Minggu, 22 Juli 2012

World Superbike Brno Results 2012

After dramatic finishes in both Race 1 and 2, BMW Motorrad’s Marco Melandri earned a perfect weekend at Brno, giving BMW its first, and second victories at the Czech circuit. Melandri outpaced Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes in both contests, further frustrating the British rider’s campaign for his first dry condition Superbike win. Sykes’ teammate Loris Baz had his best weekend of the season, earning his first podium in Race 1 and holding to within the top ten in Race 2. 

Race 1
Marco Melandri missed the top spot in Fridays timed session by a fraction of a second.
Marco Melandri came out on top in Race 1 at Brno.
Melandri took the win in Race 1 at Brno after making it to the front in the final laps of the contest, beating out long time race leader Tom Sykes. Sykes’ teammate Loris Baz rounded out the podium, earning his first top three finish of the season and marking his third time coming across the finish in the top ten since filling in for the injured Joan Lascorz. The session was declared wet, though just a handful of damp patches remained on track at the opening of the race and by the end, the sun was blazing and most of the wet spots had dried out.

Melandri came through the first lap in sixth, falling soon after to eighth in a tight battle for position between himself, his teammate Leon Haslam, Honda’s Jonathan Rea and Liberty Racing Team Effenbert’s Jakub Smrz. After half the race had passed, Melandri started to stage his comeback, powering through the ranks until he’d reached third on Lap 17. Rea had already made the push to the front and was battling with Sykes for the lead, then while coming around a turn late in the race the two collided, sending Rea flying off his bike and allowing Melandri to get past Sykes for the front with just two laps remaining. Rea was able to walk away from the incident, but was visibly shaken.

Baz staged one of his best performances of the season, coming out in fifth through Lap 1 and holding in the top five for the entire contest. Once Rea went down, he battled with Althea Racing’s Carlos Checa for the final spot on the rostrum, beating out the 2011 world champion in the final two laps.

Following Checa in fifth was Aprilia Racing’s Eugene Laverty and teammate Max Biaggi in sixth. The RSV4 riders struggled through the entire contest, sitting as far back as ninth and tenth respectively through a number of the opening laps. Laverty forged ahead mid-race, getting to fifth on Lap 11 and holding relatively steady there until the checkers. Biaggi made the jump from seventh to sixth in the final laps after Rea crashed out.

Haslam came through in seventh, followed by BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet’s Michel Fabrizio in eighth and Team Effenbert Liberty Racing’s Maxime Berger in ninth. Berger had one of his finest moments so far this season, leading the pack through four laps early in the contest. He soon slipped back, falling to fifth by mid-race and finally to 10th for much of the second half. He too jumped up one position as a result of Rea’s fall. Smrz rounded out the top ten.
 
Besides Rea, Checa’s teammate Davide Giugliano also crashed during the contest. Giugliano was fastest during Friday’s practice and timed sessions and came off the start in Race 1 challenging for the lead. Just three laps in though, the Ducati rider went down. He scrambled to rejoin the action but soon after had to head to the pits with issues stemming from his accident.

World Superbike Brno Race 1 Results 2012: 1. Marco Melandri (BMW) 
2. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 
3. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) 
4. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 
5. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) 
6. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) 
7. Leon Haslam (BMW) 
8. Michel Fabrizio (BMW) 
9. Maxime Berger (Ducati) 
10. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) 
11. Chaz Davies (Aprilia) 
12. Alessandro Polita (Ducati) 
13. Norino Brignola (BMW) 
14. Leon Camier (Suzuki) 
15. John Hopkins (Suzuki) 
16. Lorenzo Zanetti (Ducati) 
17. Viktor Kispataki (Honda) 
18. David Salom (Kawasaki) 

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