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I can't believe there isn't one yet, in the past they seem to start minute checkered flag falls on previous round, perhaps after a long winter everyone still in hibernation.

My prediction is that there is no predicting who wins this, some "experts" are betting the farm on Kawi based on test results. I say Carlos, Max, and Johny Rea dice it out for the podium, perhaps top 5 with a Kawi in a mix?
 

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Would be nice to see Haslem and Melandri up there as well. Don't forget Melandri's girlfriend I hope they show her a little more this season mmmmm...... oh yeah I think Checa will take the win this round. I was disappointed that Hopkins got injured. I would like to see him do well this season.
 

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Don't think BMW going to win, looking at testing they still don't have the pace, and even if they did the trick is to keep tires under the bike, in the past it shredded the tire in less than half race distance.

As for Melandri's GF, she is amazing, however speed never shows much of her, while EuroSport last year held camera on her while she walked the entire pit lane at PI, at least a minute, while commentators were ogling her.
 

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I'm hoping for (and predicting) a Checa double. That having been said, I think that Ducati may struggle in WSBK this year because of the extra weight. It's sort of a double whammy since the 1098 is past the end of its development cycle, and it is being required to carry extra weight. As dominant as Checa was last year, part of the reason was because he was able to manage tire wear so effectively. Apparently, one of the consequences of the extra weight that the team has already detected in testing is increased tire wear. The Duc should be strong at PI. If Checa wins, we still won't have much new info. If he struggles, I'm afraid it may be a long season.

Cheers!
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Q1 results

1 65 J. REA GBR Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'31.959
2 96 J. SMRZ CZE Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati 1098R 1'32.116 0.157
3 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'32.198 0.239
4 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'32.228 0.269
5 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'32.318 0.359
6 59 N. CANEPA ITA Red Devils Roma Ducati 1098R 1'32.343 0.384
7 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.402 0.443
8 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.443 0.484
9 33 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'32.553 0.594
10 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1'32.609 0.650
11 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'32.644 0.685
12 2 L. CAMIER GBR Crescent Fixi Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'32.817 0.858
13 19 C. DAVIES GBR ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'32.874 0.915
14 67 B. STARING AUS Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.884 0.925
15 4 H. AOYAMA JPN Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'33.040 1.081
16 121 M. BERGER FRA Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'33.075 1.116
17 44 D. SALOM ESP Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.128 1.169
18 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1'33.136 1.177
19 87 L. ZANETTI ITA PATA Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'33.148 1.189
20 25 J. BROOKES AUS Crescent Fixi Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'33.477 1.518
21 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'33.532 1.573
22 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'34.189 2.230
23 18 M. AITCHISON AUS Grillini Progea Superbike Team BMW S1000 RR 1'34.239 2.280
24 20 D. JOHNSON AUS Rossair AEP Racing BMW S1000 RR 1'34.855 2.896
25 35 R. DE ROSA ITA Team Pro Ride Real Game Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.979 3.020


Checa was doing 1.31's all morning, but slowed down in Q1, he also ended up crashing but managed to continue
 

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Due to a fatality in a four-bike crash in Australian Superstock, Superpole has been cancelled. Tom Sykes is on pole position.
 

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Further to that posted above ......


Following is the official release on the Motorcycling Australia website



Motorcycling Australia / Home / News / News Single1Incident at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
February 25, 2012

Motorcycling Australia and PI SBK Pty Ltd can confirm that Queenslander Oscar McIntyre has died following an incident during the opening round of the 2012 Superstock 600cc Championship race at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit this afternoon.

McIntyre, 17, was immediately tended to by medical personnel after the incident, but his injuries proved to be fatal.

The crash, which also involved two other riders, occurred on lap two of the scheduled 12-lap race at approximately 2.00pm AEDT. It occurred between turns two and three.

The other riders involved were Luke Burgess and Michael Lockhart. Burgess has now been released from the circuit’s medical centre and Lockhart remains under observation with non life-threatening injuries.

An investigation is currently underway and MA will release any further information as it comes to hand via the MA website (Motorcycling Australia: Home).

Motorcycling Australia and PI SBK Pty Ltd offer their sincerest condolences to the McIntyre family and those affected within the motorcycle community



Sincere condolences to the family and those who knew him.
 

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Due to a fatality in a four-bike crash in Australian Superstock, Superpole has been cancelled. Tom Sykes is on pole position.

Coincidently, the riding numbers of Tom Sykes and Oscar McIntyre (the rider killed today) were the same ,,,,, # 66
 

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WSBK Phillip Island starting grid:

1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1′31.323
2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1′31.477
3. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1′31.621
4. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1′31.783
5. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1′31.832
6. Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1′31.904
7. Niccolò Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 1′31.953
8. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1′31.959
9. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1′31.966
10. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1′32.068
11. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1′32.069
12. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1′32.082
13. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1′32.123
14. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1′32.198
15. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1′32.338
16. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1′32.411
17. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1′32.576
18. Bryan Staring (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1′32.613
19. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1′32.640
20. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1′32.703
21. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 1′32.782
22. Joshua Brookes (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1′33.384
23. Mark Aitchison (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 1′33.396
24. Raffaele De Rosa (Team Pro Ride Real Game Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1′33.401
25. David Johnson (Rossair AEP Racing) BMW S1000 RR 1′33.816
 

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Race 1 results

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1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34'13.963
2. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 34'21.067
3. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 34'21.341
4. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 34'26.152
5. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 34'30.387
6. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 34'34.163
7. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 34'34.186
8. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 34'38.071
9. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 34'42.035
10. Bryan Staring (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 34'48.195
11. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 34'48.413
12. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 34'49.611
13. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 34'50.355
14. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 34'55.463
15. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 34'56.049
16. Joshua Brookes (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 34'56.568
17. Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 34'57.329
18. Mark Aitchison (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 34'59.188
19. David Johnson (Rossair AEP Racing) BMW S1000 RR 35'22.745
20. Niccolò Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 35'24.403
RT. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 30'29.484
RT. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 22'10.214
RT. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 7'47.279
RT. Raffaele De Rosa (Team Pro Ride Real Game Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'31.785
2012
 

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Race 2

1. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 34'26.728
2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34'32.435
3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 34'39.249
4. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 34'39.383
5. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 34'44.907
6. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 34'45.559
7. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 34'45.667
8. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34'46.206
9. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 34'46.282
10. Niccolò Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 34'53.017
11. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 34'53.207
12. Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 34'55.873
13. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 35'03.210
14. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 35'04.841
15. Joshua Brookes (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 35'09.962
16. Bryan Staring (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 35'10.254
17. Raffaele De Rosa (Team Pro Ride Real Game Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 35'20.657
RT. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 17'35.557
RT. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 15'42.247
RT. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 14'11.367
RT. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 12'50.634
RT. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 6'22.268
RT. David Johnson (Rossair AEP Racing) BMW S1000 RR 6'32.856
RT. Mark Aitchison (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'42.222
2012
 

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SPOILER just in case for those still watching the SPEED broadcast

















I think if Max can keep himself from melting down he might have a real chance at the title, from dead last and trailing the field by a mile to P2 was very impressive show of force.

Good race overall, at times it looked like supersport battle, let's hope the rest of the season is same, however judging from today's race pace it looks like the real battle will be for P3 all season with Mad Max and Chubby Checa dicing it up for the win 10 seconds up the road.

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that was some comeback after that high side, good battle for third and yes Max was on fire after his off which was made easy as the ape cruised by on the straight which makes you wonder why the Duc has all that extra weight. Thing I love about SBK is that you can discuss the race without offending some foaming at the mouth mental patient fan(atic) ala MotoGP :cool:
 

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First and foremost, RIP Oscar.

The racing was, to me, exciting. Maybe Checa or Biaggi should be required to run off early in each of the following races. I can't decide if the ironman award should go to Biaggi or Haslam. Been a long boring winter, hasn't it?
 
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