The first race of the 2019 Superbike World Championship took place this afternoon at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia. Having qualified tenth in the morning’s Superpole, rider Leon Camier started the race from the fourth row of the grid, with the aim of making up ground and demonstrating the kind of pace that had allowed him to finish the free practice sessions very close to the top five.

Unfortunately, on lap nine of the twenty-two lap race, and having set his fastest lap of 1’31.782 that saw him pass Cortese, Laverty and Davies and move up to ninth place, the Brit suffered a crash at turn 2. The incident prevented him from improving further and put a premature end to his race.

On his return to the Superbike category, Ryuichi Kiyonari qualified in 17th and crossed the line sixteenth in Race 1, just missing out on the points zone.

Ryuichi Kiyonari 23

16th

“The positive thing is that we finished the race, the not so positive is our position of course. I was really aiming to finish inside the points zone today. Anyway, we have gained experience and have a lot of data that we can use in order to try and improve tomorrow. After today’s race, I better understand how to manage the tyres, especially towards the end because today I struggled a lot there and couldn’t defend my position in the final stages of the race.”

Leon Camier 2

DNF

“The crash honestly is hard to understand because I didn’t do anything different there, and I just lost the front through turn 2. It’s frustrating as I was feeling really good on the bike. I felt it was working even better than I expected it to in the race, and I definitely had the pace of the guys I was running with. I had just passed Chaz (Davies) and was catching Melandri and Van Der Mark, and my pace was pretty decent. Starting from tenth on the grid makes it more difficult of course, and it wasn’t easy to pass Chaz, but I think that ultimately I could have been in the group with Marco (Melandri). I don’t know how the tyre would have lasted, but I don’t think it would have been too bad. Anyway, now we need to concentrate on tomorrow.”

WSBK 2019
Race Round 1   Australia

Race 1

Sunny
Humidity
67%
Track Temp
41°C
Air Temp
21°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 25 ARUBA.IT Racing - Ducati Ducati 33'38.901
2 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 14.983
3 Melandri Marco 33 ITA 16 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 16.934
4 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 13 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 16.984
5 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 11 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 19.179
6 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 10 Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 21.203
7 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 9 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 21.488
8 Cortese Sandro 11 GER 8 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 23.018
9 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 7 BARNI Racing Team Ducati 25.580
10 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 6 ARUBA.IT Racing - Ducati Ducati 27.124
11 Torres Jordi 81 SPA 5 Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 28.214
12 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 4 Team Goeleven Ducati 30.055
13 Reiterberger Markus 28 GER 3 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 31.859
14 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 2 Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 34.793
15 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 1 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 41.009
16 Kiyonari Ryuichi 23 JPN 0 Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 45.523
17 Delbianco Alessandro 52 ITA 0 Althea Mie Racing Team Honda 1 lap
18 Herfoss Troy 17 AUS 0 Penrite Honda Racing Honda 6 laps
19 Camier Leon 2 GBR 0 Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 14 laps
WSBK 2019

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 25 ARUBA.IT Racing - Ducati Ducati
2 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
3 Melandri Marco 33 ITA 16 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
4 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 13 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha
5 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 11 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha
6 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR 10 Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
7 Sykes Tom 66 GBR 9 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
8 Cortese Sandro 11 GER 8 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
9 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 7 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
10 Davies Chaz 7 GBR 6 ARUBA.IT Racing - Ducati Ducati
11 Torres Jordi 81 SPA 5 Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
12 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 4 Team Goeleven Ducati
13 Reiterberger Markus 28 GER 3 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
14 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 2 Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki
15 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 1 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
16 Kiyonari Ryuichi 23 JPN 0 Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda
17 Delbianco Alessandro 52 ITA 0 Althea Mie Racing Team Honda
18 Herfoss Troy 17 AUS 0 Penrite Honda Racing Honda
19 Camier Leon 2 GBR 0 Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda
Location Information

PHILLIP ISLAND CIRCUIT   Back Beach Road, Cowes, VIC, 3922 Phillip Island, Australia   phillipislandcircuit.com.au

POLE POSITION LEFT
LENGTH 4.445 Km
CORNERS 12
RIGHT CORNERS 5
LEFT CORNERS 7