With the weather being fair, though cooler and windier at Aragon than some would prefer, World Superbike racing was underway in Spain as Tom Sykes sat on pole…yet again. Fast on Saturday’s, the Englishman has been unable to convert his Superpole dominance into real race results, though the Kawasaki Racing racer was the only rider during qualifying to break into the 1’36 timezone.
Showing more promise with their race pace were the factory Aprilias of Max Biaggi and Eugene Laverty, who will start second and third on the grid, respectively. Rounding out the front row was Leon Haslam, who bested his teammate Marco Melandri.
With the lights going out, it was Sykes who lead Laverty, Biaggi, Melandri, and Davide Giugliano through the first turn. Not everyone would get through the first turn though, as Jonathan Rea and several others got mixed up in a multi-bike pile-up in Turn 1.
Despite having a golden moment in the Championship from this incident, Skyes’ lead at the front would be short-lived as Laverty and then Biaggi would get past him. As Biaggi took over from his teammate, Sykes again found himself mugged, this time by Melandri who was on a charge to the front.
With 16 laps to go, Melandri was past Laverty, and the battle for first between the two Italians was underway. Going all the way down to the final laps, both Biaggi and Melandri had their moments in front, but it was the BMW’s worn tires that proved to be the fatal flaw in Melandri’s attack plane. Able to manage his tread to the end, Biaggi took a comfortable, but close, win over his rival.
With nine seconds between the front-runners and podium-man Carlos Checa, the gap was mainly due to the massive pace put down by Biaggi and Melandri, but was also aided by Sykes and Badovini coming together with two laps remaining, as the Italian lost the front tire, and took out Sykes in the process.
Race 1 Results from World Superbike at Aragon, Spain:
|1.||Max Biaggi||Aprilia Racing Team||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||39’51.188||–|
|2.||Marco Melandri||BMW Motorrad Motorsport||BMW S1000 RR||39’51.466||0.278|
|3.||Carlos Checa||Althea Racing||Ducati 1098R||40’00.650||9.462|
|4.||Chaz Davies||ParkinGO MTC Racing||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||40’02.015||10.827|
|5.||Eugene Laverty||Aprilia Racing Team||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||40’06.896||15.708|
|6.||Michel Fabrizio||BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet||BMW S1000 RR||40’18.785||27.597|
|7.||Leon Haslam||BMW Motorrad Motorsport||BMW S1000 RR||40’20.220||29.032|
|8.||Davide Giugliano||Althea Racing||Ducati 1098R||40’30.562||39.374|
|9.||Leon Camier||FIXI Crescent Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000||40’32.075||40.887|
|10.||Maxime Berger||Team Effenbert Liberty Racing||Ducati 1098R||40’32.628||41.44|
|11.||Niccoló Canepa||Red Devils Roma||Ducati 1098R||40’33.244||42.056|
|12.||Sylvain Guintoli||Team Effenbert Liberty Racing||Ducati 1098R||40’33.557||42.369|
|13.||Lorenzo Zanetti||PATA Racing Team||Ducati 1098R||40’33.857||42.669|
|14.||Hiroshi Aoyama||Honda World Superbike Team||Honda CBR1000RR||40’39.198||48.01|
|15.||John Hopkins||FIXI Crescent Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000||40’40.940||49.752|
|16.||Jonathan Rea||Honda World Superbike Team||Honda CBR1000RR||40’45.778||54.59|
|17.||Norino Brignola||Grillini Progea Superbike Team||BMW S1000 RR||41’50.841||119.653|
|RET||Tom Sykes||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki ZX-10R||37’59.942|
|RET||Ayrton Badovini||BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet||BMW S1000 RR||38’00.256|
|RET||David Salom||Team Pedercini||Kawasaki ZX-10R||37’42.556|
|RET||Leandro Mercado||Team Pedercini||Kawasaki ZX-10R||20’25.914|
|RET||Loris Baz||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki ZX-10R||17’07.882|
|RET||Jakub Smrz||Liberty Racing Team Effenbert||Ducati 1098R|