Summer temperatures and sunny skies greeted riders for the first round of the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship which took place on Sunday 22 February at the Australian circuit of Phillip Island.
Results obtained during qualifying and Superpole meant that Sylvain Barrier, riding with the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team, lined up on the sixth row of the grid, in seventeenth place.
In race one, Barrier made a great start which allowed him to lap in thirteenth position, among a group of five riders. The Frenchman then lost a couple of positions before closing the race in fifteenth place. Sylvain also got away well in race two. With a faster pace compared to the first race, he finished in twelfth position.
“This weekend I never managed to find a good feeling with the Phillip Island track,” said Barrier. “At the start of testing we worked hard on the chassis and on the electronics of my S 1000 RR, and that has improved a lot as a result. Unfortunately since then, every time I’ve tried to increase my pace, I’ve had riding issues and crashed. For this reason I didn’t want to push too hard, as I didn’t want to compromise a season that’s only just beginning. I thank my team for all their help and I hope to pay them back with better results in the next races.”
This was a view shared by Team Director Gerardo Acocella, who stated: “Overall it was a challenging weekend. The positive is that we have completed a lot of work – successfully – on our bike, managing to solve some of the problems that you typically have with a new bike and that need to be developed on track. Unfortunately Sylvain was unable to express his full potential on this track and the crashes he suffered caused him to lose confidence and meant that he didn’t want to take too many risks. This explains the race results, which are not in line with our expectations, considering the possible level of performance of the bike. We return home knowing that we’ve completed positive work and are sure that in the next races Barrier will be able to show off his true talent.”
The next round of the Superbike World Championship is scheduled to take place over the weekend of 20-22 March at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand.