WSBK: Duel to the Finish for Race 1 at Aragon

07/01/2012 @ 6:25 pm, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

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 BiaggiAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory39’51.188
2.Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR39’51.4660.278
3.Carlos ChecaAlthea RacingDucati 1098R40’00.6509.462
4.Chaz DaviesParkinGO MTC RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory40’02.01510.827
5.Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory40’06.89615.708
6.Michel FabrizioBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR40’18.78527.597
7.Leon HaslamBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR40’20.22029.032
8.Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingDucati 1098R40’30.56239.374
9.Leon CamierFIXI Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100040’32.07540.887
10.Maxime BergerTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R40’32.62841.44
11.Niccoló CanepaRed Devils RomaDucati 1098R40’33.24442.056
12.Sylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R40’33.55742.369
13.Lorenzo ZanettiPATA Racing TeamDucati 1098R40’33.85742.669
14.Hiroshi AoyamaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR40’39.19848.01
15.John HopkinsFIXI Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100040’40.94049.752
16.Jonathan ReaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR40’45.77854.59
17.Norino BrignolaGrillini Progea Superbike TeamBMW S1000 RR41’50.841119.653
RETTom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R37’59.942
RETAyrton BadoviniBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR38’00.256
RETDavid SalomTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R37’42.556
RETLeandro MercadoTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R20’25.914
RETLoris BazKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R17’07.882
RETJakub SmrzLiberty Racing Team EffenbertDucati 1098R

Source: WSBK

  • Faust

    I felt so bad for Sykes at the end of this one. Tough luck. I agree that Melandri’s tire situation at the end proved his downfall (he even said as much post-race) but it was definately due to how hard he had to push through the crowd to try and catch Biaggi (who was running great laps) that did his tires in. Great showing by Marco!

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  • Damo


    Agreed seeing Sykes go down on the penultimate lap was gutting. Those points would have been great damage control in the championship standings.

    Everyone from 2nd-3rd place keeps leapfrogging each other in the championship standings, all they are doing is helping Max grow his lead. I think baring anything crazy, Biaggi has this season wrapped up.