Guintoli, Laverty win races at Superbike opener

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Associated Press

Posted on February 24, 2013 at 4:06 AM

Updated Sunday, Feb 24 at 4:06 AM

PHILLIP ISLAND, Australia (AP) — Aprilia riders Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty swapped first and second placings on Sunday in the two races that made up the opening round of the Superbike World Championship.

Guintoli of France, who started from the second row, passed factory teammate Laverty on the 15th lap and went on to win the 22-lap first race by 1.352 seconds. The win was his fourth in the world championship and his first at Phillip Island.

Northern Island's Laverty held off Italy's Michel Fabrizo for second place as Aprilia completed a clean sweep of the podium placings.

Places were reversed in the second race with Laverty beating Guintoli into second by 0.418 seconds. World No. 3 Marco Melandri of Italy was third on a BMW.

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