The opening round of the 2012 WSB series was held at Phillip Island in Australia yesterday, and all signs point to a more competitive championship this year, with a Kawasaki starting from pole position (Tom Sykes), and a BMW finding the second step on the podium. In Race 1, defending champ Carlos Checa (Ducati) crashed while in the lead, allowing 2010 champion Max Biaggi (Aprilia) to cruise to an easy win over second place Marco Melandri (BMW) and third place Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati).
Race 2 saw Checa bounce back and take the win, while Biaggi stormed to second place following an off-track excursion on lap 1. Tom Sykes finished third.
Biaggi has the points lead after Round 1. For additional details, results and points, visit the official WSB site.