Northern Ireland’s Eugene Laverty has produced a masterful performance to win the opening world superbike race at Phillip Island this afternoon.

After completing lap one in seventh and nearly 5 seconds down on the leader, Laverty put his head down and carved his way through the pack with speed and precision, finally hitting the lead on lap 17 and going on to win by nearly three seconds. It was Suzuki’s first world superbike victory since 2010, and Laverty’s second at Phillip Island.

Factory Aprilia pairing Marco Melandri and long-time race leader Sylvain Guintoli – he held the station for the opening 16 laps — flashed across the finish line in second and third, while Ducati’s Davide Guigliano (Ducati) faded to finish fourth after spending the majority of the race in the top three.

Loris Baz (Kawasaki) finally got the better of a race-long scrap with Jonathan Rea (Honda), while world champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) started his campaign in seventh. Chaz Davies (Ducati) was a lonely eighth in the 22-lapper, and also set a new lap record of 1:30.949 on lap two, eclipsing Laverty’s 1:31.168 from 2013.

Australia’s Glenn Allerton (BMW) was superb, and was heavily involved in a ding-dong scrap for Evo class honours with David Salom (Kawasaki) and Niccolo Canepa (Ducati). The internationals eventually got the better of him, but the Australian still picked up world championship points after finishing 11th, and third overall in the EVO category.

Casualties in race one included rookie Alex Lowes (Suzuki), Toni Elias (Aprilia) and Leon Haslam (Honda), who all crashed at high speed within the opening five laps.

Race two will be held at 2:40pm this afternoon.

Superbike Race One Results

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4 58 E.LAVERTY IRL VoltcomCrescentSuzuki SuzukiGSX-R1000 22 1’30.969 317,6 1’30.385 305,9 25

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3 33 M.MELANDRI ITA ApriliaRacingTeam ApriliaRSV4Factory 22 2.959 1’30.968 318,6 1’30.332 319,5 20

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1 50 S.GUINTOLI FRA ApriliaRacingTeam ApriliaRSV4Factory 22 3.034 1’31.091 317,6 1’30.038 317,6 16

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2 34 D.GIUGLIANO ITA DucatiSuperbikeTeam Ducati1199PanigaleR 22 6.972 1’30.990 312,1 1’30.135 309,5 13

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7 76 L.BAZ FRA KawasakiRacingTeam KawasakiZX-10R 22 11.132 1’31.191 316,7 1’30.796 306,8 11

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6 65 J. REA GBR PATAHondaWorldSuperbike HondaCBR1000RR 22 11.718 1’31.269 314,0 1’30.660 307,7 10

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8 T. SYKES GBR KawasakiRacingTeam KawasakiZX-10R 22 15.612 1’31.307 320,5 1’30.835 308,6 9

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11 C.DAVIES GBR DucatiSuperbikeTeam Ducati1199PanigaleR 22 25.724 1’30.949 313,0 1’31.281 305,1 8

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12 44 D.SALOM ESP KawasakiRacingTeam KawasakiZX-10REVO 22 37.407 1’32.807 303,4 1’31.950 297,5 7

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10 59 N.CANEPA ITA AltheaRacing Ducati1199 PanigaleREVO 22 37.468 1’32.251 302,5 1’31.274 294,3 6

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19 14 G.ALLERTON AUS BMWMotorradItaliaSBK BMWS1000RREVO 22 39.271 1’32.892 306,8 1’33.605 291,9 5

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15 F. FORET FRA MAHIRacingTeam India KawasakiZX-10REVO 22 45.212 1’32.980 300,0 1’32.248 290,3 4

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14 71 C.CORTI ITA MVAgustaRC-Yakhnich M. MVAgustaF4RR 22 50.249 1’33.154 303,4 1’32.187 300,0 3

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17 11 J. GUARNONI FRA MRSKawasaki KawasakiZX-10REVO 22 1’17.134 1’33.695 295,9 1’33.146 291,9 2

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18 32 S.MORAIS RSA IRONBRAINKawasakiSBK KawasakiZX-10REVO 22 1’23.686 1’33.486 295,1 1’33.404 291,1 1

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20 10 I. TOTH HUN BMWTeamToth BMWS1000RR 22 1’30.651 1’34.664 307,7 1’34.137 303,4

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22 20 A.YATES USA Team HeroEBR EBR1190 RX 21 1  Lap 1’35.830 274,8 1’35.521
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RET 16 21 A.ANDREOZZI ITA TeamPedercini KawasakiZX-10REVO 14 8  Laps 1’33.723 299,2 1’32.902 298,3
RET 9 91 L.HASLAM GBR PATAHondaWorldSuperbike HondaCBR1000RR 4 18  Laps 1’31.566 314,0 1’31.138 306,8
RET 5 22 A.LOWES GBR VoltcomCrescentSuzuki SuzukiGSX-R1000 3 19  Laps 1’31.082 320,5 1’30.421 305,1
RET 13 24 T. ELIAS ESP RedDevilsRoma ApriliaRSV4Factory 3 19  Laps 1’32.032 319,5 1’32.107 307,7
WSBK 2014 Race One Podium Phillip Island
WSBK 2014 Race One Podium Phillip Island

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