2013 Phillip Island World Superbike Race 2: A Tight Pack Runs Away

Carlos Checa was unable to start race two, moving Eugene Laverty into pole position and promoting Tom Sykes to the front row. Everyone knew how the tyres would work, freeing them up to just get on with the racing.

Tom Sykes let from the line, ahead of Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty, but it didn't take long for Sylvain Guintoli to carve his way through to second place. At the end of the third lap, Guintoli took the lead ahead of Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri. This trio would stay glued together for the next ten laps, trying to edge past one another as they flew in formation. At the end of each lap, Melandri would try to slipstream past Laverty into turn one, and every lap, Laverty would manage to keep his position, while Michel Fabrizio closed up to the leading trio, intent on repeating his race one podium.

Away from the front, Chaz Davies would take a ride through for speeding in the pit lane. He'd pitted in to replace the tyre he punctured in a crash that put Baz out of the race. Jules Cluzel was fighting with Tom Sykes and Davide Giugliano for a few laps, eventually earning him a 7th place.

On lap 16, Melandri finally passed Laverty and set about trying to trouble Guintoli as Fabrizio set his sights on the Irishman. With three laps to go, Eugene Laverty was able to squeeze inside the Honda hairpin and reclaim second place and setting the lap record on his way to catching Guintoli. Laverty slipstreamed Guintoli and led into turn one with two laps to go and set about breaking free, having the advantage of having sat behind his team mate for a dozen laps and see where he could break him.

Knowing he could “abuse” his tyre at the end of the race, Laverty took a clean win ahead of his team mate, sharing a win apiece in the opening meeting. Melandri and Fabrizio left it until the last lap when Fabrizio fluffed a close pass and gave Melandri the opportunity to put his BMW on the podium, denying Aprilia a double full podium.

As the factory Aprilia team return to Europe with the maximum possible points, their Italian rival Ducati had to rely on Max Neukirchner to score a lowly 11 points. The Panigale may have scooped the Saturday plaudits, but on Sunday, with Ayrton Badovini not starting and Carlos Checa not finishing, Aprilia stole their spotlight.


1. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 33'45.938
2. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 33'46.356
3. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 33'47.320
4. Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 33'48.220
5. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 33'57.483
6. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 33'58.446
7. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 34'03.268
8. Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 34'03.277
9. Leon Camier (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 34'05.824
10. Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) Honda CBR1000RR 34'05.934
11. Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing) Ducati Panigale 1199 34'13.567
12. Glen Allerton (Next Gen Motorsports) BMW S1000 RR 34'28.747
13. Jamie Stauffer (Team Honda Racing) Honda CBR1000RR 34'28.831
14. Federico Sandi (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 34'30.837
15. Alexander Lundh (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 34'43.762
16. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 35'08.512
17. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 34'08.663
RT. Ivan Clementi (HTM Racing) BMW S1000 RR 17'14.862
RT. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 
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Love WSBK but i cannot get Be In sports on my cable so i havent seen either race. Huge Laverty fan so its awesome that he won race 2, but not having any tv coverage available to me is devastating. Speed channel is dead to me, WSBK seriously needs a pay subscription option. I couldnt find a bit torrent that worked so i guess im just screwed. Need some help!

i couldnt see the live races either. but i watched it somewhere else (not torrents) a few hours after the races. i could tell you where that was here in public but am afraid some uptight internet police may read it, go there and flag it or something which may eventually lead to it being taken down..

Eurosport player won't work in the States? I'm sorry for you guys not being able to see it. You need to pay about £3 ($4) a month and you need a reasonable connection speed. I only get about 6 mbps but it works.

Nasty crash for Checa but I read he is okay.

BeIN streamed all races live on their website, for free. Hopefully, they will do the same for the rest of the season.

a thing to note regarding BeIN - they are going to stream the races on their website only for US users/IP addresses. I am not in US and the streaming section said "sorry this video is not available in your country".

they showed it live on line! but only got to watch 10 laps before we closed at work and had to go home. but my wife was on one of thoses pay attention to me times and didnt want to get in trouble lol. at least she knows NHRA on tonight and cant take that a way! oh buy the way be in sports did a lot better job than speed and i only saw a few laps!

DirecTV has the beIN network so I got to watch all races LIVE! Hopefully Checa is feeling OK after his hard fall. Congrats to Laverty....I've always liked him! A great start to the season!

Early days, but I think that the data indicates that BMW is going to be very, very strong this season. Melandri chopped 0.9 seconds off of BMW's best race lap from a year ago, while the best Aprilia race lap time dropped by 0.6 seconds. And as the Pirelli tire guys said, PI is an anamoly, where side grip at high speed is critical, unlike the stop-and-go tracks on the continent.

Panigale was SLOW in a straight line.

What else can I say...guess I'm going to be reading about the races throughout the entire season.
This is very disappointing! I'm convinced that Dorna had something to do with this, since WSBK has been kicking dirt in GP's face for the last couple of years with far more exciting racing. Why wouldn't they make it more difficult to watch their "support class" series, and just make it easier to watch their flagship series?! Maybe it's just my opinion, but either way this absolutely sucks!

I was able to catch all three races at the last minute by contacting my DiSH Network rep and adding beIN Sports, channel 392 (English) and 871 (Spanish). If you get DiSH here in the US, beIN Sports is included in the "America's Top 250" and is only $10 more than the "Top 200" (in my area, at least), well worth it for commercial-free viewing and commentary by Green and Martin IMHO. Just glad someone stepped up to the plate and decided to carry it here in the US. Honestly, as irritated at SpeedTV as I am, I'm hoping beIN network will pick up the MotoGP series also. Watching without commercials means never again having to miss a live pass, which seems to happen every race with Speed network.

Have Direct TV; called on Thursday and added the Sports pkg. for $11.00 more a month. Race coveraged started at 7:30 PM Saturday night EST. Great pre-race coverage, no commercials with that stupid SPEED Channel NASCAR Crap. Between races abour a half hour coverage of Euro Sport news ( mostly soccer highlights). Then the Supersport Race following a on Track delay because of a problem with the new asphalt.Then another half hour of Euro Sport highlights followed by WSB race #2. Same feed, meaning same broadcasters, but overall I was impressed by the extented coverage and the lack of inane commercials on SPEED. An added bonus was that at 6:30 PM on the ESPN Classics channel which is part of my new pkg. they had a retrospective on the 2010 MOTOGP season. Probably have a new case officer at Homeland Security because of the El Jazerra connection with BeIn Sport

BeIN's coverage was a lot better than anything SPEED ever did. The coverage reminded me a lot of the MotoGP Video Pass coverage with all of the video in the pits, on the grid, etc. Having SuperSport was nice - I'm going to try and follow it this season since it's right in the middle of the regular coverage.

I have Dish and had to pay an extra $10 to go up a level to get BeIN, but it also included Encore, the Cooking Channel and a few others that I will watch for sure.

Do you have to have the cable or dish service from Be In sorts to be able to live stream the races, or can anybody do it? Disgruntled Verizon Fios customer here.

As I understand it, the WSBK races will be streamed for free on the BeIN Sports website, to everyone, not just subscribers.

I missed the live stream of race 2...:( Does anyone know where I can download the torrent or watch it online? (I can't find it anywhere). Thanks in advance.

search in youtube. there are a couple of users there who upload the races in their channels just a few hours after.

here's hoping no internet police reads this and goes there and flags those users.

Just home from work, I caught the 2nd half of race 2. No sure if it was HD or not but was clear as the MGP.COM site. Plus it was free!

As far as the racing, I think the repaved flowing PI track really suited the Aprilias. Yes, it is probably already the best bike, but this series is still about the riders. I hope to see Sykes back up there soon.

of a season who could be promising. sad for Marco and Carlo, but at least the former proved in race 2 that he could challenge the Aprilias. BMW is looking good.
And sorry for Ducati as usual is the Sunday that matters!