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

Ryuichi Kiyonari 23

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.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

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.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Yamaha Finance Australian Round

Phillip Island, Australia

WorldSBK 2019, Round 1

Sunny / 21
Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 07:32 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 21°C
  • Humidity: 67%
  • Ground Temp: 41°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Aruba.it Racing Ducati 33'38.901
2 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +14.983
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +16.934
4 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +16.984
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +19.179
6 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +21.203
7 Tom Sykes 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +21.488
8 Sandro Cortese 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +23.018
9 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +25.580
10 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +27.124
11 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Team Pedercini Kawasaki +28.214
12 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Team Go Eleven Ducati +30.055
13 Markus Reiterberger 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +31.859
14 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki +34.793
15 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +41.009
16 Ryuichi Kiyonari 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +45.523
17 Alessandro Delbianco 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda +1 lap
NC Troy Herfoss 17 AUS Penrite Honda Racing Honda DNF
NC Leon Camier 2 GBR Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda DNF
Sunny / 19
Friday 22 Feb 2019, 10:00 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 19°C
  • Humidity: 65%
  • Ground Temp: 38°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1'30.327
2 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'30.341
3 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'30.482
4 Tom Sykes 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'30.664
5 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha 1'30.783
6 Leon Camier 2 GBR Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 1'30.792
7 Sandro Cortese 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'30.850
8 Markus Reiterberger 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'30.862
9 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha 1'31.049
10 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'31.125
11 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Team Pedercini Kawasaki 1'31.146
12 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1'31.238
13 Marco Melandri 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'31.259
14 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1'31.334
15 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Team Go Eleven Ducati 1'31.403
16 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 1'31.545
17 Ryuichi Kiyonari 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 1'31.790
18 Alessandro Delbianco 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda 1'32.669
19 Troy Herfoss 17 AUS Penrite Honda Racing Honda 1'34.324