WSBK: Race Results for Race 1 at Imola

04/01/2012 @ 9:17 am, by Jensen Beeler4 COMMENTS

Round 2 of the 2012 World Superbike Championship comes from Imola today, and features six manufacturers in the top seven qualifying positions. With weather conditions favorable for racing, Italian motorcycle fans were treated to a great competition between the WSBK riders. Favored to win was the man on the local machine, Carlos Checa, but he would have to contest with pole-sitter Tom Sykes and his Kawasaki ZX-10R. Also always a crowd favorite in Italy is former-WSBK Champion Max Biaggi, who qualified a disappointing fifth, but still could not be counted out from a good result. Continue reading for spoilers and race results from World Superbike Race 1 at Imola.

Taking the holeshot as the lights went out, Tom Sykes was able to convert is pole-position start into an immediate race result, and lead Carlos Checa, Max Biaggi, and Sylvain Guintoli through the first turns. The order would be short-lived though, as Guintoli and Leon Haslam would dice things up, with the Englishman running wide going into Imola’s chicane, forcing both riders to cut across the gravel. As Guintoli re-entered the race track, his Effenbert Ducati high-sided, which sent both the Italian and Anglo-American John Hopkins into the tarmac and the opposing run-off.

As the race continued on, Skyes and Checa pulled away from the rest of the field. With Sykes leading, the reigning World Superbike Champion bided his time until the middle of the race to get around the Kawasaki rider. Riding to a comfortable victory, Carlos Checa added another notch to his belt, while Sykes finished an impressive second. Battling to the end, Haslam would overcome Biaggi for the final spot on the podium for Race 1 at Imola.

Race Results from World Superbike Race 1 at Imola, Italy:

1Carlos ChecaAlthea RacingDucati 1098R
2Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R3.206
3Leon HaslamBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR5.593
4Max BiaggiAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory6.519
5Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory24.662
6Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR27.261
7Joan LascorzKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R27.384
8Lorenzo ZanettiPATA Racing TeamDucati 1098R28.299
9Jonathan ReaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR34.067
10Niccoló CanepaRed Devils RomaDucati 1098R35.724
11Jakub SmrzLiberty Racing Team EffenbertDucati 1098R36.738
12Maxime BergerTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R37.257
13John HopkinsCrescent Fixi SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100050.418
14Leandro MercadoTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R53.623
15Ayrton BadoviniBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR53.942
16Brett McCormickLiberty Racing Team EffenbertDucati 1098R54.139
17Mark AitchisonGrillini Progea Superbike TeamBMW S1000 RR57.944
18Hiroshi AoyamaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR66.233
19David SalomTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1 Lap
RT.Michel FabrizioBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR
RT.Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingDucati 1098R
RT.Sylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R
RT.Chaz DaviesParkinGO MTC RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory
RT.Leon CamierCrescent Fixi SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R1000
RT.Lorenzo AlfonsiTeam Pro Ride Real Game HondaHonda CBR1000RR

Source: WSBK

  • Westward

    In Motogp, Melandri seemed to get along well with the Kawasaki. If he were smarter, he should have continued to build a relationship there, and hone his skills on that machine. I could have been Melandri on the podium twice, instead of Sykes. It could have also been Melandri the double winner over Checa.

    In short, “yeah,” the Kawasaki is that good, and this coming from a Ducatisti…

  • Westward

    I would also like to see what Camier, Aoyama, or Badovini can do on a Kawasaki…

  • irksome

    Nice to see Kawasaki and BMW on the podium, this bodes well for a competitive season.

    Especially nice to see Biaggi NOT on the podium… twice.

  • Adam

    Wow look at that gap between 4th and 5th place. sorta looks like MotoGP… hmmm.

    3 out of 4 wins, looks like Carlos is the one to beat this year.