Motorsport

Guintoli, Laverty bag race wins

2013-02-24 10:13
Carlos Checa crashed to miss out (AFP)

Phillip Island, Australia - Aprilia riders Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty swapped first and second placings on Sunday in the two races that made up the opening round of the Superbike World Championship.

Guintoli of France, who started from the second row, passed factory team-mate Laverty on the 15th lap and went on to win the 22-lap first race by 1.352 seconds. The win was his fourth in the world championship and his first at Phillip Island.

Northern Island's Laverty held off Italy's Michel Fabrizo for second place as Aprilia completed a clean sweep of the podium placings.

Spaniard Carlos Checa, who started from pole position on his Ducati after setting a lap record of 1 minute, 30.234 seconds in practice on Saturday, crashed at turn four on lap 13 and didn't finish.

Places were reversed in the second race with Laverty beating Guintoli into second by 0.418 seconds. This time, it was Guintoli who led for much of the race before being passed by his teammate.

World No 3 Marco Melandri of Italy, who was brought down in the same crash as Checa in the first race, was third on a BMW and Fabrizio fourth.

The next round of the championships is at Aragon, Spain from April 12 to 14.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Goalkeeper saves five penalties with his FACE!

Nothing, and we mean nothing, will keep goalkeeper Scott Stirling from stopping the ball!

 
 

Men24.com

Hottie of the day: Jesselyn
This invention makes farts smell like chocolate!
11 things men don’t know about their clothes
Hilarious mortal kombat elevator prank!
 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
Vote

Hypothetically, given the same cars to drive, who is the most talented current Formula One driver in your opinion?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.