Seven manufacturers take to Phillip Island SBK grid

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Rookie Ben Spies took Superpole at the opening round of the 2009 SBK season at Phillip Island today, kicking off what’s sure to be an exciting season. Seven manufacturers — Aprilia, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Ducati, Honda, Suzuki and BMW — are competing this year creating a very full grid of 32 riders. Compare that to MotoGP’s five manufacturers and 18 riders, then factor in exciting new bikes like the BMW S1000RR, Aprilia RSV4 and the crossplane crankshaft R1 and you have a recipe for a bumper year of superbike racing.
That’s before you consider the list of insanely talented riders — in
addition to Spies, such names as Biaggi, Haga, Corser, Checa, Haslam
and Xaus are participating — and the single tire manufacturer: Pirelli.
This should be some close racing. Superpole times indicate that as
well. Spies, who’s never even seen Phillip Island outside a video game,
set a lap of 1’31.069; while, aboard the unproven RSV4, Biaggi lapped
in 1’31.402. The S1000RRs looked a little off the pace, with Corser
setting a 1’32.873 time.

The only fly in the ointment? We can’t figure out how we’re going to
watch the races. Speed will be showing only race one (at 4pm EST) and
we can’t get the’s streaming video to work on our fancy
Macs. Any ideas?

  • Raymond Adams

    This is gonna be exciting racing!
    I don’t know how to watch the second race, but if you find out, please tell us how.

  • Rob B

    Hey Wes & Grant, just back home from Phillip Island and apart from riding there in the rain this morning, it was a great day, big crowd, and some fantastic racing. This is going to be a great year for the Superbikes!

  • Nick

    You can install Flip4Mac which lets you watch Windows Media content via Quicktime (or something). You can get it at Microsoft’s Mactopia site. That’s how I watched the races today.

  • Terrence

    You don’t get to see it live, but the coverage is way better then what Speed will ever put on. I usually get to see super pole too.

  • hoyt

    I haven’t been this interested in road-racing for a long time. The rider & manufacturing diversity is fantastic.

  • Mark

    Hi Terence,

    I tried to get onto but they ask for an ‘invitation code’?
    Any idea what this might be?

  • ANDY

    It looks like SPEED is showing the second Superbike race the following Wednesday??? This is on DirectTV satellite. The Supersport race was even show earlier than this (Tues i believe).

  • Shrike

    yea. RU locked down the site. You must now be invited by one of the members and we only get 2 codes to invite… sorry but I doled out my 2 already.

  • Scott Yoast

    WSBK! I have been watching this series for about 5 years and it just gets better every single season. Ben Spies is the best rider in the world right now; thanks to Matt Mladin pushing him to the limits and beyond the past 4 years in the AMA Superbike. has the streaming video blocked in the USA until one week after the race. You will have full access once SPEED has shown all its delayed taped versions. One good thing is that SPEED is picking up Saturday afternoon time slots and will show the SBK races back to back!!

    The future of Road Racing is right here at WSBK. If you are in the United States, GO TO UTAH and watch this year May 31, 2009 at Miller Motorsports Park. They have the best facility I have ever seen and the atmosphere is family friendly. Don’t miss seeing this series live!