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.