Fatal Crash Cancels World SBK Superpole


2012 Phillip Island World Superbike

Superpole for the opening round of the 2012 World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island was canceled Saturday due to a fatal crash.

During the Australian Superstock 600 race, a suuport race that preceded the superpole sessions for the Australian round of World SBK, Oscar McIntyre of Queensland, Australia, crashed. He received medical attention, but was later pronounced dead at the circuit.

Australian reports say the 17-year-old Yamaha rider crashed around turn one, and his R6 continued off the track and re-entered the circuit between turns 2 and 3. Two other riders were involved in the lap-two crash, Luke Burgess and Michael Lockhart.

Motorcycle Australia reports Burgess was released from the circuit’s medical center and Lockhart remains under observation with non life-threatening injuries.

The promoter of World Superbike, Infront, says: “Tissot-Superpole today was cancelled after a fatal accident suffered by young Australian Superstock 600 rider Oscar McIntyre in a support race before the session was due to start. Infront Motor Sports and the entire SBK paddock offer their condolences to the McIntyre family and all those affected by his loss.”

Due to the cancellation of World Superbike Superpole, the qualifying sessions were combined to create the starting grid for Sunday’s WSBK season opener.

This gave Kawasaki’s Racing Team’s Tom Sykes was start on the pole following a dominating run in the second qualifying session Saturday morning. The Brit, who gave Kawasaki its first World Superbike win last season since 2006 (Nurburgring), posted a 1:31.323.

Second on the grid goes to Aprilia Racing Team’s Max Biaggi, who was 0.154 of a second behind Sykes. Taking the final two spots on the front row were the reigning World SBK Champion Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) and Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Ducati).

Heading up the second row is Effenbert/Liberty Ducati’s Sylvain Guintoli. The Frenchman will be joined by Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki), Niccolo Canepa (Red Devils Roma Ducati) and Honda World Superbike’s Jonathan Rea.

Ultimate MotorCycling offers its condolences to the McIntyre family, and everyone affected in the motorcycle-racing community.

2012 World Superbike: Phillip Island Final Qualifying Results:

1. Tom Sykes (GBR) Kawasaki 1m31.323s

2. Max Biaggi (ITA) Aprilia 1m31.477s

3. Carlos Checa (ESP) Ducati 1m31.621s

4. Jakub Smrz (CZE) Ducati 1m31.783s

5. Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) Ducati 1m31.832s

6. Leon Camier (GBR) Suzuki 1m31.904s

7. Nicola Canepa (ITA) Ducati 1m.31.953s

8. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Honda World Superbike Team 1m31.959s