2014 Phillip Island World Superbike Race One Results

The first race of the season was dry, at 21°C

Sylvain Guintoli took the lead from pole position, followed by Marco Melandri on the other Aprilia, gaining a place on Davide Giugliano's Ducati. Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes led Chaz Davies, Eugene Laverty and Loris Baz in a second pack. Guintoli tried to stretch out a lead but Melandri and Giugliano stayed with him, with the first three stretching a gap over the second pack that was over two seconds by the time Alex Lowes crashed out on the fourth lap. Elias and Haslam also crashed out in separate incidents.

As the front three remained in a formation, albeit with Giugliano constantly probing at Melandri, Eugene Laverty worked his Suzuki through to the front of the second bunch, fighting with Jonathan Rea's Honda for fourth place.

Nine laps in, Laverty left Rea, Baz, Sykes and Davies and started a campaign to close the four second gap while Giugliano started using wide, sweeping lines as Melandri took defensive tight apexes.

On the thirteenth lap, Laverty was in striking distance from the front three and Giugliano finally passed Melandri. Eugene Laverty saw the man who took his Aprilia ride ahead of him and passed him for third place.

Two laps later, at the end of the straight, Laverty passed Giugliano and swept across the outside of turn one, taking a clean second place and setting his targets on Guintoli and the first place. Two more laps and Laverty passed Guintoli at turn two and set about breaking the Aprilias behind him, leaving them to fight amongst themselves as Melandri passed Giugliano for third.

Eugene Laverty kept the hammer down and took Suzuki's first victory since 2010.

The EVO class was hard-fought between Niccolo Canepa and David Salom, but it was the Kawasaki of Salom that would take the historic first EVO win.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 58 E. LAVERTY Suzuki GSX-R1000   1'30.969 317,6
2 33 M. MELANDRI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2.959 1'30.968 318,6
3 50 S. GUINTOLI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 3.034 1'31.091 317,6
4 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1199 Panigale R 6.972 1'30.990 312,1
5 76 L. BAZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 11.132 1'31.191 316,7
6 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 11.718 1'31.269 314,0
7 1 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 15.612 1'31.307 320,5
8 7 C. DAVIES Ducati 1199 Panigale R 25.724 1'30.949 313,0
9 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 37.407 1'32.807 303,4
10 59 N. CANEPA Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO 37.468 1'32.251 302,5
11 14 G. ALLERTON BMW S1000 RR EVO 39.271 1'32.892 306,8
12 9 F. FORET Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 45.212 1'32.980 300,0
13 71 C. CORTI MV Agusta F4 RR 50.249 1'33.154 303,4
14 11 J. GUARNONI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'17.134 1'33.695 295,9
15 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'23.686 1'33.486 295,1
16 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1'30.651 1'34.664 307,7
17 20 A. YATES EBR 1190 RX 1 Lap 1'35.830 274,8
RET 21 A. ANDREOZZI Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 8 Laps 1'33.723 299,2
RET 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR 18 Laps 1'31.566 314,0
RET 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 19 Laps 1'31.082 320,5
RET 24 T. ELIAS Aprilia RSV4 Factory 19 Laps 1'32.032 319,5


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stunning result. i'm amazed at the success they've achieved with an ancient platform. the GSXR has seen no new meaningful development in years, and they come out with the outright pace to top the aprilias?

i wonder what they've done to find such speed, especially on the top end.

Great to see suzukis are competitive now (y) and what's wrong with hondas? My local honda dealer have some CBRs dressed with Motogp "repsol" outfit. Try make it look faster than kawasaki, and even suzuki lol

The most important thing Suzuki changed was the nut between the handlebar and footpegs!

what happens if they run out of engines? pitlane start?