WSBK Round 1 - Phillip Island

Posted: 26 Feb 2012

The 2012 Superbike World Championship kicked off today at Phillip Island, Australia, and it was factory Aprilia rider Max Biaggi who claimed victory in the opening 22-lap race.

The 2010 World Champion enjoyed a comfortable win – his nearest rival Marco Melandri was more than seven seconds behind at the chequered flag. Sylvain Guintoli completed the rostrum in third.

Meanwhile, reigning World Champion Carlos Checa will be disappointed with his performance in the opening race – he endured a high-side crash during the early laps, while he was leading the field.

1. Max Biaggi 22 laps
2. Marco Melandri +7.104s
3. Sylvain Guintoli +7.378s
4. Tom Sykes +12.189s
5. Jakub Smrz +16.424s
6. Michel Fabrizio +20.200s
7. Jonathan Rea +20.223s
8. Hiroshi Aoyama +24.108s
9. Davide Giugliano +28.072s
10. Bryan Staring +34.232s

Race 2: Checa bounces back

Following a disappointing performance in race one, World Champion Carlos Checa has clinched the second race at the opening round of the Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island. The Spaniard dominated the 22-lap race, finishing 5.7s ahead of second place man, and race one winner, Max Biaggi.

Despite running off the track at the first corner and placing 21 after the first lap, Italian Biaggi battled his way up through the pack to finish an impressive second and secure his place at the top of the overall championship leader board with 45 points.

British rider Tom Sykes completed the remaining stop of the podium.

1. Carlos Checa +22 laps
2. Max Biaggi +5.707s
3. Tom Sykes +12.521s
4. Jonathan Rea +12.655s
5. Leon Haslam +18.179s
6. Marco Melandri +18.831s
7. Maxime Berger +18.939s
8. Eugene Laverty +19.478s
9. Hiroshi Aoyama +19.554s
10. Niccolo Canepa +26.289s