Pedercini WSBK stand-in Bryan Staring rode from the fifth row of the grid to tenth in race one of the 2012 season-opener, held in front of his home fans at Phillip Island on Sunday.

Staring, due to race for Pedercini in STK this year, was called up to replace the injured Leandro Mercado.

His result marked only the fourth time a Pedercini rider has finished in the WSBK top ten since the team switched to Kawasaki in 2008.

But the second race was less fruitful, with Staring reduced to 16th due to mysterious rear grip problems.

"All in all, I guess we had a good Sunday, meaning that we had a good first race," he said. "I found the second race very hard, I think maybe I was a little fatigued from race one and had trouble finding grip and finding my rhythm.

"I can't really explain what the problem was, and I'm disappointed with that result, but I have to be happy with how race one went, and the fact that I earned some important points."

Injured team-mate David Salom rode through the pain of his freshly fractured wrist to claim points for 14th place in race one, but couldn't last the distance in race two.

"In race one my start was not so bad but I was really worried about my injured right wrist. I experienced a lot of pain, mainly because I had decided against using an anaesthetic," he revealed.

"I don't know how I was able to finish race one but I came home in 14th place, obtaining two points. In race two I again opted out of using an anaesthetic but towards the middle of the race I started to feel a lot of pain and so decided to come into the pits.

"Now I have one month to improve my poor physical condition in order to be ready for the next races in Imola. I want to thank my team for all of their hard work during the weekend."


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