WSBK: Sunshine & Motorbikes for Race 1 at MMP

05/29/2012 @ 5:21 am, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on WSBK: Sunshine & Motorbikes for Race 1 at MMP

Memorial Day was finally greeted with some proper racing weather at Miller Motorsports Park, and World Superbike racing was underway Monday at WSBK’s only stop in the USA. With the Ducatis lacking speed on Miller’s long front straight, the Italain contingency made up for its horsepower deficit in MMP’s many curves. Surprisingly, this lead to Jakub Smrz taking the Superpole on Sunday, and with Carlos Checa and Davide Giugliano sitting on the front row, only Tom Sykes could mix things up with his #3 spot on the grid.

As the lights went out, it was Sykes who took the lead into the first turns, followed closely by Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri. Sykes’ lead would be short-lived though, as the Englishman slowly drifted back through the field. As Carlos Checa yoyo’d himself to the lead, making ground on the technical bends of Miller, and then losing pace on the track’s longer straights, the Spaniard on his Ducati 1098R finally bested Marco Melandri’s BMW S1000RRR.

Once able to get some space from Melandri, Checa rode his own race, and finished over two seconds ahead of the Italian, who had as similar gap back to third. Battling for the final podium spot was Max Biaggi and Jonathan Rea, and the pair had a good battle to the finish, which saw the former-WSBK Champion overcoming Rea’s valiant efforts.

For the American contingency, it was a forgettable race, as Jake Holden, Shane Turpin, and John Hopkins all found the gravel at their home track.

Race 1 Results from World Superbike at Miller Motorsports Park, USA:

1.Carlos ChecaAlthea RacingDucati 1098R38’21.283
2.Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR38’23.5962.313
3.Max BiaggiAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory38’26.6215.338
4.Jonathan ReaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR38’26.8005.517
5.Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory38’33.48412.201
6.Jakub SmrzLiberty Racing Team EffenbertDucati 1098R38’34.54513.262
7.Chaz DaviesParkinGO MTC RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory38’40.94519.662
8.Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R38’42.57521.292
9.Michel FabrizioBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR38’42.73321.450
10.Leon HaslamBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR38’44.71623.433
11.Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingDucati 1098R38’44.97923.696
12.Sylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R38’46.03524.752
13.Leon CamierFIXI Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100038’50.68329.400
14.Ayrton BadoviniBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR38’52.50531.222
15.Loris BazKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R38’54.24932.966
16.Maxime BergerTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R38’56.69235.409
17.Hiroshi AoyamaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR39’13.43652.153
18.Shane TurpinBoulder Motor SportsDucati 1098R38’49.4561 LAP
19.Jake HoldenGrillini Progea Superbike TeamBMW S1000 RR39’00.8431 LAP
RETLeandro MercadoTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R
RETLorenzo ZanettiPATA Racing TeamDucati 1098R
RETJohn HopkinsFIXI Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R1000
RETDavid SalomTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R
RETNiccoló CanepaRed Devils RomaDucati 1098R

Source: WSBK; Photo: © 2012 Rick Grayston – All Rights Reserved

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