As I looked over the results from this past weekend's opening round of the 2014 FIM Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island, big questions popped out. From the start, race 1 looked like an Aprilia show. Despite the departure of race manager Gigi Dall'Igna to Ducati, the RSV4 Factory is a mature machine with experienced riders, Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri. But then, on lap 17, Eugene Laverty, now on a supposedly "ancient" Suzuki GSX-R1000, came from behind to take the lead from Superpole-winner Guintoli. Laverty and his teammate, Alex Lowes, had been one and two at a preseason test in Portugal and quick in practice in Australia.