Alstare Suzuki's Troy Corser left the field behind from the start of the first race of the World Superbike championship from Valencia.

He was unchallenged throughout the race and won by a commanding eight seconds.

Regis Laconi from Xerox Ducati who had been due to start from third place on the grid opted not to race after his off in warm up. He sustained a gash from his helmet in the fall and was out cold for a few moments so as a precaution the Doctors at the Clinicia Mobile sent him to Valencia hospital for an MRI scan.

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Chris Vermeulen on the Winston Ten Kate finished in second place with Suzuki riding Yukio Kagayama in third. Yamaha France rider Norrick Abe, who run much of the race in third, unfortunately crashed out with only two laps to go.

This however moved Kagayama and PSG-1 Kawasaki rider Chris Walker into third and fourth respectively. Walker didn't get the start that he had wanted and got caught up in traffic. However he had a good battle with Yukio Kagayama and hopes to be on the podium in the next race.

Max Neukirchner on the Klaffi Honda had a huge high side on lap one. Lorenzo Lanzi had to avoid Neukirchner as he flew through the air unfortunately Lanzi crashed in doing so and has broken his collar bone. Neukirchner surprisingly considering the magnitude of the crash is ok.

Karl Muggeridge also got caught up in the chaos and ended up in the gravel. He was able to restart and get back in the race.

Ben Bostrom on the Renegade Koji Honda managed a twelfth place finish. After the difficult start to the season it look like the team and Bostrom are starting to pull things together.

Toseland on the remaining Xerox Ducati managed a top ten finish as predicated by his team he came home in eighth place.

Top ten
1. Corser
2. Vermeulen
3. Kagayama
4. Walker
5. Haga
6. Gimbert
7. Chili
8. Toseland
9. Fuertes
10. Checa