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World Superbike and World Supersport 2015 – Round 01: Phillip Island Circuit – Australia – February 22, 2015

Positive Start to Pata Honda’s 2015 SBK Campaign
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Sylvain Guintoli took two positive results from the opening round of the 2015 World Superbike championship at Phillip Island in Australia, with his Pata Honda team-mate Michael van der Mark impressing with a strong fifth place finish in the first race, his WSBK debut.

The two 22-lap races around the 4.445km Phillip Island circuit were won by British riders Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam, with 2014 champion Guintoli riding hard in the first outing from his ninth place on the grid to post a seventh at the flag.

Guintoli’s crew made further changes to his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP for race two, but with temperatures above 30°C, the 32-year-old Frenchman, injured in a big testing crash in Spain recently, endured another tough physical battle to bring the CBR home in fifth place.

Fifth was where Dutch sensation Michael van der Mark finished his debut World Superbike race after starting from fourth on the grid and battling in the early stages with the leading group before dropping into a solitary race and finishing four seconds ahead of 2013 WSBK champion Tom Sykes.

Sylvain Guintoli

Sylvain Guintoli

The 22-year-old reigning World Supersport champion enjoyed an even better start to race two, blasting past Rea’s Kawasaki into the lead at the start of the eighth lap. Van der Mark led for the following five laps before rear tyre wear forced him back. He finally crashed out of fourth place with just three laps to go but was more than satisfied with his World Superbike debut.

SUPERSPORT – Gino Rea Third At Phillip Island In His Comeback WSS Ride

Gino Rea (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda) was top Honda finisher in third place after the 22-lap World Supersport championship race at Phillip Island, in his first ride back in the WSS class since 2011.

Starting from the second row of the grid Rea overcame the effects of his recently broken right foot to eventually hold off another CBR600RR rider, Kyle Smith (Pata Honda). Smith was only 0.032 seconds from taking the final podium position himself, in what was his first WSS ride for the Pata Honda team.

Ratthapark Wilairot (Core” Motorsport Thailand) had genuine ambitions to take a top three finish and was running in a strong second place for the first four laps until traction issues dropped him back to finish an eventual fifth place at the flag.

Roberto Rolfo (Team Lorini Honda) placed eighth after a final three-rider battle on the last lap, just losing out but scoring valuable championship points at the opening round.

World Superbike and World Supersport 2015 – Round 01: Phillip Island Circuit – Australia

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)
1
  1. REA (Kawasaki Racing Team)
2
  1. HASLAM (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils)
3
  1. DAVIES (Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team)
4
  1. TORRES (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils)
5
  1. VD MARK (PATA Honda World Superbike Team)
6
  1. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)
7
  1. GUINTOLI (PATA Honda World Superbike Team)

Superbike Race 2

Rank Rider (Team)
1
  1. HASLAM (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils)
2
  1. REA (Kawasaki Racing Team)
3
  1. DAVIES (Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team)
4
  1. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)
5
  1. GUINTOLI (PATA Honda World Superbike Team)
6
  1. TEROL (Althea Racing)
RT
  1. VD MARK (PATA Honda World Superbike Team)

Supersport

Rank Rider (Team)
1
  1. CLUZEL (MV Agusta Reparto Corse)
2
  1. ZANETTI (MV Agusta Reparto Corse)
3
  1. REA (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda)
4
  1. SMITH (PATA Honda World Supersport Team)
5
  1. WILAIROT (CORE” Motorsport Thailand)
6
  1. SOFUOGLU (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)
8
  1. ROLFO (Team Lorini)
14
  1. SCOTT (AARK Racing)
16
  1. WAHR (SMS Racing)
17
  1. PHILLIS (Team Lorini)
18
  1. CLARKE (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda)
RT
  1. RUSSO (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda)
RT
  1. CARDENAS (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda)