WSBK: Race 2 Makes it a Foursome at Aragon

07/01/2012 @ 7:16 pm, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS

With Race 1 of World Superbike racing at Aragon proving to be a close-fought battle for the top podium spot, the anticipation for Race 2 at the Spanish track was high. Equally rising were the temperatures and wind speeds, which created a new challenge for WSBK teams to deal with in the second race. And though the usual suspects were up at the front of the pack, some newcomers joined them as well, treating World Superbike fans to some very close racing. Race results after the jump.

Getting the jump off the line, Max Biaggi lead Tom Sykes, and Eugene Laverty through the first turn, though the order would change only a couple corners later to Laverty, Biaggi, Haslam, Melandri, and Sykes. Despite the plethora of fast riders in the hunt, it was soon clear that a trio had the edge over the rest, as Biaggi lead Melandri and Laverty on a breakaway maneuver.

Showing his stripes, Laverty soon took over control from his teammate, a move Melandri would replicate as well later, with six laps remaining. The tussle at the front proved to be enough of a distraction for one very determined Chaz Davies to capitalize upon, as the Welsh rider caught up to the leading group, and joined the fray in the closing laps.

Now contesting with three Aprilia riders, Marco Melandri had his hands full on his BMW S1000RR, but was able to hold off the RSV4’s as he took the race win, matching Biaggi’s progress for the weekend. Giving the ParkinGO squad its first podium, Davies finished a very impressive third-place finish, while Laverty bested his first-chair teammate Max Biaggi, and rounded out the rostrum in second.

After this meeting in Aragon, Biaggi leads Melandri by 48 points in the World Superbike Championship. Meanwhile, the battle for third is heating up, as Jonathan Rea has 183 points, to Carlos Checa’s 175.5 and Tom Sykes’ 172.5 points. World Superbike comes at you again from Brno on July 22nd.

Race 2 Results from World Superbike at Aragon, Spain:

1.Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR39’59.200
2.Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory39’59.2420.042
3.Chaz DaviesParkinGO MTC RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory39’59.6460.446
4.Max BiaggiAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory39’59.6840.484
5.Jonathan ReaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR40’05.8116.611
6.Leon HaslamBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR40’06.6917.491
7.Carlos ChecaAlthea RacingDucati 1098R40’08.5259.325
8.Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R40’09.64410.444
9.Ayrton BadoviniBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR40’10.02810.828
10.Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingDucati 1098R40’10.12510.925
11.Michel FabrizioBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR40’21.15521.955
12.Maxime BergerTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R40’21.24622.046
13.Sylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R40’21.68622.486
14.Lorenzo ZanettiPATA Racing TeamDucati 1098R40’42.00142.801
15.Hiroshi AoyamaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR40’48.34449.144
16.David SalomTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R40’50.16150.961
17.Niccoló² CanepaRed Devils RomaDucati 1098R41’00.06360.863
18.Leandro MercadoTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R41’13.34974.149
19.Norino BrignolaGrillini Progea Superbike TeamBMW S1000 RR41’52.588113.388
20.Loris BazKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R41’37.2321 Lap
RETLeon CamierFIXI Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100035’03.915
RETJohn HopkinsFIXI Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10006’11.966

Source: WSBK; Photo: HRC

  • So when are they taking the extra 14 kilo and restrictors off the Ducat’s??? Really feel for Checa great rider with very little chance at the wins let alone the championship with the handicaps put in place…

  • JHB

    +1 to that