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World Superbike and World Supersport 2014 – Round 01: Phillip Island Circuit – Australia – February 23, 2014

Points Scores for Honda Riders as the Superbike Season Begins

Jonathan Rea

The first round of the FIM Superbike World Championship took place in unexpectedly warm and sunny conditions after two cool days of practice, with the top Honda result of the day being a fifth place finish for Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) in Race Two.

Rea had already scored sixth in race one, despite some issues with grip on the very aggressive Phillip Island track surface, but he converted that into fifth in race two. The race distance of 25 laps was shortened to just 14 laps after an oil leak brought out the red flag.

The race one win was taken by Eugene Laverty (Suzuki) ahead of Marco Melandri (Aprilia) and his team mate Sylvain Guintoli, the new championship leader, who won the shortened second race, and was awarded full points. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) came home in second place almost a full second ahead of his team mate, reigning World Champion Tom Sykes.

Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) fell in race one, at the fast turn 12, but recovered strongly to post a sixth place finish in race two.

Rea had qualified sixth in the new look Superpole contest, run in two parts, with the top ten qualifiers from practice going straight into Superpole Two. Haslam had to ride in Superpole One to get into Superpole Two, which he did easily, and he eventually started from 9th place on the grid.

Rea leaves Australia with his desired two healthy points scores, and he is seventh in the championship points, with 21. Haslam is 11th with ten points.

With the Australian weekend complete the second round takes place at Motorland Aragon in Spain on April 13th.

De Rosa Scores Podium Place after Intense Sprint Race

The first round of the FIM Supersport World Championship was finally run as a five lap sprint race, after the first attempt at running the scheduled 18-laps ended when one of the competitors leaked oil on the racing line.

The five lap race allowed Raffaele De Rosa (Core PTR Honda) to score a podium in his first ride for his new team, as he took a strong third place only 0.317 seconds behind race winner Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta) and Kebvin Coghlan (Yamaha).

Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) was in a good position in the first race, but fell twice in the sprint race, eventually having to retire.

Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) suffered a painful finger injury in practice and after undergoing an operation to repair his left middle finger he was forced to miss the opening round.

Ratthapark Wilairot (Core PTR Honda) made strong progress in his first WSS weekend and qualified eighth, but he also fell after making a quick change in his set-up before the sprint race started.

Jack Kennedy (CIA Insurance Honda) injured his right foot in a testing crash a few days ago and was originally ruled out of race weekend after undergoing an operation to repair a broken talus bone. He passed a late fitness test and was unfortunate to suffer a technical problem after making up places from his start at the back of the grid. Bryan Staring (Rivamoto Honda) was also a non-finisher after his clutch started to slip at his home round.

Riccardo Russo (Team Lorini Honda) placed his CBR600RR in eighth place, well in the points on the first time out for his new team

Nacho Calero (CIA Insurance Honda), Marco Bussolotti (Team Lorini Honda) and Fraser Rogers (Com Plus SMS Racing) all scored points from 13th place through to 15th place.

World Superbike and World Supersport 2014
Round 01: Phillip Island Circuit – Australia

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)

1

E. LAVERTY (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki)

2

M. MELANDRI (Aprilia Racing Team)

3

S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)

4

D. GIUGLIANO (Ducati Superbike Team)

5

L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)

6

J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)

RT

L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)

Superbike Race 2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)

2

L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)

3

T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)

4

D. GIUGLIANO (Ducati Superbike Team)

5

J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)

6

L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)

Supersport

Rank Rider (Team)

1

J. CLUZEL (MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich M.)

2

K. COGHLAN (DMC Panavto-Yamaha)

3

R. DE ROSA (Core PTR Honda)

4

F. MARINO (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres)

5

R. TAMBURINI (San Carlo Puccetti Racing)

6

K. WAHR (RS Wahr by Kraus Racing)

8

R. RUSSO (Team Lorini)

13

N. CALERO (CIA Insurance Honda)

14

M. BUSSOLOTTI (Team Lorini)

15

F. ROGERS (Com Plus SMS Racing)

RT

R. WILAIROT (Core PTR Honda)

RT

B. STARING (Rivamoto)

RT

M. VD MARK (PATA Honda World Supersport)