WorldSSP standings after the opening race in Australia:
Phillip Island, Australia
WorldSBK standings after the 10-lap Superpole race at Phillip Island:
The second race at Phillip Island was the grid determined by this morning's Superpole race and it took place under a sunny Australian sky.
In the opening World Supersport race, a mandatory pit-stop will be required in the race and no tyre is allowed to do more than ten laps of the sixteen lap race. Riders can pit in whenever they want in the flag-to-flag event.
World Superbike has a new race format including the ten lap sprint race to determine the first three rows of the grid for race two, the Tissot Superpole Race. The winner gets 12 points, but the race win isn't added to the record books. Pirelli have supplied a short race tyre that should last ten laps of every circuit on the calendar. As this is the first time this has been done, all bets are off on what will happen.
WorldSBK standings after the first race of the season at Phillip Island:
Press releases from the organizers and some of the teams after qualifying and the first race of the 2019 WorldSBK season at Phillip Island:
The first World Superbike race of the season in Australia may be considered a test with points, taking part over a month before first European round in Spain, but that doesn't mean it can't give us entertainment.
Superpole for World Supersport has, like World Superbike qualifying, switched to a single twenty-five minute session
Randy Krummenacher ended qualifying on top, with a lead of over three tenths of a second. Federico Caricasulo and Jules Cluzel were the only riders within four tenths of Krummenacher's quickest time, but none of the top eight riders were quicker than their times yesterday.