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World Superbike Monza Cut Short by Poor Conditions

Tom Sykes at WSBK Monza

For the second race in a row, the World Superbike Championship was plagued by wet weather. This weekend’s event in Monza, Italy, saw even less riding than in Assen, with only half a race completed. The first race of the day was red-flagged after the opening laps, but the second went long enough that riders were at least able to score half points for the day.

Race 1

Conditions on the track were mixed, with both dry and wet spots that no tire could properly handle. This had become clear during the Superpole when the Pirelli wets began to fall apart under similar conditions and chunks of rubber began to litter the track.

Not long after the race started, John Hopkins went into an ugly high-side that resulted in a fractured bone in his foot and torn muscle in his hip. This crash, and the obvious difficultly that other riders were having with track, forced the officials to call off the race.

Race 2

The second race went on long enough for us to see a little action. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) charged out of the gates totally unfazed by the conditions to take an early 2.5 second lead that he would hold onto until the race was flagged for rain.

At first it seemed as though Max Biaggi (Aprilia) would settle into second, but not long after the opening laps he lost ground to Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) and Marco Melandri (BMW).

The most impressive performance of the short race came from BMW’s Leon Haslam. Despite a poor Superpole finish due to a disintegrating rear tire, Haslam was able to work his way up to second in the final laps. This impressive charge bumped Laverty back third, where the Aprilia rider remained until the end.

Although he finished fifth, Biaggi still retains the points lead at 97.5. Seeing as the race was only worth half points, damage to the standings was minimized. This was particularly helpful to Carlos Checa (Ducati), who, despite finishing seventh at Monza, remains second in the standings with 95.5 points. Behind him, Sykes holds onto third at 91.5.

Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more racing next weekend when the WSBK picks up again at Donington Park in the UK.

2012 World Superbike Monza Results:

  1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
  2. Leon Haslam (BMW)
  3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
  4. Marco Melandri (BMW)
  5. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
  6. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
  7. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
  8. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
  9. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
  10. Ayot Badovini (BMW)
  11. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
  12. Chaz Davies (Aprilia)
  13. Maxime Berger (Ducati)
  14. L. Zanetti (Ducati)
  15. Leon Camier (Suzuki)
  16. L. Mercado (Kawasaki)
  17. N. Canepa (Ducati)
  • DNS Michel Fabrizio (BMW)
  • DNS Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
  • DNS S. Gadea (Kawasaki)
  • DNS M. Aitchison (BMW)

2012 World Superbike Points:

  1. Max Biaggi, 97.5
  2. Carlos Checa, 95.5
  3. Tom Sykes, 91.5
  4. Marco Melandri, 72.5
  5. Jonathan Rea, 70
  6. Leon Haslam, 68
  7. Sylvain Guintoli, 66
  8. Eugene Laverty, 64
  9. Jakub Smrz, 42.5
  10. Davide Giugliano, 41

Video

Race 1 - WSBK at Monza 2012

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