Feb 24, 2013
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by David Swarts
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World Superbike Race One winner Sylvain Guintoli (center), runner-up Eugene Laverty (left) and third-place finisher Michel Fabrizio (right).
FIM Superbike World Championship
Phillip Island, Australia
February 24, 2013
Race One Results (all on Pirelli tires):
1. Sylvain GUINTOLI, France (Aprilia RSV4 Factory), 22 laps, 33:47.109
2. Eugene LAVERTY, Ireland (Aprilia RSV4 Factory), -1.352 seconds
3. Michel FABRIZIO, Italy (Aprilia RSV4 Factory), -1.359
4. Chaz DAVIES, UK (BMW S1000RR), -5.702
5. Tom SYKES, UK (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -5.753
6. Loris BAZ, France (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -6.769
7. Leon HASLAM, UK (Honda CBR1000RR), -6.830
8. Jonathan REA, UK (Honda CBR1000RR), -17.944
9. Leon CAMIER, UK (Suzuki GSX-R1000), -19.152
10. Max NEUKIRCHNER, Germany (Ducati Panigale 1199R), -26.557
11. Jules CLUZEL, France (Suzuki GSX-R1000), -30.305
12. Ivan CLEMENTI, Italy (BMW S1000RR), -30.411
13. Alexander LUNDH, Sweden (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -45.185
14. Glenn ALLERTON, Australia (BMW S1000RR), -48.632
15. Jamie STAUFFER, Australia (Honda CBR1000RR), -53.453
16. Federico SANDI, Italy (Kawasaki ZX-10R), -82.730, ran off track twice
17. Vittorio IANNUZZO, Italy (BMW S1000RR), -4 laps, pitted
18. Carlos CHECA, Spain (Ducati Panigale 1199R), -10 laps, DNF, crash
19. Marco MELANDRI, Italy (BMW S1000RR), -10 laps, DNF, crash
20. Davide GIUGLIANO, Italy (Aprilia RSV4 Factory), -20 laps, DNF, mechanical
More, from a press release issued by World Superbike Press Office:
FLASH - Aprilia monopolise the podium with Guintoli on top
Phillip Island (Australia), Sunday 24 February 2013 â€“ Aprilia gets 1-2-3 at Phillip Island World Superbike Race 1. Itâ€™s the second time that the manufacturer from Noale monopolise the podium (first one was at Nurburgring last year) with works rider Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) taking his 4th win of the career in his first race onboard the RSV4, ahead of team mate Eugene Laverty.
The race started with Eugene Laverty moving off well from second position, trying to run away from his opponents. The Irishman was able to keep the gap between himself and the rest of the field until he was caught up by Guintoli, who overtook Laverty on lap 15 and led the race until the chequered flag.
Later in the race Laverty had to deal with a confident Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma Aprilia), who closed the gap and had a shot at 2nd place. Laverty waited until the last lap to make the perfect move on the Italian at â€œLukey Heightsâ€. Right outside of top-3 is Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team) who battled hard with fellow Englishman Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) up to the finish line, to end up ahead of his rival for just 0.016 seconds, with team mate Loris Baz to follow.
After a competitive first part of the race, Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) struggled a bit to keep the pace and eventually finished 7th ahead of team mate Jonathan Rea. Two potential contenders for the podium positions got out of the race during lap 13, as Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare), accidentally hit Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team) from behind after outbraking himself, while entering Turn 4.
Results race 1: 1. Guintoli (Aprilia) 22 Laps/97.790 km in 33'47.109 average 173.668 kph; 2. Laverty (Aprilia) 1.352; 3. Fabrizio (Aprilia) 1.359; 4. Davies (BMW) 5.702; 5. Sykes (Kawasaki) 5.753; 6. Baz (Kawasaki) 6.769; 7. Haslam (Honda) 6.830; 8. Rea (Honda) 17.944; 9. Camier (Suzuki) 19.152; 10. Neukirchner (Ducati) 26.557; 11. Cluzel (Suzuki) 30.305; 12. Clementi (BMW) 30.411; 13. Lundh (Kawasaki) 45.185; 14. Allerton (BMW) 48.632; 15. Stauffer (Honda) 53.453; etc.