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Checa crop small.jpgCARLOS Checa has taken the win in the second World Superbike Championship race at Phillip Island.

But it was Max Biaggi who stole the show by finishing second after working his way back through the pack from dead last after a running off the track in the first lap.

And Brit Tom Sykes took a hard-fought third after seeing-off Jonathan Rea's Honda over the line.

Biaggi crop small.jpgMAX Biaggi has won the first race of the 2012 World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island by seven seconds.

The Aprilia Racing Team rider led for most of the 22-lap race after Carlos Checa crashed out from the lead on Lap Six.

Second was the BMW Motorrad of Marco Melandri with Team Effenbert Liberty Racing's Sylvain Guintoli third.

TODAY'S Superpole session at Phillip Island has been cancelled following a fatal accident in an earlier support race.

It is believed Australian rider Oscar McIntyre was killed in a collision during the earlier Australian Superstock race.

Superpole was delayed as medics and police attended the scene but after an hour race chiefs decided to abandon the session completely.

Davies Crop blog head.jpgCHAZ Davies is out of this weekend's World Superbike Championship opening round after shattering his wrist during second qualifying at Phillip Island.

Davies highsided his Parkingo MTC Aprilia RSV4 Factory machine at Turn Two of the Australian track, just moments after securing his place in Superpole.

It is believed he suffered a broken left radius in the crash, and immediately withdrew from further proceedings.

Haga signs for Swan Yamaha 400.jpgSAMURAI of Slide Noriyuki Haga will ride for Guisborough-based Swan Yamaha this season after inking a deal to replace the injured Ian Hutchinson.

After weeks of gossip and rumours, the Japanese hotshot has today revealed he will return to Yamaha power to contest the 2012 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.

Nitro Nori comes to the UK with a total of 43 World Superbike Championship wins, finishing title runner-up three times and securing third a further four times.

13_Aprilia_Racing_LavertyBLOG.jpgTHIS is Eugene Laverty's new bike and team colours as he bids for World Superbike Championship glory in 2012.

The honorary Durham star joins racing legend Max Biaggi at the Aprilia Racing Team this season, and has already been tipped by many as the one to beat this year.

This week the team has finally unveiled its new colours and bike, with just a few weeks to go until the 2012 season kicks-off at Phillip Island, Australia at the end of the month.

WELL, it's been a while since I last blogged. November 21 to be precise.

But that's the thing with motorsport. Once the season ends we have six weeks or so when a few things happen with relation to the coming year, but then it all goes quiet.

Thankfully, February always heralds a new start.

Croft.jpgCROFT Circuit has tonight revealed it plans to be back on the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship calendar in 2013.

The news comes just hours after it was revealed the North Yorkshire circuit would not host a round of the leading two-wheel domestic championship in 2012.

Although BSB is now to run a round at Assen in The Netherlands next September, series officials confirmed today that Croft hadn't been lost at Assen's expense, and that it was actually the circuit itself which chose not to host an event.

Dutch superbikes.jpgTHE North East will not host a round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship next season after Croft has been sensationally cut from the calendar.

Instead, the series will cross the channel to The Netherlands as it tackles the famous Assen Circuit for the first time in September

It is believed that Croft had turned down the offer of a round of the successful and highly popular championship next year as it struggles to work around its tight noise restrictions.

Hill winner1.jpgSO.....the MCE Insurance British Superbike season is over, and what a year it's been.

I don't think I've ever seen such an exciting and dramatic climax to a season as the one we witnessed at Brands Hatch on Sunday afternoon.

The atmosphere was electric, the crowd fantastic and that last lap between Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill and the Samsung Crescent Suzuki of John Hopkins is doubtlessly one we will see for decades to come as an example of taking it right to the wire.

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