The Australian Round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship has drawn to a close with the second race of the weekend at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Stefan Bradl has finished the race in fifteenth place, while his Red Bull Honda World Superbike team mate Nicky Hayden crashed out of the race on lap nine.

From fifteenth place on the grid, Bradl managed to move up several places and was eleventh by the end of lap ten. He then maintained his position for four more laps while leading a four-way pack and was fifteenth at the chequered flag.

After launching from twelfth place, Hayden was able to maintain his position and spent the first part of the race in the fight for tenth. After setting his fastest time, on lap nine the 35-year-old American tucked the front at turn ten and crashed: despite remounting his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 and returning to the track, Hayden could not continue the race.

The second round of the season will take place in a fortnight’s time at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand.

Stefan Bradl

Stefan Bradl 6

15th

My start today was a little worse than yesterday: the start itself was not so bad actually, but I got a bad line in turn one and, obviously, that carried over in turn two. This meant that the advantage I got at the start was gone already and I dropped back a couple of places. We made some changes to the bike prior to the race especially at the front, which turned out to be a positive step. Unfortunately, whilst the entry corner was good and I could be aggressive on the brakes, we were lacking on corner exit. We’re also too hard on the tyres at the moment and this meant that by the end of the race I could not keep the pace. At least, I could stay within the second group and learn a lot. All in all, it was not an easy weekend but I’m sure we will be able to improve for Thailand.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden 69

DNF

We made some changes in order to look after the tyres a bit more, especially with the hotter conditions of today, and it was a bit better on the gas but also a bit worse on the brakes. I didn’t get the same good start as yesterday, but I didn’t feel too bad. I set my fastest lap of the race and was improving my splits while trying to stay with the second group, but I over pushed down into Lukey Heights and came off the bike. Obviously I cannot say I’m happy with the results and with the weekend in general: today I tried my best and rode as hard as I could, but it didn’t go to plan. We’ll try to turn things around for Thailand.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Pieter Breddels

Pieter Breddels

We tried a different approach today especially with the electronics, in order to make the power delivery a bit softer and get some more life out of the tyres. Nicky was running at a good pace and wasn’t looking too bad: he was doing quite good lap times but at the same time he was pushing really hard and that led to the crash. It was not a big one and he tried to stay out for a couple of more laps, but then he had to retire from the race. Stefan rode well and was able to fight with the second group but he was unable to maintain the pace in the final laps. We made a step forward from yesterday with him, although it was not as big as we’d hoped. With the information we got from this weekend we have made a plan for Thailand and I’m confident we will be able to make a big difference there.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Australian Round

Phillip Island, Australia

WorldSBK 2017, Round 1

Sunny / Dry / 24
Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 05:12 UTC
  • Air Temp: 24°C
  • Humidity: 63%
  • Ground Temp: 44°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 33'52.785
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 20 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.025
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 16 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.249
4 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 13 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.956
5 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 11 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +2.320
6 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 10 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +4.781
7 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 9 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +7.307
8 Leon Camier 2 GBR 8 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +9.756
9 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 7 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +11.135
10 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 6 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +20.123
11 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM 5 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +25.799
12 Joshua Brookes 25 AUS 4 ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha +25.879
13 Markus Reiterberger GER 3 +25.917
14 Román Ramos 40 SPA 2 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +26.292
15 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 1 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +28.440
16 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI 0 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +33.679
17 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1 Lap
NC Nicky Hayden 69 USA 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
NC Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki DNF
NC Riccardo Russo 84 ITA 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha DNF
NC Jordi Torres 81 SPA 0 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW DNF
Sunny / Dry / 18
Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 05:00 UTC
  • Air Temp: 18°C
  • Humidity: 58%
  • Ground Temp: 42°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 33'52.290
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 20 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.042
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +1.050
4 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 13 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.082
5 Leon Camier 2 GBR 11 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +3.002
6 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 10 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +3.320
7 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 9 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +8.725
8 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 8 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +12.135
9 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 7 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +12.180
10 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI 6 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +12.439
11 Nicky Hayden 69 USA 5 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +19.344
12 Markus Reiterberger GER 4 +21.336
13 Román Ramos 40 SPA 3 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +24.866
14 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM 2 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +24.902
15 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 1 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +28.936
16 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha +39.404
17 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +42.941
18 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +48.043
NC Marco Melandri 33 ITA 0 Aruba.it Racing Ducati DNF
NC Joshua Brookes 25 AUS 0 ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha DNF
NC Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 0 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia DNF
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Friday 24 Feb 2017, 06:00 UTC
  • Air Temp: 17°C
  • Humidity: 62%
  • Ground Temp: 30°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1'30.189
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.066
3 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.297
4 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.384
5 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.438
6 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.628
7 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.658
8 Nicky Hayden 69 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +0.910
9 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.932
10 Markus Reiterberger GER +0.940
11 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.098
12 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.162
13 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.216
14 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +1.279
15 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +1.301
16 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.518
17 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1.523
18 Joshua Brookes 25 AUS ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha +1.784
19 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1.866
20 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1.940
21 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +2.374
Rider Standings
Sunday, 26 Feb 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 50 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 40 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
3 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 26 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
4 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 26 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
5 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 21 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
6 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 19 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
7 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 16 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
8 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 16 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
9 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 14 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
10 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 9 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
11 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 7 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
12 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 7 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
13 Markus REITERBERGER GER 7
14 Randy KRUMMENACHER 15 SWI 6 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
15 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 5 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
16 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 5 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
17 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha
18 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 2 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda