WSBK: Race Results for Race 1 at Imola

04/01/2012 @ 9:17 am, by Jensen Beeler4 COMMENTS

Round 2 of the 2012 World Superbike Championship comes from Imola today, and features six manufacturers in the top seven qualifying positions. With weather conditions favorable for racing, Italian motorcycle fans were treated to a great competition between the WSBK riders. Favored to win was the man on the local machine, Carlos Checa, but he would have to contest with pole-sitter Tom Sykes and his Kawasaki ZX-10R. Also always a crowd favorite in Italy is former-WSBK Champion Max Biaggi, who qualified a disappointing fifth, but still could not be counted out from a good result. Continue reading for spoilers and race results from World Superbike Race 1 at Imola.

Taking the holeshot as the lights went out, Tom Sykes was able to convert is pole-position start into an immediate race result, and lead Carlos Checa, Max Biaggi, and Sylvain Guintoli through the first turns. The order would be short-lived though, as Guintoli and Leon Haslam would dice things up, with the Englishman running wide going into Imola’s chicane, forcing both riders to cut across the gravel. As Guintoli re-entered the race track, his Effenbert Ducati high-sided, which sent both the Italian and Anglo-American John Hopkins into the tarmac and the opposing run-off.

As the race continued on, Skyes and Checa pulled away from the rest of the field. With Sykes leading, the reigning World Superbike Champion bided his time until the middle of the race to get around the Kawasaki rider. Riding to a comfortable victory, Carlos Checa added another notch to his belt, while Sykes finished an impressive second. Battling to the end, Haslam would overcome Biaggi for the final spot on the podium for Race 1 at Imola.

Race Results from World Superbike Race 1 at Imola, Italy:

Pos. Rider Team Bike Diff.
1 Carlos Checa Althea Racing Ducati 1098R
2 Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 3.206
3 Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 5.593
4 Max Biaggi Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 6.519
5 Eugene Laverty Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 24.662
6 Marco Melandri BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 27.261
7 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 27.384
8 Lorenzo Zanetti PATA Racing Team Ducati 1098R 28.299
9 Jonathan Rea Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 34.067
10 Niccoló Canepa Red Devils Roma Ducati 1098R 35.724
11 Jakub Smrz Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati 1098R 36.738
12 Maxime Berger Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 37.257
13 John Hopkins Crescent Fixi Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 50.418
14 Leandro Mercado Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 53.623
15 Ayrton Badovini BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 53.942
16 Brett McCormick Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati 1098R 54.139
17 Mark Aitchison Grillini Progea Superbike Team BMW S1000 RR 57.944
18 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 66.233
19 David Salom Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1 Lap
RT. Michel Fabrizio BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR
RT. Davide Giugliano Althea Racing Ducati 1098R
RT. Sylvain Guintoli Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R
RT. Chaz Davies ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory
RT. Leon Camier Crescent Fixi Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
RT. Lorenzo Alfonsi Team Pro Ride Real Game Honda Honda CBR1000RR

Source: WSBK

  • Westward

    In Motogp, Melandri seemed to get along well with the Kawasaki. If he were smarter, he should have continued to build a relationship there, and hone his skills on that machine. I could have been Melandri on the podium twice, instead of Sykes. It could have also been Melandri the double winner over Checa.

    In short, “yeah,” the Kawasaki is that good, and this coming from a Ducatisti…

  • Westward

    I would also like to see what Camier, Aoyama, or Badovini can do on a Kawasaki…

  • irksome

    Nice to see Kawasaki and BMW on the podium, this bodes well for a competitive season.

    Especially nice to see Biaggi NOT on the podium… twice.

  • Adam

    Wow look at that gap between 4th and 5th place. sorta looks like MotoGP… hmmm.

    3 out of 4 wins, looks like Carlos is the one to beat this year.