WSBK: Race Results for Race 2 at Phillip Island

02/26/2012 @ 5:06 pm, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

As is the custom with World Supebike racing and with Race 1 out of the way, the WSBK grid lined up to it all again. Treating fans to a double-dose of motorcycle racing, you would think that the second race would be a repeat of the previous, but it was anything but that. Exciting from the first lap to the very last, the 2012 World Superbike Championship was off to a great start with its season-opener at Phillip Island, Australia. Continue on for results.

Mimicking the first race, Tom Sykes got off to a great start to take his Kawasaki from the pole position to the head of the pack at the start of Race 2. Hot on his heels though was Max Biaggi, who immediately got the crowd on its feet as he ran off the race course at Turn 1. Able to keep his Aprilia upright, Biaggi rejoined the race, and made one of the most stellar comebacks possible in the sport. While Biaggi worked his way through the WSBK field, the race was on with Rea and Checa getting past Sykes. Several laps later, Checa took over from the Englishman and broke away from the rest of the field uncontested. With the Kawasaki’s now holding fourth and fifth, Sykes would end up being the lone bannerman for Team Green, as Lascorz crashed out from the race.

Seemingly set to take the third step on the podium, Sykes had to contest with a charging Biaggi. Holding the Roman Emperor off for several laps, Sykes finally succumbed to Biaggi’s superior speed, and fell again to fourth place. Though unable to catch Carlos Checa, Biaggi was able to get past Johnny Rea — completing his comeback from last to second place over the 22 lap race distance. That battle put a carrot in front of Sykes, who was able to regain contact with Rea as well, and finally pass his fellow countryman as the two came onto the straightaway for the final time. Checa, Biaggi, and Skyes —  three very different ways to get on a WSBK podium.

Race Results from World Superbike Race 2 at Phillip Island, Australia:

Pos. No. Rider Country Bike Diff.
1 7 C. CHECA ESP Ducati 1098R  –
2 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 5.707
3 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki ZX-10R 12.521
4 65 J. REA GBR Honda CBR1000RR 12.655
5 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW S1000 RR 18.179
6 33 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW S1000 RR 18.831
7 121 M. BERGER FRA Ducati 1098R 18.939
8 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia RSV4 Factory 19.478
9 4 H. AOYAMA JPN Honda CBR1000RR 19.554
10 59 N. CANEPA ITA Ducati 1098R 26.289
11 96 J. SMRZ CZE Ducati 1098R 26.479
12 2 L. CAMIER GBR Suzuki GSX-R1000 29.145
13 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Ducati 1098R 36.482
14 87 L. ZANETTI ITA Ducati 1098R 38.113
15 25 J. BROOKES AUS Suzuki GSX-R1000 43.234
16 67 B. STARING AUS Kawasaki ZX-10R 43.526
17 35 R. DE ROSA ITA Honda CBR1000RR 53.929
RET 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R 12 Laps
RET 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Ducati 1098R 13 Laps
RET 44 D. SALOM ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R 14 Laps
RET 20 D. JOHNSON AUS BMW S1000 RR 18 Laps

Source: WSBK

  • SBPilot

    Incredible performance by Checa, simply class act. To win the second race after the high side he had is some serious mental focus and strength. Not to mention pain tolerance, all at his ripe age of what is it now, 39?

    WSBK looks like it’s gonna be killer this year though. Too much awesome in the first round to even speak of!

  • Great races today loved watching Rea trying to stay on the podium!!! Great job Checa and Biaggi for making a spectacular comeback in race two!!! Can’t wait for the Imola!!!!!!!!

  • MikeD

    Ducati: Not bad at all for “a vintage bike and jockey”, is it now ? Can’t wait to see the 1199 race.
    Aprilia: It still have plenty of go it seems, they sure made their homework with this one. Can’t wait to see the next RSV4.
    Kawasaki: Looks like they got the SHIT together…or getting there. (^_^)

    And of course, mad props to the pilots, w/out them there would be no race happening.

  • BBQdog

    Looks the RSV4 is by far out the best bike in the field. Stable cornering, nimble, enough top speed. If Biaggi doesn’t do stupid things like last year Checa is going to get a hard season. It was not by accident he flew off the first race.

  • Lumengrid

    What a great session it was!

    Thumbs up for Melandri, race 1 was awesome, race 2 not bad either. Its nice to see that he can pull it togheter :)

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  • Damo


    Have to agree, that RSV4 was in beast mode on Sunday.

    I am not a huge Biaggi fan at all, but no one can deny that comeback from last to 2nd was beyond brilliant. First race of the season and I am already pumped.

  • Bryan

    Loved both races! It’s nice watching racing where multiple riders/manufacturers are competitive. There is parody in WSBK that MotoGP only dreams of. Checa had guts to come back from that highside to win in race two. I wish they would take the 6kg of extra weight off of the Ducati’s though. Checa didn’t win last year due to a power or top speed advantage, he won by being smart and smooth and preserving tires better than the other guys. To add 6kg to a bike that already had a disadvantage on the straights and is the oldest design in the field seems a little unfair.

  • AK

    Biaggi was on fire… Love that RSV4

  • Keith

    Hopefully, I say HOPEFULLY the rest of the season is just as exciting.

  • John

    Parody or parity? Either way, the racing in Worldsupers is simply great. I hope MotoGP can produce half the excitement.

  • Westward

    Biaggi was on fire, only because Checa exploded… As long as Checa and his Ducati can keep the rubber on the asphalt, Biaggi and his Aprilia have not a chance, race 2 reveals that…