Sylvain Guintoli wins first WSBK race

  • Sunday 24th February, 2013 2:32pm
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Sylvain Guintoliled an  Aprilia podium sweep in the opening race at Phillip Island

Sylvain Guintoliled an Aprilia podium sweep in the opening race at Phillip Island

Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli has led an Aprilia clean sweep of the top three places in the opening Superbike World Championship race of the season at Phillip Island.

Guintoli, 30, passed factory team-mate and long-time leader Eugene Laverty on lap 15 of the 22-lap race, and then eased away to a 1.352-second victory – his fourth in WSBK competition and his first at Phillip Island.

After being passed by Guintoli, Laverty then fell into the clutches of the hard-charging Michel Fabrizio over the last few laps, but he managed to hold off his opponent in a thrilling battle all the way to the finish line.

The four-way arm wrestle for fourth position was just as intense, with BMW’s Chaz Davies eventually working his way to the front of the pack after 22 hard-fought laps, with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki), Loris Baz (Kawasaki) and Leon Haslam (Honda) filling positions five to seven.

Jonathan Rea (Honda) was eighth, while Australians Glenn Allerton (BMW) and Jamie Stauffer (Honda) scored world championship points in 14th and 15th positions respectively.

Spaniard Carlos Checa (Ducati) and world No. 3 Marco Melandri (BMW) both failed to finish after a nasty collision at turn four on lap 13 while involved in the fierce scrap for fourth position.

Checa briefly lost consciousness and was airlifted from the circuit with concussion.

Race two is at 3:30pm this afternoon.



1Sylvain GuintoliAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory
2Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory
3Michel FabrizioRed Devils Roma) ApriliaAprilia RSV4 Factory
4Chaz DaviesBMW Motorrad GoldBet SBKBMW S1000 RR
5Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R
6Loris BazKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R
7Leon HaslamPata Honda World SuperbikeHonda CBR BR1000RR
8Jonathan ReaPata Honda World SuperbikeHonda CBR1000RR
9Leon CamierFixi Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R1000
10Max NeukirchnerMR-RacingDucati Panigale1199
11Jules CluzelFixi Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R1000
12Ivan ClementiHTM RacingBMW S1000 RR
13Alexander LundhTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R
14Glen AllertonNext Gen MotorsportsBMW S1000 RR
15Jamie StaufferTeam Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR
16Federico SandiTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R
17Vittorio IannuzzoGrillini Dentalmatic SBKBMW S1000 RR
DNFCarlos ChecaTeam Ducati AlstareDucati Panigale 1199
DNFMarco MelandriBMW Motorrad GoldBet SBKBMW S1000 RR
DNFDavide GiuglianoAlthea RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory


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