In Race 1, Eugene Laverty stormed to victory on his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki debut at Phillip Island in Australia, securing the first World Championship win for the Japanese manufacturer since 2010. Laverty fought back from a difficult start and made his way through from seventh to hunt down the leading pack of Davide Giugliano (Ducati), Marco Melandri (Aprilia) and Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) from lap seven. The Irishman advanced on the leaders, making his break for the lead on lap 17 and didn’t look back. The Yoshimura-powered GSX-R controlled the pace for the remaining five laps bringing the first victory for Crescent Suzuki on the world stage. Aprilia factory teammates Melandri and Guintoli were second and third, respectively.