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:
|1.||Marco Melandri||BMW Motorrad Motorsport||BMW S1000 RR||32’56.257||–|
|2.||Jonathan Rea||Honda World Superbike Team||Honda CBR1000RR||32’56.452||0.195|
|3.||Max Biaggi||Aprilia Racing Team||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||32’58.394||2.137|
|4.||Chaz Davies||ParkinGO MTC Racing||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||33’00.502||4.245|
|5.||Tom Sykes||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki ZX-10R||33’05.791||9.534|
|6.||Eugene Laverty||Aprilia Racing Team||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||33’06.055||9.798|
|7.||Davide Giugliano||Althea Racing||Ducati 1098R||33’08.148||11.891|
|8.||Leon Haslam||BMW Motorrad Motorsport||BMW S1000 RR||33’08.972||12.715|
|9.||Jakub Smrz||Team Effenbert Liberty Racing||Ducati 1098R||33’09.274||13.017|
|10.||Sylvain Guintoli||Team Effenbert Liberty Racing||Ducati 1098R||33’09.960||13.703|
|11.||Leon Camier||FIXI Crescent Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000||33’11.944||15.687|
|12.||Michel Fabrizio||BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet||BMW S1000 RR||33’18.180||21.923|
|13.||Ayrton Badovini||BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet||BMW S1000 RR||33’20.197||23.94|
|14.||Loris Baz||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki ZX-10R||33’20.308||24.051|
|15.||Maxime Berger||Team Effenbert Liberty Racing||Ducati 1098R||33’30.154||33.897|
|16.||John Hopkins||FIXI Crescent Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000||33’34.949||38.692|
|17.||Leandro Mercado||Team Pedercini||Kawasaki ZX-10R||33’43.960||47.703|
|18.||Jake Holden||Grillini Progea Superbike Team||BMW S1000 RR||34’03.480||67.223|
|19.||Shane Turpin||Boulder Motor Sports||Ducati 1098R||34’37.971||101.714|
|RET||David Salom||Team Pedercini||Kawasaki ZX-10R|
|RET||Carlos Checa||Althea Racing||Ducati 1098R|
|RET||Niccoló Canepa||Red Devils Roma||Ducati 1098R|
|RET||Lorenzo Zanetti||PATA Racing Team||Ducati 1098R|
|DNS||Hiroshi Aoyama||Honda World Superbike Team||Honda CBR1000RR|
Source: WSBK; Photo: © 2012 Ken Manfred Photography – All Rights Reserved