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

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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. Rider Team Bike Time Diff.
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