothly as possible. It worked, but it was close at the end."

Michel Fabrizio Speaks…
SBK Phillip Island

"I thought I had won the race. When I saw the big screen after the finish I saw my family and the crew chief celebrating, so I thought I had it."

Noriyuki Haga Speaks…
SBK Phillip Island

"I did not have any big injury after my crash in morning warm-up but some swelling in my right arm. My personal trainer made a good massage before the race and I took some painkilling injections. The race was tough and I had arm pump, so that made me make some mistakes under braking. But it was fun to race with them at the front."

World Superbike (SBK) Race 1 Results

1 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 34’13.435 (171,442 kph) A/C
2 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 0.004 A/C
3 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 0.769 A/C
4 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 10.201 C/C
5 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 10.782 A/C
6 50 Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 11.079 A/C
7 7 Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 11.208 A/B
8 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 16.522 A/C
9 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 20.291 A/C
10 57 Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 26.352 A/B
11 2 Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 29.775 A/C
12 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 30.155 A/C
13 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 31.951 C/B
14 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 31.957 A/C
15 88 Pitt A. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 55.082 C/B
16 31 Iannuzzo V. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 1’10.932 A/C

World Superbike (SBK) Race 2 Report

Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) won a thrilling race two at Phillip Island, by only 0.307 from Leon Haslam, whom he passed on the final section of the track, in convincing style. Third went to Michel Fabrizio, but a great ride from new SBK rider Sylvain Guintoli put him fourth on his Suzuki Alstare machine in only his fourth ever SBK event. Noriyuki Haga was fifth, Jonathan Rea heading up a busy and exciting midfield battle in sixth, after losing ten seconds by running wide on lap one, and then fighting through the pack. Troy Corser took his BMW to seventh in race two.

Carlos Checa Speaks… SBK Phillip Island

"The plan was to start the second race well and we chose a softer tire. We changed the bike and we improved in the braking points, so I could overtake people. When you are close to four other riders it is not easy to overtake and make it permanent but I passed in the right time and at the right places. This was one of the best races in my life, so thanks to my new team."

Leon Haslam Speaks… SBK Phillip Island

"I had a few laps behind Sylvain my team-mate and in some corners I could not stay with him given the grip he had out of the corners. But I got the lead again and it was all going to plan until Carlos managed to come along and nip up the inside to win."

Michel Fabrizio Speaks… SBK Phillip Island

"We didn’t make any changes to the bike between race one and race two. I think it would have been very difficult for me to win, but if Carlos had not been in the mix I may have been able to push in the last three or four laps. I was having some problems by that time so it was very difficult to try and win."

World Superbike (SBK) Race 2 Results

1 7 Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 34’16.428 (171,192 kph) A/C
2 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 0.307 A/C
3 84 Fabrizio M.(ITA) Ducati 1098R 0.434 A/C
4 50 Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 0.837 A/C
5 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 3.453 A/C
6 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 11.530 C/C
7 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 12.026 A/C
8 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 13.068 A/C
9 35 Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 14.401 B/B
10 52 Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 14.707 B/A
11 2 Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 14.743 A/C
12 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 14.851 A/C
13 57 Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 15.143 A/B
14 25 Brookes J. (AUS) Honda CBR1000RR 30.947 A/C
15 88 Pitt A. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 41.855 C/B
16 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 48.844 A/C

World Superbike (SBK) Championship Point Standing (after 1 Round of 13): 1. Haslam 45; 2. Fabrizio 36; 3. Checa 34; 4. Haga 27; 5. Guintoli 23; 6. Rea 23; 7. Biaggi 19; 8. Corser 16; 9. Camier 10; 10. Lanzi 9
Manufacturers Standings: 1. Ducati 45; 2. Suzuki 45; 3. Honda 23; 4. Aprilia 13; 5. Bmw 16; 6. Yamaha 7; 7. Kawasaki 3

World Supersport Race Report

Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) won the opening race of the year by 4.359 seconds with a masterful display of front running, heading up the official Kawasaki of pole man Joan Lascorz and the Honda of Kenan Sofuoglu.
Laverty also set the race fastest lap, 1’35.204, on lap six.

The first attempt at the race was first stopped and finally abandoned due to oil being dropped on the track, and a complete-restart was called.

The subsequent 21-lap race saw Laverty lead from the early stages again. Behind Laverty, Lascorz and Sofuoglu, Triumph rider David Salom was fourth, and the privateer Kawasaki of Fabien Foret made it onto the top five also.

World Supersport Race Results

1 50 Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 33’37.836 (166,536 kph)
2 26 Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 4.359
3 54 Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR600RR 4.500
4 25 Salom D. (ESP) Triumph Daytona 675 11.779
5 99 Foret F. (FRA) Kawasaki ZX-6R 17.266
6 55 Roccoli M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 25.034
7 127 Harms R. (DEN) Honda CBR600RR 27.834
8 40 DiSalvo J. (USA) Triumph Daytona 675 30.102

World Supersport Championship Point Standing (after 1 Round of 13): 1. Laverty 25; 2. Lascorz 20; 3. Sofuoglu 16; 4. Salom 13; 5. Foret 11; 6. Roccoli 10; 7. Harms 9; 8. Disalvo 8; 9. Praia 7; 10. Rea 6
Manufacturers Standings: 1. Honda 25; 2. Kawasaki 20; 3. Triumph 13

Official Tire Supplier | Performance Awards

SBK Race 1 – Pirelli BEST LAP
Leon Haslam (Team Suzuki Alstare)
1’32.193 (Lap 2)

SBK Race 2 – Pirelli BEST LAP
Sylvain Guintoli (Team Suzuki Alstare)
1’32.236 (Lap 3)

WSS – Pirelli BEST LAP
Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda)
1’35.204 (Lap 6)

WSBK Round 2 is at Portimao, Portugal – 26-28 March, 2010