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Phillip Island WorldSSP Results, RACE 1 | No stopping Montella as he powers clear to win opener

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Yari Montella opened up his 2024 WorldSBK Championship victory account in fine style with a dominant victory in the opening race of the season at Phillip Island.

The Barni Spark Racing Ducati rider was in fine form as he timed his mandatory pit-stop to perfection to put a margin between himself and the opposition mid-way through the race before protecting his sizeable advantage to the chequered flag.

The win marks only his second in WorldSSP and his first since the final round of the 2022 season, also achieved at the Australian venue.


A race of high attrition that ebbed and flowed initially between the leading contenders, Montella was made to work hard for victory during the first-half of the race when a poor getaway from an inherited pole position handed the advantage over to Marcel Schroetter and Stefano Manzi initially.

Montella had been the rider to lead the field off the line after original pole sitter Adrian Huertas was consigned to the pit-lane following technical woes. Though the Spaniard - who suffered a big crash in qualifying on Friday after setting his benchmark lap and failed to complete a lap in warm-up - did get going from the pits, he would pull straight in at the end of lap one to retire.

With one of the main contenders out, Montella led at the end of the opening lap after bullying his way back past hole-shot rival Schroetter at Turn 2, but was overhauled at the front by Ten Kate Yamaha's Manzi on lap three.

Though the Italian - a runner-up in 2023 - attempted to build on a lead initially, he was steadily reeled in again by a break-away front group comprising himself, Montella, Schroetter and Valentin Debise.

Having steadied the ship after slipping more than a second behind at one stage, Montella launched a wave of attack on Manzi at the start of lap eight as the pit-stop - introduced to mitigate higher than expected rear tyre wear - window loomed. The move would prompt Manzi to lose his rhythm, allowing Schroetter and Debise through too, ensuring a margin had opened up between himself and his countryman as they chose to strike for the pit-lane first.

With Montella getting in first, he was also out well ahead of Manzi to the tune of five seconds, the ex-Moto2 rider immediately getting the hammer down to bridge any margin from the later-stopping Schroetter and Debise ahead.

His timing would prove shrewd though with Montella coming past the pit-exit well ahead of Debise - who had leapfrogged Schroetter during the stops - and into a much larger plus-six second lead he'd ultimately protect to the finish line.

Indeed, with no chance for his rivals to make in-roads on his advantage, Montella held his form to round out a dominant race winner, his first since joining the Barni Ducati squad at the start of the 2023 WorldSSP season.

Behind him, Debise's challenge ended shortly after his stop as he slid out of second place at Turn 5, leaving Manzi and Schroetter to dispute second and third. A recreation of several feuds between the two riders that raged in 2023, though the MV Agusta rider wouldn't allow his Yamaha counterpart to rest to the flag, it was Manzi that would come out on top for second.


Tom Booth-Amos crashes out of top ten, John McPhee stars

In a race of high attrition, there were several high-profile casualties in addition to Debise and Huertas with Glenn van Straalen and Can Once eliminating themselves from proceedings with a tangle at Turn 1 on the opening lap

There was also disappointment for British rider Tom Booth-Amos after he crashed out during the first-half of the race having picked his way through to a high of sixth place following a strong getaway.

Instead it was left to Federico Caricasulo to lead the 'best of the rest' in fourth place, the Italian making strong gains through the race after an early delay left him outside the top ten on the Motozoo ME AIR Racing MV Agusta.


He was followed by Oli Bayliss, who firmly put 12 months of persistent injury issues behind him to come on strong on home soil, much to the delight of the local fans. The D34G Ducati rider - son of triple WorldSBK Champion Troy Bayliss - was one of a handful of riders to make clear gains through the pit-stop period before holding his own in a tight fight for fourth to secure a career-best fifth.

Another rider to suffer at the start after a poor getaway, Bahattin Sofuoglu risked leaving his stop until the latest possible opportunity but capitalised on having stronger tyre life in the closing stages to pick up a top six finish on the second of the factory MV Agusta F3 RRs.

His charge was enough to demote Jorge Navarro, who looked on course for fourth until the closing stages on the WRP-RT Motorsports by SKM Triumph before being shuffled down to seventh.

That placed him just ahead of 2023 WorldSSP Phillip Island podium sitting team-mate John McPhee, who produced his strongest dry weather ride in the intermediate class with a fine charge up the order from 21st on the grid.

He held off the experienced Lucas Mahias, the 2017 WorldSSP Champion rallying hard up at the front early on before fading to ninth with a pit-stop intervention time penalty, while BritishSSP regular Tom Toparis held on for a top ten finish on his wild-card Stop & Seal entry.

With all 15 riders who stayed on the lead lap scoring points, the remaining digits were picked up by Yeray Ruiz, Anupab Sarmoon, Marcel Brenner - the only scoring Kawasaki rider - Ondrej Vostatek and Khairul Idham Bin Pawi, who nabbed a point for the new Honda CBR600RR package in 15th.

2024 WorldSSP Phillip Island | RACE 1 Results

Saturday | Conditions - Overcast, dry

🇦🇺 ⏱️ 2024 WorldSSP Results | Phillip Island | RACE 1 Results | Round 1 of 12
1Yari Montella🇮🇹BARNI Spark RacingDucati Panigale V218 Lapa
2Stefano Manzi🇮🇹Ten Kate RacingYamaha R6+6.666
3Marcel Schroetter🇩🇪MV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR+6.968
4Federico Caricasulo🇮🇹Motozoo ME AIR RacingMV Agusta F3 800 RR+16.748
5Oliver Bayliss🇦🇺D34G RacingDucati Panigale V2+17.452
6Bahattin Sofuoglu🇹🇷MV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR+17.590
7Jorge Navarro🇪🇦WRP-RT Motorsport by SKMTriumph STR 765 RS+18.066
8John McPhee🇬🇧WRP-RT Motorsport by SKMTriumph STR 765 RS+18.072
9Lucas Mahias🇫🇷GMT94Yamaha R6+21.741
10Tom Toparis🇦🇺Stop & Seal RacingYamaha R6+31.009
11Yeray Ruiz🇪🇦VFT RacingYamaha R6+32.350
12Anupab Sarmoon🇹🇭Yamaha Thailand Racing TeamYamaha R6+37.727
13Marcel Brenner🇨🇭Viamo RacingKawasaki ZX-6R+38.621
14Ondrej Vostatek🇨🇿PTRTriumph STR 765 RS+48.278
15Khairul Idham Bin Pawi🇲🇾Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR+57.807
16Krittapat Keankum🇹🇭Yamaha Thailand Racing TeamYamaha R6+1 Lap
17Niki Tuuli🇫🇮EAB RacingDucati Panigale V2+1 Lap
DNFGlenn van Straalen🇳🇱Ten Kate RacingYamaha R6-
DNFKaito Toba🇯🇵Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR-
DNFLorenzo Baldassarri🇮🇹Orelac Racing VerdnaturaDucati Panigale V2-
DNFNiccolo Antonelli🇮🇹Ecosantagata Althea RacingDucati Panigale V2-
DNFValentin Debise🇫🇷Evan Bros. TeamYamaha R6-
DNFTom Booth-Amos🇬🇧PTRTriumph STR 765 RS-
DNFHikari Okubo🇯🇵Vince64 Racing by PuccettiKawasaki ZX-6R-
DNFAdrian Huertas🇪🇦Aruba.it RacingDucati Panigale V2-
DNFCan Oncu🇹🇷Kawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-6R-
DNSPiotr Biesiekirski🇵🇱Ecosantagata Althea RacingDucati Panigale V2-

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit | Lap Records - WorldSSP

🇦🇺 ⏱️ 🏁 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit| Lap Records - WorldSSP
-RiderNatTeamBikeLap TImeYearClassification
-Andrea Locatelli🇬🇧BARDAHL Evan Bros. Racing Yamaha R61m 32.1762020All-Time Lap Record
-Sandro Cortese🇬🇧GRTYamaha R61m 33.0122018Best Race Lap
-Stefano Manzi🇹🇷Ten Kate RacingYamaha R61m 32.81420232023 Superpole

2024 WorldSBK & WorldSSP Phillip Island | Schedule & Programme

🇦🇺 ⏱️ 🏁 2024 WorldSBK & WorldSSP Phillip Island Schedule
-DayChampionshipSessionTime [Local]Time [UK +11h]
-23 Feb - FRIWorldSSPFP110.25 - 11.0523.25 (THUR) - 00.05
-23 Feb - FRIWorldSBKFP111.20 - 12.0500.20 - 01.05
-23 Feb - FRIWorldSSPSuperpole14.55 - 15.3503.55 - 04.35
-23 Feb - FRIWorldSBKFP216.00 - 16.4505.00 - 05.45
-24 Feb - SATWorldSBKFP310.00 - 10.2023.00 (FRI) - 23.20
-24 Feb - SATWorldSSPWarm-Up10.30 - 10.4023.30 (FRI) - 23.40
-24 Feb - SATWorldSBKSuperpole13.00 - 13.1502.00 - 02.15
-24 Feb - SATWorldSSPRACE 114.3003.30
-24 Feb - SATWorldSBKRACE 116.0005.00
-25 Feb - SUNWorldSBKWarm-Up10.30 - 10.4023.30 (SAT) - 23.40
-25 Feb - SUNWorldSSPWarm-Up10.50 - 11.0023.50 - 00.00
-25 Feb - SUNWorldSBKSUPERPOLE RACE13.0002.00
-25 Feb - SUNWorldSSPRACE 214.3003.30
-25 Feb - SUNWorldSBKRACE 216.0005.00

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