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2013 WSBK: Camier and Suzuki Still the Fastest at Phillip Island

Leon Camier (check his scraped leathers) had the best time during the first day of official WSBK training at Phillip Island. The day was a bit better for most riders, even though German pilot Max Neukirchner had a very bad fall and had to be taken to the hospital by helicopter.
Leon Camier 1 photo
The hot weather favored the Pirelli tires and we saw fewer accidents. Riders who skipped the decond private test day have returned to the track: Jules Cluzel and Tom Sykes are back aboard their bikes are shaking the last week's wipeout off.

Ayrton Badovini was not recovered after his serious crash which torched his Ducati last week so he decided to skip the day. Carlos Checa, his team mate and hospital neighbor for a brief period of time, solved his blocked intestine problem and raced hard, ending the first day in 6th position.

The Aprilia RSV4 machines had a good day, Fabrizio and Laverty ending up in 3rd and 4th, just behind Leon Haslam and his Pata Honda bike. Good for Melandri, too, as he managed to ride his BMW a tad faster than Checa.

Here is the official timing for day 1:

1. Leon Camier (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'31 .243
2. Leon Haslam (Honda World Superbike Pata) Honda CBR1000RR 1'31 .396
3. Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'31 .401
4. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'31 .452
5. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1'31 .485
6. Carlos Checa (Ducati Team Alstare) 1199 Panigale Ducati 1'31 .523
7. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'31 .701
8. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'31 .966
9. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Pata) Honda CBR1000RR 1'31 .980
10. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32 .061
11. Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1'32 .077
12. Jamie Stauffer (Honda Racing Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'32 .231
13. Ivan Clementi (HTM Racing) BMW S1000 RR 1'32 .789
14. Jules Cluzel (Fixi Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'32 .817
15. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Grillini Dentalmatic SBK) BMW S1000 RR 1'33 .162
16. Max Neukirchner (MR-Racing) Ducati 1199 Panigale 1'33 .541
17. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33 .628
18. Glen Allerton (Next Gen Motorsports) BMW S1000 RR 1'34 .009
19. Federico Sandi (Pedercini Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'34 .094
20. Alexander Lundh (Pedercini Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'34 .612
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