WSBK: Red Flags Mean Second Chances for Race 2 at MMP

05/29/2012 @ 6:55 am, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

WSBK: Red Flags Mean Second Chances for Race 2 at MMP Hiroshi Aoyama crash WSBK MMP Ken Manfred 635x423

With clean racing for Race 1 at Miller Motorsports Park, World Superbike’s Race 2 was interrupted after a few laps with a red flag incident caused by Hiroshi Aoyama’s Honda CBR1000RR crashing, and spilling fluid onto the track. This proved to be bad news for Carlos Checa, who like in Race 1, had gotten clear of the field, and was able to once again run his own race. Instead, Checa had to contend with strong showings from Marco Melandri and Tom Sykes, proving that the restart of Race 2 would be another good battle.

As the lights went out for the restart, Marco Melandri again lead through the first turn, with Sykes and Checa following. Checa would find his way again into the lead, and slowly broke away from the field with his better-handling Ducati. That lead wouldn’t last though, as with 13 laps left in the race, Checa went down, and brought his bike into the garage, only to end up back out on the course a few laps later.

Meanwhile on the track, Jonathan Rea went on a tear, having first a great battle with Chaz Davies (who was having a great race in his own right), and then started putting pressure on the new race leader, Marco Melandri. Getting around Melandri, the two riders had an epic battle to the line, as Marco Melandri returned the favor to Jonathan Rea coming down the straight, and into the final lap. With Rea chasing all the way to the finish line, Melandri just managed to hold off the Brit, and brought BMW is second race win on the S1000RR.

Equally entertaining was the race for third between Chaz Davies and Max Biaggi. Stalking the front group, Biaggi finally got his factory Aprilia past Davies and his similar satellite machinery, with the Roman Emperor making his move on the front straight. Despite trading positions in T2, Biaggi makes the pass stick in T3, and then broke away from Davies.

Because of that late effort and the crash by Checa, Biaggi retains his lead in the Championship standings, with 18 points separating him from Marco Melandri and Tom Sykes. Jonathan Rea sits fourth in the Championship, 19.5 points behind Biaggi. World Superbike racing returns to Europe on June 10th at Misano.

Race 2 Results from World Superbike at Miller Motorsports Park, USA:

Pos.RiderTeamBikeTimeDiff.
1.Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR32’56.257-
2.Jonathan ReaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR32’56.4520.195
3.Max BiaggiAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory32’58.3942.137
4.Chaz DaviesParkinGO MTC RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory33’00.5024.245
5.Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R33’05.7919.534
6.Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory33’06.0559.798
7.Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingDucati 1098R33’08.14811.891
8.Leon HaslamBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR33’08.97212.715
9.Jakub SmrzTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R33’09.27413.017
10.Sylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R33’09.96013.703
11.Leon CamierFIXI Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100033’11.94415.687
12.Michel FabrizioBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR33’18.18021.923
13.Ayrton BadoviniBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR33’20.19723.94
14.Loris BazKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R33’20.30824.051
15.Maxime BergerTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R33’30.15433.897
16.John HopkinsFIXI Crescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100033’34.94938.692
17.Leandro MercadoTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R33’43.96047.703
18.Jake HoldenGrillini Progea Superbike TeamBMW S1000 RR34’03.48067.223
19.Shane TurpinBoulder Motor SportsDucati 1098R34’37.971101.714
RETDavid SalomTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R
RETCarlos ChecaAlthea RacingDucati 1098R
RETNiccoló CanepaRed Devils RomaDucati 1098R
RETLorenzo ZanettiPATA Racing TeamDucati 1098R
DNSHiroshi AoyamaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR

Source: WSBK; Photo: © 2012 Ken Manfred Photography – All Rights Reserved

Comment:

  1. Rob says:

    Great racing to watch, as was AMA with the exception of Hayes and Checa running around making everyone look slow.

  2. Andrey says:

    Was a great race to watch but the appalling US commentary on SPEED channel is just unbearable… why do they insist on doing this?… there was more chit chat than race commentary. They didn’t even run through grid positions before the race. Absolutely ridiculous that in a place like the U.S. this could be so bad. Makes watching here so much less enjoyable than other locations in the world.

  3. Victor Knowles says:

    Superbike is a lot better to watch then MotoGP……..at least for now.
    Let’s hope that changes soon.

  4. Faust says:

    Good to see Rea up front again! I agree that the US races are not as enjoyable to watch because the commentary is SO bad. It’s the same thing every year!

  5. Tom says:

    SPEED is run by News Corp (fox) so it will always suck. It’s run by dumb ignorant hicks who want 24/7 NASCAR coverage and don’t want to consider ANY other form of racing. Over the last 15 years, SPEED has shifted lockstep with Fox to pandering to the conservatives.

    Never watch Speed, ever. Go buy a subscription to online racing or download them a day after the race.