Ducati & Aprilia have kicked off the seson in WSB with clear intentions. The Italian machines showed the usual domination of the field at Phillip Island last weekend, but a fantastic performance from Tom Sykes on the Kawasaki ZX-10R is equally impressive for the Japanese manufacturer, who have been without a WSB win for much too long now. Kawasaki's ZX-10R is the best selling 1000cc Sportsbike in Australia and the USA, but has had little success on the track.
Having failed to impress down under for a long time, Max Biaggi showed that he has what it takes to bounce back and silence the critics (well for the weekend anyway), setting a new lap record of 1'31.785 on the RSV4 APRC, deposing Troy Corser's five year old record on the Suzuki GSXR-1000.
Biaggi took the race 1 victory after Carlos Checa checked out with a massive highside. After the race, a visibly emotional max, seemed pleased to finally shake off the bad results of the past at the circuit. Max & the Aprilia are going to be one of the dominating forces this year.
Checa recovered from his race 1 crash to take victory in race 2, showing Biaggi the way round.
Tom Sykes has put Kawasaki on the podium on the first round, after some very intense winter season testing. Sykes' riding style suits the kawasaki, and there is no doubt that the team is making excellent progress. His third place finish in race 2 was down to some good planning enabling him to slip past Jonathan Rea on the last corner of the last lap, and nail it to the finish.