Not one of the WorldSBK races making up the Australian round escaped the whims of the unpredictable Australian spring weather, which meant riders had to gamble in the ever-changing conditions. Even so, Race 2 could have been an opportunity for Xavi Vierge to fight for the top five, considering his pace, had another rider not hit him from behind and forced him off track in the initial hectic stages of the race. Another top ten finish for Tetsuta Nagashima, despite the extreme conditions, says a lot about the talent and competitiveness of the Suzuka 8 Hours winner.

Team HRC and riders Vierge and Nagashima have rounded out the 2022 Superbike World Championship at the Australian track of Phillip Island with a best result of eighth and ninth respectively.

Vierge and Nagashima were on track at 1:00pm local time for the 10-lap Superpole race. Once again, the race was declared ‘wet’ and began on a wet track but in sunny conditions. Nagashima made a very strong start from tenth to position sixth through the first turns, immediately ahead of Vierge, seventh. Within the space of just a couple of laps, the track was already beginning to dry. Xavi, who had opted for an intermediate rear and rain front tyre soon progressed to sixth, while Tetsuta, who had selected a full rain solution, dropped back several places as the race developed. Xavi held on to finish the sprint race in eighth place, while Tetsuta crossed the line nineteenth.

The year’s final Superbike race ran later in the afternoon in dry conditions. The Superpole race results meant that Vierge started this last race from eighth on the grid and Nagashima from twelfth. Unfortunately, the Spaniard’s race was over almost before it began, a contact with another rider on the very first lap, at turn 2, ruling him out, although the rider was luckily unhurt and re-joined the race after a brief pitstop to assess the condition of the bike.

Nagashima was able to make an impressive recovery. Lying seventeenth by the end of the second lap, the Japanese found a very competitive rhythm and, lap by lap, was able to pass Mercado, Syahrin, Forés, Mahias, Baz and Van der Mark and climb to tenth by the mid-race point. On lap 15, he also caught and passed Bassani. Another couple of laps later, the race was red-flagged after two riders were involved in an incident. Nagashima thus concluded the race in ninth position, ending what has been an impressive debut SBK performance, considering the extremely tricky conditions in which the races ran.

Vierge concludes the 2022 championship in tenth place with a total of 164 points, not far behind team-mate Iker Lecuona who, unable to score points during the final two rounds, finished in ninth position with a tally of 189. Nagashima closes twenty-first having scored 13 points this weekend.

Team HRC will now focus on its preparations for the 2023 racing season, with testing set to commence in mid-December.

Tetsuta Nagashima 49

SPR P19 RC2 P9

“It was a fun but tough day. The Superpole race was a bit disappointing because, having I never tried the intermediate tyres, we opted for the wet spec front and rear and after two or three laps the tyres were already cooked. That’s the law of racing! It was a learning experience anyway. Race 2 was not so bad; I was happy enough with my pace but not with my start. I need some more racing practice in that respect, having lost some of that sensitivity. As I’ve said though, our pace was good and my feeling on the bike a bit better than yesterday. I’m still curious as to what we might have been able to do with a bit more time and more stable weather. In FP3 for example I crashed while following Jonathan because I hadn’t yet understood the limit of the Pirelli tyres – I have more to learn that’s for sure. Anyway, overall, this weekend has been a very enjoyable experience and I want to thank Honda and the team for this opportunity. I hope that, with the work done and data I’ve collected, they can keep improving. I look forward to seeing the team do well next year.”

Xavi Vierge 97

SPRC P8 RC2 NC

“It was another very difficult day due to the weather conditions, but I think we made the right decision to go with an intermediate rear in the Superpole race as it meant we gained a grid position for Race 2. Unfortunately, after making a very good start to Race 2, I was hit by another rider and crashed on the very first lap. I jumped back on the bike and pitted because there was a lot of mud, and I couldn’t be sure the handlebar and everything was OK. I then re-joined the race because, after such a tough weekend, it was important to assess my feeling on the bike after making a setup change. Somewhat regrettably, I have to say I felt good on the bike and that we had a good potential. We were able to lap faster than we had all weekend, and so that was the only positive to come out of this race. Again, I want to thank my team, HRC and everyone involved for working so hard all season long. We’ve not yet achieved the results we want and that I believe we deserve, but we’ve learned a lot and gained so much experience and will soon be back on track as we begin our preparations for next season.”

WorldSBK 2022
Race Round 12   Australia

Results Tissot Superpole Race

Mixed
Humidity
72%
Track Temp
26°C
Air Temp
15°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 12 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati Time of Race 16'11.935
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR 9 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 3.285
3 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR 7 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 3.328
4 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 6 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 6.670
5 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 5 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 9.238
6 Redding Scott 45 GBR 4 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 9.328
7 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 3 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 12.173
8 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA 2 Team HRC Honda 13.427
9 Fores Xavi 15 SPA 1 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 17.416
10 Baz Loris 76 FRA 0 Bonovo Action BMW BMW 18.069
11 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 0 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 27.298
12 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 29.522
13 Bassani Axel 47 ITA 0 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 32.064
14 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 35.276
15 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 Bonovo Action BMW BMW 35.868
16 Öttl Philipp 5 GER 0 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 40.015
17 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 50.920
18 Smith Kyle 11 GBR 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 51.281
19 Nagashima Tetsuta 49 JPN 0 Team HRC Honda 51.701
20 Konig Oliver 52 CZE 0 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'03.042
21 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 0 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'11.979
22 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 0 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 10 1'36.397
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Race Round 12   Australia

Results Race 2 (red flag)

Mixed
Humidity
65%
Track Temp
27°C
Air Temp
15°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 25 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati Time of Race 27'08.334
2 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR 20 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.357
3 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1 Sector
4 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR 13 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1 Sector 0.413
5 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 11 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 2 Sectors 1 Sector
6 Redding Scott 45 GBR 10 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 2 Sectors 5.620
7 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 9 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 2 Sectors 3.336
8 Öttl Philipp 5 GER 8 Team GOELEVEN Ducati 2 Sectors 0.426
9 Nagashima Tetsuta 49 JPN 7 Team HRC Honda 2 Sectors 4.979
10 Baz Loris 76 FRA 6 Bonovo Action BMW BMW 3 Sectors 1 Sector
11 Bassani Axel 47 ITA 5 Motocorsa Racing Ducati 3 Sectors 0.450
12 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 4 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 3 Sectors 0.901
13 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 3 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 4 Sectors 1 Sector
14 Konig Oliver 52 CZE 2 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 4 Sectors 8.668
15 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 1 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 4 Sectors 1.890
16 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 0 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 4 Sectors 0.277
17 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 4 Sectors 0.108
18 Smith Kyle 11 GBR 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 6 Sectors 2 Sectors
19 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE DNF Bonovo Action BMW BMW
20 Fores Xavi 15 SPA DNF Team GOELEVEN Ducati
21 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA DNF Team HRC Honda
22 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA DNF GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
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Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 601 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati
2 Razgatlioglu Toprak 1 TUR 529 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha
3 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR 502 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
4 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA 293 ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati
5 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA 274 PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha
6 Lowes Alex 22 GBR 272 Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki
7 Bassani Alex 47 ITA 244 Motocorsa Racing Ducati
8 Redding Scott 45 GBR 204 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
9 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA 189 Team HRC Honda
10 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA 164 Team HRC Honda
11 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA 142 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
12 Baz Loris 76 FRA 125 Bonovo Action BMW BMW
13 Öttl Philipp 5 GER 85 Team GOELEVEN Ducati
14 Mahias Lucas 44 FRA 61 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
15 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL 46 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
16 Tamburini Roberto 2 ITA 36 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha
17 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 36 Bonovo Action BMW BMW
18 Bernardi Luca 29 ITA 35 BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati
19 Fores Xavi 15 SPA 33 Team GOELEVEN Ducati
20 Nozane Kohta 3 JPN 15 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha
21 Nagashima Tetsuta 49 JPN 13 Team HRC Honda
22 Mykhalchyk Illia 37 UKR 10 BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW
23 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL 10 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda
24 Ponsson Christophe 23 FRA 9 Team Gil Motor Sport Yamaha
25 Smith Kyle 11 GBR 4 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
26 Haslam Leon 91 GBR 4 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
27 Mackenzie Tarran 95 GBR 3 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha
28 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG 3 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda
29 Konig Oliver 52 CZE 3 ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki
30 Hickman Peter 10 GBR 2 FHO Racing BMW
31 Gagne Jake 33 USA 1 Attack Performance Yamaha Racing Yamaha
32 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA 0 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha
33 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
34 Marvin Fritz 17 GER 0 Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha
35 Ruiu Gabriele 16 ITA 0 B-Max Racing Team BMW
36 Vickers Ryan James 77 GBR 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
37 Gutierrez Oscar 99 SPA 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
38 Scheib Maximilian 27 CHI 0 MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda
39 Solorza Marco 39 ARG 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
40 Delbianco Alessandro 25 ITA 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
41 Cresson Loris 84 BEL 0 TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki
Location Information

The beautiful Phillip Island circuit on the Bass Straight, off the coast of Victoria in Australia, is one of the most iconic and exciting venues in world motorsport. WorldSBK™ first raced at Phillip Island in 1990, just after the first MotoGP™ visit in 1989. Phillip Island Circuit Back Beach Road,… read more.

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

Records

Pole Record 1'29.230 (179,33 Km/h) T. Sykes (BMW S1000 RR, 2020)
Race Record 1'30.075 (177,65 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2019)
All Time Record 1'29.230 (179,33 Km/h) T. Sykes (BMW S1000 RR, 2020)
2022 Race 1 Winner J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
2022 Superpole Race Winner A. Bautista (Ducati)
2022 Race 2 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati)