WSBK: Race 2 Continues the Bizzaro at Monza

05/06/2012 @ 11:33 pm, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

After seeing Race 1 cancelled for safety concerns, i.e. not having a rain tire that could run in the wet conditions at Monza, World Superbike tried again to put on a show for the Italian fans. Giving riders two warm-up laps to sight the fabled Italian circuit, the race distance was also reduced by a lap to 17 laps total.

With the riders coming in from their two sighting laps, the hands from a majority of the racers went up on the grid, signaling that they did not want to start the race. Race Direction obliged, and delayed the start because of the conditions. Regrouping and going out on another warm-up lap, Monza continued to be problematic and claimed two victims, as BMW Italia rider Michel Fabrizio and pole-setter Sylvain Guintoli both suffered from malfunctions on the lap, and had to scratch their starts.

With the lights finally going out for the start of Race 2 (or is it Race 1?) at Monza, it was de facto pole man Tom Sykes who got the best start off the grid. Blasting away from the rest of the field, Sykes pulled immediately from the other riders, never to be seen again, and taking his first race win of the season with a nine second margin.

Leaving a group to battle for second, that melee was primarily between the factory BMW and Aprilia riders, as Leon Haslam, Eugene Laverty, Marco Melandri, and Max Biaggi duked it out while Jonathan Rea and Carlos Checa trailed behind.

With rain starting to sprinkle with eight laps to go, it didn’t take long for the riders to raise their hands and call the race. Red flagging the race, Race Direction deemed the race half-run, meaning only half points would be awarded for the riders’ efforts. With the last full-lap consisting of Sykes, Haslam, and Laverty in the first three spots, the final podium positions were all claimed by British riders, all on different machinery.

Race Results from World Superbike Race 2 at Monza, Italy:

1.Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R
2.Leon HaslamBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR9.709
3.Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory10.119
4.Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR10.294
5.Max BiaggiAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory10.527
6.Jonathan ReaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR10.638
7.Carlos ChecaAlthea RacingDucati 1098R10.899
8.Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingDucati 1098R12.195
9.Jakub SmrzLiberty Racing Team EffenbertDucati 1098R13.199
10.Ayrton BadoviniBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR19.372
11.Hiroshi AoyamaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR24.551
12.Chaz DaviesParkinGO MTC RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory24.655
13.Maxime BergerTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R24.662
14.Lorenzo ZanettiPATA Racing TeamDucati 1098R24.668
15.Leon CamierCrescent Fixi SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100024.810
16.Leandro MercadoTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R24.935
17.Niccolò CanepaRed Devils RomaDucati 1098R25.278
DNSMichel FabrizioBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR 
DNSSylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R 
DNSSergio GadeaKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R 
DNSMark AitchisonGrillini Progea Superbike TeamBMW S1000 RR 

Source: WSBK; Photo: Kawasaki Racing

  • Sean in oz

    Liberty Ducati are accusing race direction of bias and suggesting they may pull out of wsbk and pirrelli are saving the teams ignored their advise to use inters for qualifying.