WSBK » Phillip Island - Race results (2)

Full race results (2) for the opening round of the 2012 World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island, Australia.

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February 26, 2012 5:19 AM

I know as a massive Ducati nutter, i may get ripped apart for this.
But if Ducati have to carry a extra 6kg, for there apparent performance advantage..
Why don't Aprilia have one for there missile like top speed?


February 26, 2012 5:20 AM

Spewing I am tv blew up had to watch live timing on sbk looked like Max got a shocking start but got to within just over 5 seconds gutted for JR looks like his tyres went off.

MM - Unregistered

February 26, 2012 5:24 AM

Biaggi's Aprilia is a missile! I'd have liked to have seen a comparison with Laverty's bike on the straight. Anybody got speed trap figures? A great recovery ride from Max though, bike or no bike. Really pleased to see the Kawasaki's tyres staying the distance finally, leading to a good last lap battle with Rea. Sykes did well to keep Biaggi at bay for a while too with some great braking. Gutsy rides from Laverty and Haslam and congratulations to Checa for the win. He needs to avoid dropping points at the twisty circuits where the Ducati's competitive though because the Aprilia's going to be fast everywhere.

Sump Rat 86

February 26, 2012 5:38 AM


excellent results for our friends from the united kingdom.
All the poms in the top five well done. Jonny Rea, Sykes and Leon Haslam did ride v well.

at least one Aussie finished in the points in each race.
Brian Staring's tenth was cool.

Not quite like the days of Australian riders dominating superbikes at Phillip Island

I love Troy Bayliss.

Congratulations to Don Carlos and Massimiliano Biaggi.

MM - Unregistered

February 26, 2012 5:48 AM

DucatiMatty - It does seem pretty crazy giving the V twin an extra 200cc and then adding weight to it. There is a certain logic to giving them more capacity because of the area/volume advantage of smaller cylinders, but once you go down that route you could argue that a V4 has advantages over an inline 4 and the bike ought to have extra width applied to the fairing to make the inline bikes competitive on top end. Once you introduce any form of handicap system to the 1000cc capacity and maximum number of cylinders rule you open a whole can of worms. They might as well use a horse racing handicap and keep adding weights to the winner to try to equalise the field. If a V4 works best, (within the current rules), then that's what the manufacturers ought to produce if they want to be competitive, but of course the point of Superbikes for the manufacturers is to advertise what they already produce.

sbkfan - Unregistered

February 26, 2012 7:22 AM

This argument of v twin vs inline 4 has been here for so long.

There is nothing stopping ducati making a v4 road bike and there is nothing stopping aprilia kawasaki bmw honda making a v twin.

I have been watching wsb for a few years now And it dose not take a rocket sientist to know that the v twin ducatis have long been the most consistant bikes for general performance. I say If that aprilia has good top speed then fair play to it,honda should make a v4, why they dont is a mistery to me cause it would come into line with its gp bike and that would be an even better selling point.

Biaggi has been getting put down for years because that aprilia is fast in a straight line, but who else has won a race on it. Clearly its not the best handling bike out there.

abc - Unregistered

February 26, 2012 9:33 AM


If v-twins were so good, they wouldnt need the extra 200cc's or the extra 250cc's like in the old days. Ducati have always had the rules in their favour. Like Motojunkie said, Honda made a v-twin and wiped the floor with the dukes.

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