2012 Philip Island WSBK Race 1 - Tight Podium Battle Behind Dominant Winner

Aprilia's Max Biaggi took the first race win of the 2012 World Superbike season from Philip Island by a margin of just more than seven seconds over BMW's Marco Melandri and Effenbert Liberty Ducati's Sylvain Guintoli.

Biaggi cruised to a comfortable victory after Carlos Checa crashed his Althea Ducati in the final corner after 17 laps. Rain was spitting at the time, which could have led to the highside. Checa was taken to the medical center to be treated for an elbow injury. There's no word on Checa's status for today's second race.

Pole man Tom Sykes came home in a lonely fourth aboard his Kawasaki ZX-10R, followed distantly by Guintoli's Effenbert Liberty Ducati teammate Jakub Smrz.


Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory  
2 33 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW S1000 RR 7.104
3 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Ducati 1098R 7.378
4 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki ZX-10R 12.189
5 96 J. SMRZ CZE Ducati 1098R 16.424
6 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA BMW S1000 RR 20.200
7 65 J. REA GBR Honda CBR1000RR 20.223
8 4 H. AOYAMA JPN Honda CBR1000RR 24.108
9 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Ducati 1098R 28.072
10 67 B. STARING AUS Kawasaki ZX-10R 34.232
11 87 L. ZANETTI ITA Ducati 1098R 34.450
12 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW S1000 RR 35.648
13 121 M. BERGER FRA Ducati 1098R 36.392
14 44 D. SALOM ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R 41.500
15 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R 42.086
16 25 J. BROOKES AUS Suzuki GSX-R1000 42.605
17 2 L. CAMIER GBR Suzuki GSX-R1000 43.366
18 18 M. AITCHISON AUS BMW S1000 RR 45.225
19 20 D. JOHNSON AUS BMW S1000 RR 1'08.782
20 59 N. CANEPA ITA Ducati 1098R 1'10.440
RET 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia RSV4 Factory 3 Laps
RET 7 C. CHECA ESP Ducati 1098R 17 Laps
RET 35 R. DE ROSA ITA Honda CBR1000RR  


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...doesn't mean you need to make the same old 40 year old joke.

The champ seemed to chuck it across the finish line six seconds ahead of the race one winner, in the second.

Wow, can't believe someone thought spoilers in the titles were cool!!! Very disappointing.

Spoilers in the headlines will not be happening again. My instructions to Austin were not clear enough on this point, sorry about that.

I'm sorry to those whose races I ruined with the spoilers in the headlines. That won't be happening again. Thanks for your patience while I find my feet (and remove them from my mouth) here at MotoMatters.

Biaggi set a new race lap record from like 5 years ago. He was riding great.