World Superbike Phillip Island Results 2013

February 23, 2013
Byron Wilson
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The first round of the 2013 World Superbike season at Phillip Island was a triumph for Aprilia. Aprilia Racing team riders Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty took wins in Race 1 and 2, respectively, and satellite rider Michel Fabrizio of Red Devils Roma made the podium in the first contest, while in the second, he was well within striking distance of another third-place. After all was said and done, the Italian marque left Phillip Island with the top three spots in the overall points battle as well as the promise of another remarkable season.

Race 1

The RSV4 dominated Race 1 at Phillip Island, with newcomer to the Aprilia Racing Team, Guintoli, taking the win ahead of teammate, Laverty. Fabrizio was in a tit-for-tat battle with Laverty up to the final lap, but fell short of the factory rider just before the checkers.

“It’s great to start off with a win,” said Guintoli. “Quite honestly, after the tests I know I could do well and from the start my intention was to give it my all. My goal has always been to win, but sometimes you have to adapt to conditions. However, today the setting was good, I didn’t have any serious concerns about tire duration and everything went according to plan. In the first race I didn’t get off to a good start and I lost a few positions, but lap by lap I found the right pace to move forward. Eugene had gotten away well and when I overtook him I managed to keep the distance and take this important win.”

Laverty was in prime form early in the race, leading the first 14 laps of competition and remaining out of the tumultuous field jostling for position behind. Kawasaki Racing’s Tom Sykes held steady in second for the opening laps, then lost position as Pata Honda’s Leon Haslam and Team Ducati Alstare’s Carlos Checa moved past, displacing the British rider to fourth. Haslam and Checa then went back and forth in a fight for the runner-up spot until mid-race when Guintoli, who finished Lap 1 in sixth-place, pushed past Checa for second. Soon after Checa went down while running in third after trying to make a pass on BMW Motorrad GoldBet’s Marco Melandri, who was in fourth. The Spaniard accidentally clipped the S1000RR’s rear tire, taking out Melandri in the process. Checa sustained a concussion and was taken to the medical center where he regained speech soon after, but he had no memory of the incident. He was transferred to a hospital in Melbourne for additional tests and is expected to recover fully.

Checa and Melandri’s misfortune was a boon to Fabrizio, giving him room to move from sixth to fourth. The following lap, he moved into third-place and proceeded to challenge for second to the finish. Fabrizio put in a remarkable performance, moving from 11th-place through the opening laps to score the rostrum.

Melandri’s teammate, Chaz Davies, finished the day in fourth ahead of Sykes in fifth and Sykes’ teammate, Loris Baz, in sixth. Haslam fell back to seventh by the end of the race, with fellow Pata Honda rider, Jonathan Rea in eighth. FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s Leon Camier took ninth while MR-Racing’s Max Neukirchner rounded out the top-10.

World Superbike Phillip Island Race 1 Results 2013:
1. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
2. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
3. Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia)
4. Chaz Davies (BMW)
5. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
6. Loris Baz (Kawasaki)
7. Leon Haslam (Honda)
8. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
9. Leon Camier (Suzuki)
10. Max Neukirchner (Ducati)
11. Jules Cluzel (Suzuki)
12. Ivan Clementi (BMW)
13. Alexander Lundh (Kawasaki)
14. Glen Allerton (BMW)
15. Jamie Stauffer (Honda)
16. Federico Sandi (Kawasaki)
17. Vittorio Iannuzzo (BMW)

Race 2

Laverty came out on top in Race 2 at Phillip Island, taking the lead from his teammate, Guintoli, in the last laps of the contest. Melandri made up for his disappointing showing in Race 1 by rounding out the podium in Race 2.

“At the end, (of Race 2) when it was Sylvain, Melandri and me, I tried and was able to get away, shaving a few more tenths off my pace,” said Laverty. “The track record two laps from the finish was nice confirmation that we turned up to the races in the best possible conditions. Forty-five points after the first race are some nice spoils. I’ve never started a season this well and now we’ll be thinking about Aragon and how to stay on this path.”

Guintoli led for 16 of the 22 laps after taking the front from Laverty early in the race, but the Irish rider never gave his teammate much room, remaining on his rear tire until making the move to the front. Melandri was in the mix as well and even made it into second for a brief period, but Laverty was quick to retaliate. Fabrizio finished in fourth while Sykes was able to claim fifth. Althea Racing’s Davide Giugliano took sixth and was followed by Superbike rookie Jules Cluzel of FIXI Crescent Suzuki in seventh.

Baz crashed early in the race and eventually retired from competition, Davies went down too but remained in the mix only to finish in 17th. Checa did not line up for Race 2 following his crash in the previous event.

Laverty sits atop the overall leaderboard, though Guintoli is mathematically tied for the lead in second. Fabrizio is third followed by Sykes in fourth while Melandri sits in fifth.

World Superbike Phillip Island Race 2 Results:
1. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
3. Marco Melandri (BMW)
4. Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia)
5. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
6. Davide Giugliano (Aprilia)
7. Jules Cluzel (Suzuki)
8. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
9. Leon Camier (Suzuki)
10. Leon Haslam (Honda)
11. Max Neukirchner (Ducati)
12. Glen Allerton (BMW)
13. Jamie Stauffer (Honda)
14. Federico Sandi (Kawasaki)
15. Alexander Lundh (Kawasaki)
16. Vittorio Iannuzzo (BMW)
17. Chaz Davies (BMW)

2013 World Superbike Championship Points:
1. Eugene Laverty, 45
2. Sylvain Guintoli, 45
3. Michel Fabrizio, 29
4. Tom Sykes, 22
5. Marco Melandri, 16
6. Jonathan Rea, 16
7. Leon Haslam, 15
8. Jules Cluzel, 14
9. Leon Camier, 14
10. Chaz Davies, 13

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