2012 Misano WSBK Race Two - Aggressive Overtakes Throughout
Aggressive overtakes, including some questionable ones, dominated the action as riders charged to the front from throughout the grid, causing some upsets and potentially affecting the championship.
Once again, the guys on the front row pushed hard at the beginning but an aggressive start by Max Biaggi put the race one winner into third place while second place man Checa fought to seventh. Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea were the early leaders, until Biaggi took second off Rea who then had Davide Giugliano to deal with. Marco Melandri started his aggressive charge near the front by knocking Carlos Checa off in what can only be described as an overtake of dubious quality. Checa's weekend ended in another DNF.
Max Biaggi then took to the front and put in a dominant show of unabashed talent, winning his third race of the season, taking the double and consolidating his championship lead. Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam were formation flying seven seconds behind, with a clear gap ahead of the duelling BMWs of Marco Melandri and Ayrton Badovini who duked it out for fourth and fifth, both riders showing that they weren't scared of it.
Rea's 2nd place earned him the second place in the championship, ahead of Tom Sykes who had to settle for seventh behind Michel Fabrizio and ahead of his new team mate Loris Baz. Melandri, however, finishes his weekend under the shadow of an official investigation into his on-track antics.
Biaggi is out of the shadows and has a decent 38.5 point lead at the halfway point of the championship.
|1||3||BIAGGI M||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'36.557|
|2||65||REA J||Honda CBR1000RR||1'37.306||5.355|
|3||91||HASLAM L||BMW S1000 RR||1'37.100||5.731|
|4||33||MELANDRI M||BMW S1000 RR||1'37.109||7.004|
|5||86||BADOVINI A||BMW S1000 RR||1'37.037||7.921|
|6||84||FABRIZIO M||BMW S1000 RR||1'37.252||17.291|
|7||66||SYKES T||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'37.109||17.351|
|8||76||BAZ L||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'37.292||17.630|
|9||96||SMRZ J||Ducati 1098R||1'37.630||18.211|
|10||151||BAIOCCO M||Ducati 1098R||1'37.992||28.131|
|11||121||BERGER M||Ducati 1098R||1'37.970||28.407|
|12||4||AOYAMA H||Honda CBR1000RR||1'38.179||38.060|
|13||59||CANEPA N||Ducati 1098R||1'38.465||49.003|
|14||21||HOPKINS J||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'38.179||51.881|
|15||2||CAMIER L||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'37.136||55.502|
|16||36||MERCADO L||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'38.804||1'06.361|
|17||23||SANDI F||BMW S1000 RR||1'40.455||1'29.918|
|RET||58||LAVERTY E||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'37.235||5 Laps|
|RET||19||DAVIES C||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'37.420||9 Laps|
|RET||44||SALOM D||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'38.398||17 Laps|
|RET||34||GIUGLIANO D||Ducati 1098R||1'37.236||19 Laps|
|RET||7||CHECA C||Ducati 1098R||1'37.325||21 Laps|
|RET||87||ZANETTI L||Ducati 1098R||1'38.278||22 Laps|
|RET||50||GUINTOLI S||Ducati 1098R||23 Laps|