The 2011 World Superbike Championship began well for Max Biaggi, the Italian taking second place in both Phillip Island races. The 39-year-old Aprilia RSV4 rider finished 4.365 seconds behind in Race 1, 1.88 seconds in Race 2 (both races won by Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa).
2011 World Superbike
The first round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship was almost a no go for Castrol Honda’s Jonathan Rea.
The Northern Irishman had to jump from his CBR1000RR during the final pre-season test at the Australian track, dislocating his left ring finger and experiencing much pain in his left wrist.
In the following report, Giorgio Barbier, Racing Director of Pirelli Moto, gives an indepth tire report from the opening round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island, Australia, that occurred this past weekend.
Pirelli is the sole tire in the 2011 World Superbike and World Supersport championships.
At the 2011 opening round of World SBK, Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) set the quickest lap ever recorded around Phillip Island on a Superbike machine when he powered his Ducati 1098R to a time of 1 minute 30.882 seconds, thus grabbing the first Superpole trophy of the year.
David Salom (Kawasaki Motocard.com) emerged as the surprise pole sitter for Sunday’s World Supersport race at Phillip Island, Australia, after practice and qualifying was turning into a battle between Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) and Broc Parkes (Kawasaki Motocard.com).
The first Superpole of the 2011 World Superbike Championship is in the history books in more ways than one. The Spaniard Carlos Checa not only set the pace for Sunday’s WSBK season opener at Phillip Island, he also broke the Australian circuit’s lap record.
On Friday, former champion Fabien Foret posted the quickest time during the World Supersport Qualifying 1 session at Phillip Island, Australia.
The Fast Frenchman had to work for it aboard the Ten Kate Honda CBR6000RR, as right until the last minute the time sheets were headed by the young Spanish rider David Salom (Kawasaki Motocard.com).