Phillip Island, Australia

2009 WSS Phillip Island FP2 Result - Lascorz Finds His Feet

126J. LascorzESPKawasaki ZX-6R1'34.625
254K. SofuogluTURHonda CBR600RR1'35.003
335C. CrutchlowGBRYamaha YZF R61'35.143
424G. McCoyAUSTriumph Daytona 6751'35.323
51A. PittAUSHonda CBR600RR1'35.498
650E. LavertyIRLHonda CBR600RR1'35.565
78M. AitchisonAUSHonda CBR600RR1'35.801
851M. PirroITAYamaha YZF R61'36.069
999F. ForetFRAYamaha YZF R61'36.070
1014M. LagriveFRAHonda CBR600RR1'36.127
1121K. FujiwaraJPNKawasaki ZX-6R1'36.322
1213A. WestAUSHonda CBR600RR1'36.332
1377B. VenemanNEDSuzuki GSX-R6001'36.451
14105G. VizzielloITAHonda CBR600RR1'36.516
15127R. HarmsDENHonda CBR600RR1'36.582
16117M. PraiaPORHonda CBR600RR1'36.685
1755M. RoccoliITAHonda CBR600RR1'36.819
1819P. SzkopekPOLTriumph Daytona 6751'36.884
1969G. NannelliITATriumph Daytona 6751'36.981
2083R. HollandAUSHonda CBR600RR1'37.152
2130J. GuntherGERHonda CBR600RR1'37.207
2232F. LaiITAHonda CBR600RR1'37.327
2396M. SmrzCZETriumph Daytona 6751'37.329
247P. VostarekCZEHonda CBR600RR1'37.471
255T. PraditaINAYamaha YZF R61'37.723
269D. Dell'OmoITAHonda CBR600RR1'37.767
2728A. VosNEDHonda CBR600RR1'38.656
2871J. MorillasESPYamaha YZF R61'38.696
2978S. GeronimiAUSSuzuki GSX-R6001'39.627
3088Y. GuerraESPYamaha YZF R61'39.865


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2009 WSBK Phillip Island QP1 Result - Kuba Libre!

Czech rider Jakub Smrz took the first provisional pole of 2009 at Phillip Island today, after firing in a last-second fast lap to trounce the opposition. In hot conditions, Smrz put his Guandalini Ducati ahead of the factory Xerox Ducati of Noriyuki Haga. Briton Leon Haslam was third fastest, after setting a time that looked quick enough to clinch pole with just a couple of minutes to go. Behind Haslam's Honda followed the Suzukis of Max Neukirchner and Yukio Kagayama, all within a few hundredths of Haslam. 

Shinya Nakano was first of the Aprilias in 6th place, while Ben Spies, who had led the cooler morning session, slipped to 8th place, losing over a tenth of a second in the afternoon. Troy Corser was fastest of the BMW men, taking 16th spot, while Makoto Tamada was the quickest Kawasaki, way down in 18th, and just ahead of his team mate Broc Parkes, and the other BMW of Ruben Xaus. Practice continues tomorrow. 

World Superbike QP1 Results

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2009 WSS Phillip Island QP1 Result - Local Boy Strikes Back

The Ten Kate dominance continues in the World Supersport class, with Andrew Pitt taking provisional pole in this afternoon's session. Team mate Kenan Sofuoglu was fastest in the morning session, but was pipped by 6/100ths in the afternoon. The Yamaha riders also saw their order reversed between morning and afternoon. Rookie Cal Crutchlow had been fastest Yamaha during free practice, but the Briton saw his French team mate Fabien Foret leapfrog ahead of him up to third place. BE1 Triumph's Garry McCoy remained on the front row, fourth fastest in both morning and afternoon session.

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2009 WSBK Phillip Island FP1 Results - Spies Off To A Flying Start

119B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R11'32.752 
276M. NeukirchnerGERSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91'32.8130.061
391L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR1'33.0150.263
471Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91'33.0770.325
555R. LaconiFRADucati 1098 RS 091'33.1400.388
641N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R1'33.2390.487
756S. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV41'33.2800.528
884M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R1'33.3710.619
944R. RolfoITAHonda CBR1000RR1'33.4330.681
1023B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R1'33.4960.744
119R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR1'33.5080.756
1265J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR1'33.6950.943
1366T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R11'33.7470.995
14100M. TamadaJPNKawasaki ZX 10R1'33.8351.083
1533T. HillGBRHonda CBR1000RR1'33.8451.093
1696J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R1'33.9011.149
173M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV41'33.9091.157
1867S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R1'33.9911.239
197C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR1'34.0121.260
2011T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR1'34.2011.449
21111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR1'34.7802.028
2225D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R1'35.8513.099
2324B. RobertsAUSDucati 1098R1'36.2223.470
2499L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R1'36.7624.010
2531K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91'36.8534.101
2677V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR1'37.7164.964
2715M. BaioccoITAKawasaki ZX 10R1'37.8665.114
2886A. BadoviniITAKawasaki ZX 10R1'38.6765.924


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2009 World Supersport Phillip Island FP1 - Sofuoglu Leads First Racing Session Of 2009

154K. SofuogluTURHonda CBR600RR1'35.482
235C. CrutchlowGBRYamaha YZF R61'35.652
38M. AitchisonAUSHonda CBR600RR1'35.758
424G. McCoyAUSTriumph Daytona 6751'35.804
51A. PittAUSHonda CBR600RR1'35.867
699F. ForetFRAYamaha YZF R61'35.893
726J. LascorzESPKawasaki ZX-6R1'35.965
813A. WestAUSHonda CBR600RR1'36.056
914M. LagriveFRAHonda CBR600RR1'36.061
1077B. VenemanNEDSuzuki GSX-R6001'36.182
1150E. LavertyIRLHonda CBR600RR1'36.547
1296M. SmrzCZETriumph Daytona 6751'36.650
1321K. FujiwaraJPNKawasaki ZX-6R1'36.722
14127R. HarmsDENHonda CBR600RR1'36.735
1569G. NannelliITATriumph Daytona 6751'36.827
16117M. PraiaPORHonda CBR600RR1'36.936
1751M. PirroITAYamaha YZF R61'36.955
1855M. RoccoliITAHonda CBR600RR1'36.957
1919P. SzkopekPOLTriumph Daytona 6751'37.071
20105G. VizzielloITAHonda CBR600RR1'37.225
215T. PraditaINAYamaha YZF R61'37.853
2230J. GuntherGERHonda CBR600RR1'37.989
237P. VostarekCZEHonda CBR600RR1'38.470
249D. Dell'OmoITAHonda CBR600RR1'38.508
2583R. HollandAUSHonda CBR600RR1'38.957
2632F. LaiITAHonda CBR600RR1'39.664
2728A. VosNEDHonda CBR600RR1'40.712
2871J. MorillasESPYamaha YZF R61'40.771
2978S. GeronimiAUSSuzuki GSX-R6001'41.257
3088Y. GuerraESPYamaha YZF R61'42.086

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2009 World Superbike Season Preview

After MotoGP went four stroke, there was never any doubt about which was the premier class of motorcycle racing. Coinciding with the flight of the Japanese manufacturers from World Superbikes, the combination of Valentino Rossi's charisma and roaring, smoking, sliding 990cc bikes solidified the series' position as the pinnacle of two-wheeled racing which would brook no competition. But as the Japanese manufacturers started to slowly creep back into World Superbikes, and MotoGP switched to an 800cc capacity, the balance of power has started to shift. 

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2009 World Superbikes Final Test - Day 2 - Ducatis Dominate Proceedings

The final test before the World Superbikes season commences wrapped up at Phillip Island today, and it was the turn of the Ducatis to take a step forward. After losing their near iconic leader Troy Bayliss to retirement last year, Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga stepped in to show that they are ready to defend Bayliss' crown in his absence. Fabrizio ended the day fastest, his 1'32.19 the fastest lap of all of the tests done here over the past couple of weeks, and well under Bayliss' winning lap time from last year's race. Team mate Haga was not far behind, just fractionally ahead of new boy Ben Spies. The American took a second off his time from yesterday, on only the second day of riding at the track. 

Yesterday's fastest man Max Neukirchner could not improve his time, and dropped to 4th on the timesheet. The day also saw more crashes, with both Britons Johnny Rea and Tom Sykes hitting the dirt, both fortunately uninjured. Yesterday's victim Carlos Checa chose to sit out today, in order to recover for the race here due to start next weekend. But the big victim on Saturday was BMW's Troy Corser. The Australian hit a seagull, not an unusual occurrence at the racetrack at the edge of the sea, but the force was such that he was advised by medical staff not to take any further part in the session. Up until that point, Corser had been making good progress on the BMW, closing the gap on the front runners. In the end, he finished the day with the 6th fastest time.

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World Superbikes Final Test - Day 1 - Neukirchner Leads Crash-Strewn Day

The final World Superbike test before the season commences in under 7 days time started today, and it was another Max topping the timesheets at Phillip Island. This time, it was German Suzuki man Max Neukirchner who was fastest, just dipping underneath the time set by Max Biaggi on the Aprilia last week. Neukirchner led the factory Ducati of Michel Fabrizio and his Suzuki team mate Yukio Kagayama, with British rider Johnny Rea coming in 4th. The Yamaha riders were both new to the Phillip Island track, and were 7/10ths off Neukirchner's pace.

But the day was marked by crashes, with Fabrizio, Nori Haga and Troy Corser all hitting the dirt. Most serious of all, though, was Ten Kate Honda's Carlos Checa, who was taken to hospital for examination after apparently losing his memory of the crash. He was later released from hospital, but his participation in testing tomorrow is in doubt.

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2009 World Superbike Final Test, Phillip Island, Day 3

Testing concluded for the penultimate time at Phillip Island, with only one more batch of riders due to test at the Australian circuit before the season commences in just over a week's time. Where Shinya Nakano had been quickest yesterday, today, it was the turn of his Aprilia team mate Max Biaggi to top the timesheets. The Roman Emperor just pipped Regis Laconi to the post, the DFX Ducati rider lapping only one hundredth of a second slower. Nakano was third fastest, ahead of an unleashed Broc Parkes on the Kawasaki. The Akashi factory may have pulled out of MotoGP, but they have stepped up support for some of the other series, posting a huge contingency in the AMA, and promising much more support in World Superbikes. By the look of Parkes' performance today, they may have got it right.

Of the World Supersport bikes, it was a former Kawasaki rider who topped the timesheets. Ant West repeated his performance from yesterday, setting the fastest lap on his Stiggy Motorsports Honda.

The next test will be this weekend, and then racing begins in earnest.

World Superbike

Pos.RiderBikeTimeTotal laps
1Max BiaggiAprilia1'32.5971
2Regis LaconiDucati1'32.6062
3Shinya NakanoAprilia1'32.7268
4Broc ParkesKawasaki1'32.9070
5Leon HaslamHonda1'33.2065
6Tommy HillHonda1'33.3055
7Roberto RolfoHonda1'33.5095
8Makoto TamadaKawasaki1'33.9080

World Supersport

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Byrne To Be Sole Sterilgarda Rider At First Two World Superbike Rounds

So  far, the global financial crisis has mainly affected MotoGP, leaving World Superbikes largely untouched. This is hardly surprising, as World Superbikes is a much cheaper series to compete in, and does not swallow money in the same way that developing the highly strung prototypes in MotoGP does.

But that does not mean that World Superbikes is immune. According to, the Sterilgarda Ducati team, in an attempt to cut costs, will only be fielding Shane Byrne at the first two rounds of the series, leaving their Italian rider, Alessandro Polita, making the step up from Superstock, at home. "I'm very sorry about the situation, which prevents us from taking Alex," team manager Marco Borciani said. "Unfortunately, business conditions have prevented some of the companies from providing the sponsorship we were expecting for 2009."

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