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World Superbike Aragon Superpole 2012

By cpFTR9 on July 01, 2012 2:21 PM

Saturday, June 30, 2012

by Bryon Wilson for motorcycle-usa.com

Kawasaki Racing’s Tom Sykes is not letting up in the fight for his first World Superbike win in dry conditions. The British rider took his sixth pole position of the season at Aragon on Saturday, finishing ahead of current championship points leader Max Biaggi of Aprilia Racing by 0.708 seconds. Biaggi’s teammate Eugene Laverty posted the third-fastest time while rounding out the front row is BMW Motorrad’s Leon Haslam in fourth.

Heading up the second row is Haslam’s teammate Marco Melandri in fifth followed by Honda’s Jonathan Rea in sixth, Althea Racing’s Carlos Checa and ParkinGo’s Chaz Davies in seventh and eighth respectively.

Sykes started off the string of three Superpole sessions well within the group to move ahead, but by no means the fastest. Checa posted the top time in Superpole 1 with Biaggi and Melandri following in tow. Conditions similar to Friday’s practice and timed sessions made for a relatively safe Superpole, with Lorenzo Zanetti of PATA Racing the only rider to go down.
 
In SP2, it was Melandri who picked up his pace to top the timesheet, with Biaggi holding steady in second and Laverty up to third. In SP3 though it was Tom Sykes who went on to post a track best 1’56.552 which made him the only rider on the grid to dip below the 1’57’s. Last year the Kawasaki rider took fifth place in Race 1 and crashed in Race 2.

"Another pole position is fantastic," said Sykes. "I wish we got points for pole position but we don’t. I think the forecast is for weather conditions to be a little bit cooler tomorrow which will make the racing faster for everybody. We will see what happens, because there were five guys who are looking fairly strong."

With two Aprilia's on the front row as well, Sykes has his work cut out for him if he hopes to hold the lead out of the start. Biaggi is coming off a double win at Misano and feels confident on the track at Aragon. "This second place comes after some good test sessions which placed us consistently in the top five. I like this track. We were fast here last year as well, so it's a shame about first place, but Tom was really faster than anyone else. I think tomorrow will be a battle."

Laverty has two third-place finishes to his credit in 2012 and finished sixth at Aragon last year. He and his Aprilia team have been addressing issues which have plagued him over the past few races. "The first row is definitely a good result but the most satisfying thing is the pace we've demonstrated during all the practice sessions," Laverty explained after the sessions. "We did some work on the bike to solve the problems we had during the last few races and for the moment the results are quite encouraging. Things will be complicated tomorrow, but starting from the front is always an advantage, especially when there are several riders with a similar race pace."

World Superbike Aragon Superpole Results 2012:
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’56.552
2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) 1’57.260
3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) 1’57.592
4. Leon Haslam (BMW) 1’57.710
5. Marco Melandri (BMW) 1’57.784
6. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 1’58.033
7. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1’58.243
8. Chaz Davies (Aprilia) 1’58.485
9. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati) 1’58.073
10. Ayrton Badovini (BMW) 1’58.249
11. Davide Giugliano (Ducati) 1’58.249
12. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) 1’59.160
13. Michel Fabrizio (BMW) 1’58.534
14. Leon Camier (Suzuki) 1’58.660
15. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) 1’59.302
16. Lorenzo Zanetti (Ducati) 1’59.549
17. David Salom (Kawasaki) 1’59.474
18. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 1’59. 686
19. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati) 1’59.811
20. Maxime Berger (Ducati) 2’00.164
21. John Hopkins (Suzuki) 2’00.245
22. Leandro Mercado (Kawasaki) 2’00.975
23. Norino Brignola (BMW) 2’03.823

In World Supersport, PTR Honda’s Jules Cluzel posted the top time, barely edging out Kawasaki Lorenzini’s Sheridan Morais who came in second. Morais’ teammate and current points leader Kenan Sofuogl will start from third position and Kawasaki Intermoto Step’s Fabien Foret rounds out the front row. This is Cluzel’s second pole position of the season, with the first coming at Donington where he went on to take third place. The French rider trails Sofuoglu by 22 points in second overall and is looking to score his second win of the season at Aragon.

World Supersport Aragon Superpole Results 2012:
1. Jules Cluzel (Honda) 2’02.624
2. Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki) 2’02.665
3. Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 2’02.804
4. Fabien Foret (Kawasaki) 2’02.882
5. Sam Lowes (Honda) 2’02.892
6. Broc Parkes (Honda) 2’02.895
7. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Triumph) 2’03.451
8. Jed Metcher (Yamaha) 2’03.701
9. Romain Lanusse (Kawasaki) 2’03.752
10. Mathew Sholtz (Honda) 2’03.773
11. Ronan Qarmby (Honda) 2’03.819
12. Alex Baldolini (Triumph) 2’03.993
13. Valentin Debise (Honda) 2’04.027
14. Joshua Day (Kawasaki) 2’04.155
15. Roberto Tamburini (Honda) 2’04.220

 

World Superbike Misano Results 2012

By cpFTR9 on June 11, 2012 3:46 PM

World Superbike Misano Results 2012

by Bryon Wilson for Motorcycle-usa.com

source: motorcycle-usa.com

Aprilia Racing's Max Biaggi has consolidated his grip on the World Superbike points standings by taking the double at Misano. Biaggi benefitted from critical DNFs from his SBK rivals and former MotoGP comrades Marco Melandri and Carlos Checa to now hold a 28.5 point lead in the series. Mad Max was joined on the podium by the Althea Racing duo of Checa and Davide Giugliano in Race 1, with Castrol Honda’s Jonathan Rea and BMW Motorrad’s Leon Haslam in Race 2.

Race 1

Biaggi earned his second first-place finish of the season with his Race 1 win at Misano. The Italian rider was followed by Althea Racing’s Checa in second and his teammate Giugliano in third. Biaggi had a lackluster performance in qualifying, starting Race 1 from 10th in the third row, but he came out of the gates strong and was in sixth by the end of Lap 1. Checa started even further back in the fourth row, but both riders eventually passed through the field, securing their final positions in first and second on Lap 22 of 24. Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes came in fourth, missing the podium by over four seconds. After running up front for most of the race, Honda’s Jonathan Rea rounded out the top five.

Rea started in the front row, just one behind Sykes who had pole position. The Honda rider quickly got out front and maintained the lead well into the 16th lap. Giugliano was on the move for position though, having worked his way up from fourth to second by Lap 13. Biaggi and Checa were also in the mix out front, so when Rea lost his lead to Giugliano, he fell back to fourth behind the eventual podium finishers. Guigliano maintained the lead for just four laps before Biaggi and Checa bumped him to third.

Pole position starter Sykes lost the lead off the start but held in second-place through the first 10 laps. The Kawasaki rider kept close to Rea's rear tire while in podium position, but then lost position mid-race falling down to seventh before rallying back.

 2012 World Superbike Misano Race 1 Results:
1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
2. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
3. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
4. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
5. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
6. Chaz Davies (Aprilia)
7. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
8. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
9. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
10. Leon Camier (Suzuki)
11. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
12. Leon Haslam (BMW)
13. Maxime Berger (Ducati)
14. Michel Fabrizio (BMW)
15. Matteo Baiocco (Ducati)
16. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
17. John Hopkins (Suzuki)
18. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati)
19. Leandro Mercado (Kawasaki)
20. Federico Sandi (BMW)
RET Marco Melandri (BMW)
RET Loris Baz (Kawasaki)
RET David Salom (Kawasaki)
RET Lorenzo Zanetti (Ducati)

Race 2

Biaggi took a much more commanding win in Race 2, beating out his closest competition by over five seconds. Rea secured a podium finish in second, holding off BMW Motorrad’s Haslam, who came in third. Haslam’s teammate, Marco Melandri, was able to maneuver his way into fourth place, followed by BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet’s Ayrton Badovini in fifth. With high temperatures and a dry track, riders' success rested largely on their bike set-up.

"After the test sessions I chose a tyre which wasn't the fastest as far as lap times go, but the one that gave me more confidence," said Biaggi. "In any case I had to take some risks because there are very few places to overtake here, but in the end I was successful and I'm leaving Misano with an incredible double win."

Sykes started Race 2 in pole position once again, but Biaggi came out fast and held third through Lap 1, taking the lead by Lap 4. Once the Roman got out front, there was no catching him as he pulled a gap that would eventually be over seven seconds during much of the final portion of the race. Rea, on the other hand, had to concentrated on keeping Haslam at bay, the BMW rider never more than a second behind in third during the last half of the race. Sykes struggled as the race wore on, falling steadily behind in position until leveling out in seventh on Lap 18.

Melandri was forced to retire late in Race 1 and had to remain steady in Race 2 in order to remain near the top of the points standings. He worked his way up from ninth, slowly advancing his position through the first 10 laps and holding Badovini to fifth through the final laps.

A number of riders went down during Race 2 including Checa, Giugliano, Team Effenbert Liberty Racing's Sylvain Guintoli and Aprilia's Eugene Laverty, all top ten finishers in Race 1. Checa crashed out very early in the race during his push for position. The Spaniard made contact with Melandri while trying to pass at a notoriously dangerous part of the track and went down. He quickly returned to the garage and was unable to return to the race. Similarly, Giugliano was advancing through the field and attempting to pass Sykes when he went down. The absence of so many consistent riders gave others such as Badovini and Barni Racing's Matteo Baiocco their best finishes of the season.

Biaggi extended his points lead to 28.5 over Rea, who moved from fourth to second after Misano. Sykes remains in third, now ahead of Melandri who fell to fourth. Checa remains steady in fifth-place. 

2012 World Superbike Misano Race 2 Results:
1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
2. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
3. Leon Haslam (BMW)
4. Marco Melandri (BMW)
5. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
6. Michel Fabrizio (BMW)
7. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
8. Loris Baz (Kawasaki)
9. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
10. Matteo Baiocco (Ducati)
11. Maxime Berger (Ducati)
12. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
13. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati)
14. John Hopkins (Suzuki)
15. Leon Camier (Suzuki)
16. Leandro Mercado (Kawasaki)
17. Federico Sandi (BMW)
RET Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
RET Chaz Davies (Aprilia)
RET David Salom (Kawasaki)
RET Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
RET Carlos Checa (Ducati)
RET Lorenzo Zanetti (Ducati)
RET Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)

2012 World Superbike Points:
1. Max Biaggi, 210.5
2. Jonathan Rea, 172
3. Tom Sykes, 164.5
4. Marco Melandri, 155.5
5. Carlos Checa, 150.5
6. Leon Haslam, 123
7. Sylvain Guintoli, 103
8. Eugene Laverty, 95
9. Davide Giugliano, 80
10. Jakub Smrz, 75.5

Source: Motorcycle-usa.com

World Superbike Miller Saturday Results 2012

By cpFTR9 on May 27, 2012 7:29 PM

World Superbike Miller Saturday 2012

By Byron Wilson

 

Liberty Racing Team Effenbert's Jakub Smrz led the World Superbike field during Saturday qualifying at Miller Motorsports Park. The Ducati rider pushed hard in the dry conditions of the qualifying session after also posting the fastest free practice time in wet conditions after a thunderstorm hit Miller in the morning. Unlike previous rounds, the wet/dry conditions were less an issue than the strong, gusty winds at Miller.

Smrz beat out Althea Racing’s Carlos Checa during the final laps of the session. Behind Checa was BMW Motorrad’s Marco Melandri and Aprilia Racing’s Max Biaggi. Davide Giugliano of Althea Racing came in fifth place and was followed by Team Effenbert Liberty Racing’s Sylvain Guintoli in sixth.

“In the morning we worked to refine the bike instead of pushing to make fast times on the wet," said Checa, winner of both Miller SBK races in 2011. "To be honest the wind was more annoying than the rain and so we hope that the wind levels drop a little tomorrow. I think we should be able to make two good races, we have a good reference from recent years of course and I think that we need to make the most of that, to grow and take a satisfying result. Tomorrow we’ll continue with the work but I can say that I’m feeling really good.”

“It has been a pretty good start to the weekend, as my RR worked consistently well under different conditions," said Melandri. "Finding a good line was really tough in today’s qualifying as the wind was really gusty and coming from different directions every single lap. In the morning it was raining very hard but I am happy with our performance today."

Jonathan Rea was the fastest Honda of the day in seventh and he was followed by Aprilia's Eugene Laverty in eighth. Kawasaki Racing's Tom Sykes crashed out during the session and posted the ninth fastest time, and uncharacteristic result for the ZX-10R this season. FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Leon Camier took tenth putting at least one of each of the six manufacturers in World Superbike in the top ten.
 
World Superbike Miller Saturday Results 2012:
1. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) 1’49.842
2. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1’49.912
3. Marco Melandri (BMW) 1’50.038
4. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) 1’50.091
5. Davide Giugliano (Ducati) 1’50.280
6. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati) 1’50.312
7. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 1’50.358
8. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) 1’50.428
9. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’50.433
10. Leon Camier (Suzuki) 1’50.520
11. Chaz Davies (Aprilia) 1’50.561
12. Leon Haslam (BMW) 1’50.730
13. Michel Fabrizio (BMW) 1’50.877
14. Ayrton Badovini (BMW) 1’51.042
15. David Salom (Kawasaki) 1’51. 055
16. Maxime Berger (Ducati) 1’51.070
17. John Hopkins (Suzuki) 1’51.512
18. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati) 1’51.590
19. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) 1’52.002
20. Jake Holden (BMW) 1’52.108
21. Leandro Mercado (Kawasaki) 1’52.288
22. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 1’52.390
23. Lorenzo Zanetti (Ducati) 1’52.953
24. Shane Turpin (Ducati) 1’54.994 

Source: Motorcycle-usa.com

Grillini Progea calls in Holden for Miller WSBK

By FTR on May 23, 2012 9:01 PM

Jake Holden

For the sixth round of the World Superbike Championship that will take place this weekend at the Miller Motorsports Park circuit in Salt Lake City (USA), the American rider Jake Holden will ride Team Grillini Progea's BMW S 1000 RR.


Jake, 29 years old, is a professional rider since the age of 16 and has been racing in the AMA Pro Road Racing series since 2000, participating in the Superbike class in 2009 and finishing 10th overall.


The American rider says about his agreement with the Italian Superbike team: "I am very excited to race with the Grillini Progea Superbike Team in the Salt Lake City WSBK round. Miller Motorsports Park has been one of my favorite race tracks in the US. This race will be a new experience for me because I have dreamed of racing in WSBK ever since I started roadracing. I would like to thank Team Grillini Progea for giving me this great opportunity to race in WSBK championship in front of my friends and supporters. I thank also all my fans, friends and sponsors in particular Sidi Boots, Shoei Helmets, Marshall's Web Design, Musselman Honda Circuit, Ballistik Leathers, GBehavior, Milestone Wealth Management, Xcel Trackdays, who have helped me out these last years. Without them I wouldn't be following my dream today".

 

SOURCE: http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/5-sbk-news/13296-grillini-progea-calls-in-holden-for-miller-wsbk.html

World Superbike Assen Superpole 2012

By cpFTR9 on April 23, 2012 7:45 PM

World Superbike Assen Superpole 2012

Bart Madson

Managing Editor For Motorcycle-usa.com

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Tom Sykes takes another Superpole, the KRT ZX-10R rider seizing pole during a wet qualifying session.

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes keeps his pole position streak in check. The KRT rider took top honors in a wet Superpole session. Honda’s Jonathan Rea joins Sykes on the front row, alongside Liberty Racing Ducati’s Jakub Smrz and Sylvain Guintoli. Defending champion Carlos Checa was fifth-fastest, while Aprilia’s Max Biaggi did not make it into the 16-rider Superpole and will start from 17th on the grid for Sunday’s doubleheader.

SBK officials declared the Superpole wet, so the usual three-session knockout format was replaced with a pair of 20-minute sessions. Guintoli, the fastest SBK rider on Friday, finished atop Superpole 1. Key riders to miss the Superpole cutoff were BMW’s Marco Melandri, Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty and Crescent Suzuki’s Leon Camier. The RSV4 pilot crashed in the Superpole session, meanwhile Camier suffered a nasty spill during the preceding morning practice.

Sykes maintained top position throughout the closing session; the Englishman was the first to dip under 1’37 and later 1’36. None could match the Kawasaki rider, whose 1’35.399 was a full second ahead of his nearest competitor. Sykes will line up next to Rea, winner of three of the last four Assen SBK races. Liberty Racing Ducati riders Smrz and Guintoli edged their 1098R comrade, Checa, off the front row.

Max Biaggi had a difficult qualifying, missing Superpole and starting the Assen doubleheader from 17th on the grid.

Checa slot right behind Sykes, one of his prime title challengers in the early season, leading Row 2. Alongside the Althea Racing ace is BMW Italia's Michel Fabrizio, the top placing S1000RR rider, who got one up on factory man Leon Haslam. American John Hopkins had one of his better results in another injury-plagued season - the Crescent Fixi Suzuki rider slipping into Superpole 2 and qualifying eighth-fastest.

Biaggi's dismal qualifying result was foiled by the weather. With rain spoiling Friday afternoon and Saturday qualifying sessions, the opening dry laps on Friday proved critical in making it into the top 16 Superpole cutoff. The 2010 SBK champion missed by one position and will start from 17th.

2012 World Superbike Superpole Results:
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’35.399
2. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 1’36.432
3. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) 1’36.566
4. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati) 1’36.875
5. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1’37.156
6. Michel Fabrizio (BMW) 1’37.311
7. Leon Haslam (BMW) 1’37.592
8. John Hopkins (Suzuki) 1’37.913
9. Marco Melandri (BMW) 1'40.516
10. David Salom (Kawasaki) 1'40.523
11. Chaz Davies (Aprilia) 1'40.627
12. Leon Camier (Suzuki) 1'40.681
13. Brett McCormick (Ducati) 1'41.962
14. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) 1'43.947
15. Maxime Berger (Ducati) 1'44.022
16. Ayrton Badovini (BMW) 1'44.500
17. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
18. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati)
19. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
20. Leandro Mercado (Kawasaki)
21. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
22. Mark Aitchison (BMW)
23. Lorenzo Zanetti (Ducati)

World Supersport

The difficult conditions on Saturday kept the Supersport qualifying order static from Friday. The front row remains dominated by Honda riders with Bogdanka PTR's Sam Lowes on pole position, followed by Ten Kate's Broc Parkes and PTR's Jules Cluzel. Kenan Sofuoglu nicked fellow Kawasaki ZX-6R rider Fabien Foret for the final front row position. Instead the current points leader and former WSS champion will head Row 2. American PJ Jacobsen will start his first World Supersport race from 24th - the 18-year old lining up alongside compatriot and fellow AMA Pro Racing alumn Josh Day.

2012 World Supersport Assen Qualifying:
1. Sam Lowes (Honda) 1'38.900
2. Broc Parkes (Honda) 1'38.939
3. Jules Cluzel (Honda) 1'39.450
4. Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 1'39.548
5. Fabien Foret (Kawasaki) 1'39.730
6. Imre Toth (Honda) 1'40.040
7. Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki) 1'40.090
8. Vladimir Leonov (Yamaha) 1'40.289
9. Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha) 1'40.326
10. Mathew Scholtz (Honda) 1'40.390
11. Valentine Debise (Honda) 1'40.524
12. Jed Metcher (Yamaha) 1'40.618
13. Andrea Antonelli (Honda) 1'40.727
14. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Triumph) 1'40.762
15. Ronan Quarmby (Honda) 1'40.797

Source: motorcycle-usa.com

World Superbike Assen Preview

By cpFTR9 on April 20, 2012 1:23 PM

World Superbike Assen Preview 2012

Bart Madson

Managing Editor|  At Motorcycle-usa.com

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Carlos Checa and Max Biaggi will continue their SBK title duel as World Superbike arrives at Assen. The third round of the 14-round season sees its past two champions atop the points, however, there are several riders looking to gain ground in the series. Top amongst these challengers are Tom Sykes aboard the resurgent Kawasaki and BMW’s Leon Haslam.

The previous Imola round couldn’t have gone better for Checa. The Althea Ducati rider claimed the double at the Bologna manufacturer’s home round. Even better, the Spaniard vaulted ahead of Biaggi to take a four-point advantage in the championship. Checa has managed to eliminate the 25-point void earned in his Race 1 DNF at Phillip Island (via vicious high-side while leading). The Ducati ace will be keen to get as many points as possible at Assen, as Biaggi is expected to gain ground at Monza where the 1098R isn’t favored.

Biaggi’s 1-2 performance at Phillip Island was completely dominating. The second-place finish was arguably more impressive than the win, as the Italian clawed his way back from last place after a first-lap incident. At Imola, however, Biaggi faltered, unable to crack the podium and losing his points lead. Biaggi is winless at Assen in his SBK career, though The Emperor took wins there during his GP glory days, twice with Aprilia in 250cc and once in 500cc with Yamaha. Biaggi’s new teammate, Irishman Eugene Laverty, has yet to break into the top five aboard the RSV4.                                                                                                           
Kawasaki has long struggled in SBK, but Assen was the site of a rare triumph – with British rider Chris Walker taking a win in 2006. As with Sykes’ win last year at Nurburgring, wet weather evened the playing field enabling the Kawasaki to be competitive. This season, however, Sykes needs no weather handicaps to figh for the rostrum. The Englishman has three podiums this season (tied with Checa for most on the year) and sits third overall in the points. Fast in qualifying and testing, Sykes will be keen to crack the dry race winless streak for Kawasaki. Tragically KRT team rider Joan Lascorz will be absent the Assen round, as the Spaniard remains hospitalized in Barcelona after fracturing his C6 vertebra during post-race testing at Imola.

The Motorrad crew remains winless in SBK, though Haslam’s 3-3 result at Imola represents its best ever WSB round. Assen has the potential to break the winless streak for the Bavarian marque, as BMW riders have already tallied three rostrum appearances at the Dutch circuit. Haslam continues to improve fitness following his Phillip Island injuries and surgery, meanwhile Melandri seems to be getting more confident in the Beemer. Assen has the potential to be history-making for the Germans.

Jonathan Rea is Honda’s best bet for glory at Assen. The Ten Kate Honda team always shows up strong for its home round. And, as in years past, the team tapped the Netherlands circuit for some extra testing, with Rea and teammate Hiroshi Aoyama completing a two-day test last week. Rea has a strong track record at Assen, the Northern Irish rider claiming three of the last four victories there. Aoyama continues to struggle in his SBK transition, the Japanese rider getting skunked from the points at Imola. The fortunes of the Honda World Superbike team have been hard to predict, capable of wins but shut out of the podium thus far.

The Suzuki team has struggled as well. English rider Leon Camier has finished in the points only twice this year. On the bright side, his best result was the last – an eighth-place Race 2 finish at Imola. American teammate John Hopkins fought hard to return to action at Imola, but was still hindered by his ailing hand – injured during Phillip Island testing. The British-based Crescent Suzuki team touts a new engine spec for Assen. Camier tested the new engine at the Imola post-race test with impressive results, the former Aprilia factory rider lapping third-fastest and under the existing lap record.

WORLD SUPERSPORT

In the Supersport ranks Fabien Foret holds the points lead. The Kawasaki Intermoto Step rider holds a solid 14-point lead after only two rounds thanks to fellow ZX-6R rider Kenan Sofuoglu’s black flag DQ at Imola. For not obeying a ride-thru penalty, the Turkish rider will now have to make up 20 points on his French rival. Caught in the middle is British youngster Sam Lowes, who rests second in the points with Bodanka PTR Honda. Alongside Lowes in the Bodanka garage will be American PJ Jacobsen. Originally slated for PTR in World Supersport, and then dropped from the team, the 18-year-old Jacobsen will make his belated debut as a replacement rider for Pawel Szkopek.

Source: Motorcycle-usa.com

2012 Imola World Supersport | Results

By cpFTR9 on April 02, 2012 5:18 PM

2012 Imola World Supersport | Results

WSBK
04/02/2012 Ultimatemotorcylcing.com

2012 World Supersport

Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step) took a cool and professional World Supersport win after 19-laps of competition at Imola in Italy Sunday, his first victory of the year, and the first for his team in 2012.

Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) went a close second and after many issues for some front-runners, Ronan Quarmby (PTR Honda) was third, albeit 17 seconds from the winner.

Roberto Tamburini (Team Lorini Honda) went fourth - by only 0.004 seconds - the Power Team by Suriano Triumph of Vittorio Iannuzzo was fifth.

In the 2012 World Supersport Championship, Foret has 45 points, Lowes 31 and Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini) in on 25 alongside Quarmby, after the Turkish rider was black flagged for not taking a ride through penalty.

2012 Imola World Supersport Results:
1. Fabien Foret FRA Intermoto Step Kawasaki ZX-6R 35m 44.653s
2. Sam Lowes GBR Bogdanka PTR Honda CBR600RR +0.574s
3. Ronan Quarmby RSA PTR Honda CBR600RR +17.266s
4. Roberto Tamburini ITA Lorini Honda CBR600RR +17.270s
5. Vittorio Iannuzzo ITA Power Team Suriano Triumph 675 +22.953s
6. Vladimir Leonov RUS Yakhnich Yamaha YZF-R6 +25.509s
7. Balazs Nemeth HUN Team Toth Honda CBR600RR +30.042s
8. Andrea Antonelli ITA Lorini Honda CBR600RR +32.429s
9. Massimo Roccoli ITA Bike Service WTR Yamaha YZF-R6 +37.894s
10. Sheridan Morais RSA Kawasaki DeltaFin ZX-6R +39.265s
11. Alex Baldolini ITA Power Team Suriano Triumph 675 +46.848s
12. Joshua Day USA GoEleven Kawasaki ZX-6R +56.679s
13. Romain Lanusse FRA Intermoto Step Kawasaki ZX-6R +57.925s
14. Luca Marconi ITA VFT Yamaha YZF-R6 +1m 04.381s
15. Jed Metcher AUS Team RivaMoto Yamaha YZF-R6 +1m 11.922s
16. Cristiano Erbacci ITA Bike Service WTR Yamaha YZF-R6 +1m 12.356s
17. Martin Jessopp GBR Riders PTR Honda CBR600RR +1m 14.321s
18. Lukas Pesek CZE ProRace Honda CBR600RR +1m 20.799s
19. Yves Polzer AUT MRC Austria Yamaha YZF-R6 +1 lap
20. Broc Parkes AUS Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR +1 lap
21. Eduard Blokhin RUS RivaMoto Yamaha YZF-R6 +2 laps
22. Dino Lombardi ITA PATA by Martini Yamaha YZF-R6 18 laps completed
23. Fabio Menghi ITA VFT Yamaha YZF-R6 17 laps completed
24. Imre Toth HUN Team Toth Honda CBR600RR 9 laps completed
25. Jules Cluzel FRA PTR Honda CBR600RR 5 laps completed
26. David Làtr CZE SMS Honda CBR600RR 1 lap completed

Source: Ultimatemotorcycling.com

2012 Imola World Superbike | Preview

By cpFTR9 on March 29, 2012 2:10 PM

2012 Imola World Superbike | Preview

Sam Sims Ultimatemotorcycling.com
03/28/2012 Source: Ultimatemotorcycling.com

 

2012 World Superbike Championship

The 2012 World Superbike Championship continues this weekend with its first trip to Europe for Round 2 at Imola, Italy.

Imola will be the first of three rounds held in Italy during the 14-round World SBK Championship, followed by Monza on May 6 and Misano on June 10. And the first Italian round will bring home Aprilia Racing Team's Max Biaggi, the 2010 WSBK Champion.

Biaggi holds the championship lead after winning race 1 at Phillip Island, the season opener last month, and taking runner-up in race 2. Biaggi has 45 points, but only 15 points behind is another man who will be returning home at Imola to race, BMW Motorrad's Marco Melandri.

During Melandri's debut aboard the BMW S1000RR at Phillip Island, the Italian finished second in race 1, and sixth in race 2. This was great news for BMW, as second was the German manufacturer's best-ever result in Australia.

Heading into Imola, Melandri and his BMW Motorrad teammate Leon Haslam will likely be utilizing a new swing-arm and evo-spec engine that both recently tested at Aragon Motorland in Spain; both had positive results during the test.

With two Italians arriving in Imola on top of the point's race, there's undoubtedly going to be record-breaking crowds this weekend at the Enzo & Dino Ferrari circuit. Biaggi has one up over Melandri, though, considering the "Roman Emperor" clinched his first World Superbike title here in 2010, though he never had a WSBK win at Imola.

In third with 29 points, just one behind Melandri, is Kawasaki Racing's Tom Sykes, who gave the Japanese manufacturer its first win since 2006 at Nurburgring last season. The Brit was a top rider in last week's Aragon test sessions, and also started from the pole at Imola in 2010.

And Sykes began the 2012 World Superbike Championship strong with fourth in race 1 and third and race 2.

But only four points behind Sykes is the reigning World Superbike Champion, Carlos Checa. The Althea Ducati rider will also be a favorite since the Borgo Panigale Ducati factory is only a few miles from Imola.

And the 4.396-mile Imola circuit caters to Ducati machinery; out of the 17 races held there since 2001, Ducati won 11 of those, with Checa taking three of those.

At Phillip Island, Checa suffered a DNF in race 1 due to a nasty high side on lap six; before the crash, Checa was in second chasing down the eventual winner Biaggi. But he came back with vengeance in race 2, taking the win by 5.7 over Biaggi.

Fifth in the championship heading into Imola is Honda World Superbike's Jonathan Rea; the Brit trails Checa by three points. Rea has some ups and downs at Imola, though.

In 2010, he fractured his collarbone and wrist during a qualifying crash. But in 2011, he redeemed himself by taking the race 1 win at Imola while utilizing a "Ride-By-Wire" electronic throttle control, which was just sanctioned for use in World Superbike the week before the September race.

Imola is also a turning-point for Jonathan Rea, the talented Honda rider who could only manage seventh and fourth in Australia and who has bitter-sweet memories of Imola: a painful injury in the 2010 warm-up and a magnificent win last year.

Making his debut at Imola World Superbike will be the American John Hopkins, who missed the Australian round due to injury. The Crescent Suzuki rider has additional surgery on his throttle hand, which he injured during a crash while testing at Phillip Island before the 2012 WSBK Championship began. But following further evalution, his hand surgeon cleared him to return to action.

Imola World Superbike begins with practice Friday, Superpole Saturday and both races on Sunday. 

Imola World Superbike on TV

SPEED TV will broadcast back-to-back coverage of Imola World Superbike beginning at 2 p.m. EDT Sunday, April 1.

Imola World Superbike History (courtesy of World Superbike):

Since its debut in 2001 this is the first time the Imola round has been held in the spring, but the date evokes memories of the 200 Mile race which in the early 1980s opened up the racing season, with pioneering battles between the American specialists and the European aces. At that time Superbike racing was almost unknown in Europe, now it is a sporting phenomenon that has millions of passionate fans throughout the world.

In the previous nine editions (17 races in total because race 2 in 2005 was cancelled due to pouring rain) Ducati have won 11 races, Honda 5 and Aprilia 1, back in 2001 at the hands of Frenchman Regis Laconi. The most successful riders, with three wins apiece, are Laconi, Carlos Checa and Ruben Xaus. The only Italian to win at Imola is Michel Fabrizio (Ducati) in 2009. In four races Biaggi has scored a second, a fourth, a fifth and an 11th place, while Melandri only raced here in Superbike last year with a Yamaha, finishing eighth and sixth.

2012 World Superbike Point Standings (After 1 of 14 Rounds):

1. Max Biaggi 45 pts ITA APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
2. Marco Melandri 30 pts ITA BMW BMW Motorrad Motosport
3. Tom Sykes 29 pts GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
4. Carlos Checa 25 pts SPA DUCATI Althea Racing
5. Jonathan Rea 22 pts GBR HONDA Honda World Superbike Team
6. Sylvain Guintoli 16 pts FRA DUCATI Team Effenbert Liberty Racing
7. Jakub Smrz 16 pts CZE DUCATI Team Effenbert Liberty Racing
8. Leon Haslam 15 pts GBR BMW BMW Motorrad Motosport
9. Hiroshi Aoyama 15 pts JPN HONDA Honda World Superbike Team
10. Maxime Berger 12 pts ITA DUCATI Team Effenbert Liberty Racing
11. Michel Fabrizio 10 pts ITA BMW BMW Motorrad Italia GOLDBET
12. Davide Giugliano 10 pts ITA DUCATI Althea Racing
13. Eugene Laverty 8 pts IR APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team
14. Lorenzo Zanetti 7 pts ITA DUCATI PATA Racing Team
15. Niccolo Canepa 6 pts ITA DUCATI Red Devils Roma
16. Bryan Staring 6 pts AUS KAWASAKI Team Pedercini
17. Leon Camier 4 pts GBR SUZUKI Crescent Fixi Suzuki
18. David Salom 2 pts SPA KAWASAKI Team Pedercini
19. Josh Brookes 1 pts AUS SUZUKI Crescent Fixi Suzuki
20. Joan Lascorz 1 pts ESP KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
21. Raffaele De Rosa 0 pts ITA HONDA Team Pro Ride Real Game Honda
22. Mark Aitchison 0 pts AUS BMW Grillini Progrea Superbike Team
23. David Johnson 0 pts AUS BMW Rossair AEP Racing

Source: Ultimatemotorcycling.com

World Super Bike Results Phillip Island

By cpFTR9 on February 27, 2012 4:37 PM

Phillip Island World Superbike Results 2012

Matt Davidson

Editorial Assistant|Articles|Articles RSS Motorcycle-usa.com

Danger, adrenaline and competition are what fuel this moto enthusiast. Driven by a spirit for sportsmanship, our racing guru here at MotoUSA can be spotted at finish lines the world over as he delivers the latest battles from the two-wheeled realm.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Aprilia’s Max Biaggi came out of the opening round of the 2012 World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island with the early advantage. The Italian posted a win and second-place podium finish in two dramatic races. The first race saw defending champ Carlos Checa crash out of the opening laps with a nasty high-side. The Spaniard returned to good form in the second race, however, winning by more than five seconds ahead of Biaggi. Marco Melandri also posted an impressive first outing, taking second in Race 1 with his new BMW after starting from 13th on the grid. Supermarco leaves Phillip Island second in points after taking sixth in Race 2, with Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes rounding out the overall podium in Australia with 4-3 scores.

Race 1

In the first race Sykes got off to a good start from pole position to lead the field throughout the first two laps. By the end of the first lap Checa and Biaggi were scrapping for second ahead of Castrol Honda’s Jonathan Rea. After winning his duel with Biaggi, Checa moved into the lead on the third lap in front of Sykes, Biaggi, Rea and Liberty Racing’s Sylvain Guintoli. Sykes soon came under pressure from Guintoli as Checa suffered a huge highside on Lap 5 after losing grip. The incident moved Biaggi into the lead and the Italian began laying down some of the fastest laps of the contest to create a gap. By this point Rea had also gotten past Sykes for second while it started to rain.


Italian Marco Melandri gave BMW its best result in World Superbike after finishing second in Race 1.

Irishman Eugene Laverty was running just outside the top-10 when he slid into the gravel at Turn 6. More rain started to pummel the circuit as Biaggi continued leading the field at the halfway mark ahead of Sykes, Guintoli, BMW’s Marco Melandri and Liberty Racing’s Jakub Smrz. Meanwhile BMW’s Leon Haslam was back in 11th despite riding with multiple injuries. In the final laps Guintoli moved into runner-up position ahead of Sykes as Melandri continued to charge toward the front in third.

On Lap 17 Melandri finally passed Guintoli for second. Up front Biaggi never dropped he guard until the finish line, crossing more than seven seconds ahead of Melandri.

“It was a very nice race, at the start with Carlos battling for the lead,” said Biaggi. “Then suddenly he high-sided. When I was behind him a big stone hit my windscreen and then it started to do a little shower in one corner. So I had to stayed focused towards the end and with three laps to go my front tire was sliding. But it’s a great result, it’s a new team with new people, my motivation is very high, the team did a great job.”

Despite getting a bad start on the grid following the cancellation of Superpole, Melandri made significant progress during the 22-lap encounter to finish in second. The Italian’s pivotal passes on top riders proves he’ll be a threat this year on the BMW S1000RR.

“I’m so happy with the result and happy to give BMW their best result,” said Melandri. “I didn’t think it was possible before the race. I knew we were struggling more in practice than in the race but I have never made a long-run so far in the season so I wasn’t sure. The team has been working awesome and in the race the rear tire did a really good job.”

Phillip Island Race 1 Results:
1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)

 2. Marco Melandri (BMW)
3. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
4. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
5. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
6. Michel Fabrizio (BMW)
7. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
8. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
9. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
10. Bryan Staring (Kawasaki)
11. Lorenzo Zanetti (Ducati)
12. Leon Haslam (BMW)
13. Maxime Berger (Ducati)
14. David Salom (Kawasaki)
15. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
DNF Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
DNF Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
DNF Carlos Checa (Ducati)
DNF Raffaele de Rosa (Honda)

Race 2

In the second contest Sykes got another good jump on the field to lead during the first few laps. Checa remained right behind the leader followed by Rea, Haslam, Guintoli and Red Devils Roma’s Niccolo Canepa. In the opening lap Biaggi went off the track but managed to stay upright to restart from dead last.

“Tom [Sykes] is a difficult man to pass,” said Biaggi. “He touched my brake lever, which turned up so lucky I stayed on the bike. I cut all the way through Turn 1, jumped into Turn 2 and said ‘OK, let’s go!’. I was very motivated.”

Just five laps later the winner of Race 1 was back in point-scoring position with Checa being the only faster rider on the track. Fabrizio was one of the first riders claimed in the second race after losing the front end at Turn 4 on Lap 4. On Lap 5 Checa darted into the lead ahead of Rea - who had been leading for just two laps.

Biaggi continued making up tremendous ground by moving into the top-six at the halfway point. At that point Kawasaki’s Joan Lascorz also lost the front end while battling with Sykes for fourth. Just two laps later Biaggi overtook both Haslam and Melandri to move into fourth as Checa still led out front. Biaggi would continue to make major passes on Sykes and Rea in the final laps to fight his way up to second as Checa claimed the checkers more than five seconds ahead.

“I’m really satisfied, even more so after the crash in Race 1,” said Checa. “I’m OK now after winning, I think it’s the best anti-inflammatory I can take today! The team worked hard many days in Australia preparing for the race and to leave this country and track with a crash was not the best result. It wasn’t easy in Race 2, I was pushing hard but I did not know where Biaggi was and I knew he had a strong pace to catch me. Shame about the crash but we are happy here to be winning!”

Meanwhile Sykes finished behind Biaggi in third after making a pass on Rea during the final lap.
 
“Today the high winds definitely affected us more than the other guys, but other than that it’s a very strong weekend for myself and Kawasaki to come away with a third and fourth at what is not one of our best circuits,” said Sykes. “It’s all very promising, now we’re looking forward to Europe and hopefully I can stay strong there.”

Phillip Island Race 2 Results:
1. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)

3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
4. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
5. Leon Haslam (BMW)
6. Marco Melandri (BMW)
7. Maxime Berger (Ducati)
8. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
9. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
10. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati)
11. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
12. Leon Camier (Suzuki)
13. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
14. Lorenzo Zanetti (Ducati)
15. Josh Brookes (Suzuki)
DNF Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
DNF Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
DNF Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
DNF David Salom (Kawasaki)
DNF Michel Fabrizio (BMW)
DNF Mark Aitchison (BMW)

2012 World Superbike Championship Points:
1. Max Biaggi, 45
2. Marco Melandri, 30
3. Tom Sykes, 29
4. Carlos Checa, 25
5. Jonathan Rea, 22
6. Sylvain Guintoli, 16
7. Jakub Smrz, 16
8. Leon Haslam, 15
9. Hiroshi Aoyama, 15
10. Maxime Berger, 12

Source: Motorcycle-usa.com

2012 World Superbike: 14-Round Schedule

By FTR on November 22, 2011 6:34 PM

2012 World Superbike Dates

For 2012, the World Superbike Championship will consists of 14 rounds across three continents - North America, Europe and Australasia.

The newest edition to the World SBK schedule will be the Moscow International Raceway in Russia. This will be the first time in the series 23-year history that a race will be held in Russia.

After next year's Moscow round, World Superbike will have been hosted on 45 different circuits, counting A1-Ring and Osterreichring as two different race tracks.

At the conclusion of the 2011 World Superbike Championship, the series had visited 21 different countries, including San Marino (Republic in Northern Italy). There was an "Irish" round of World Superbike held in 1993, but the race occurred at the Brand Hatch circuit in Great Britain.

World Superbike reports that Italy is out in front in terms of the number of different circuits visited by WSBK, with Enna Pergusa, Imola, Misano, Monza, Mugello and Vallelunga hosting races over the years. Imola, Monza and Misano ready to go again in 2012. Spain has been represented by five different tracks since the early days, Albacete, Jarama, Jerez, Aragon and Valencia. Motorland Aragon is the current venue for the Spanish round."

In alphabetical order, the 44 circuits which have hosted races so far are... A1-Ring, Albacete, Algarve, Anderstorp, Assen, Brainerd, Brands Hatch, Brno, Donington, Enna Pergusa, Estoril, Hockenheim, Hungaroring, Imola, Jarama, Jerez, Johor, Kyalami, Laguna Seca, Lausitzring, Le Mans, Losail, Magny-Cours, Manfield, Miller Motorsports Park, Misano, Monza, Mosport, Motorland, Mugello, Nürburgring, Oran Park, Oschersleben, Osterreichring, Paul Ricard, Phillip Island, Salzburgring, Sentul, Shah Alam, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Sugo, Valencia and Vallelunga.

2012 World Superbike Schedule

  • Round 1: Phillip Island, Australia (Feb. 26)
  • Round 2: Imola, Italy (April 1)
  • Round 3: Assen, Netherlands (April 22)
  • Round 4: Monza, Italy (May 6)
  • Round 5: Donington Park, Great Britain (May 13)
  • Round 6: Miller Motorsport Park, USA (May 28)
  • Round 7: Misano, San Marino (June 10)
  • Round 8: Motorland Aragon, Spain (July 1)
  • Round 9: Brno, Czech Republic (July 22)
  • Round 10: Silverstone, Great Britain (Aug. 5)
  • Round 11: Moscow International Raceway, Russia (Aug. 26)
  • Round 12: Nurburgring, Germany (Sept. 9)
  • Round 13: Portimao, Portugal (Sept. 23)
  • Round 14: Magny-Cours, France (Oct. 7)

 

SOURCE: http://www.ultimatemotorcycling.com/2012-world-superbike-14-round-schedule

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