2012 Aragon WSBK Race One - Horses, Horses, Horses
A tailwind on the back straight meant teams were overgearing their bikes to take advantage of the increased top speed potential of the more powerful bikes, with Chaz Davies managing 339kmh in the morning's warm-up.
Tom Sykes led the race into turn one, but Jonathan Rea bogged at the start
and overcooked the first turn, skittling a few bikes and sending Jakub Smrz to the medical centre and putting Rea out of the points. Eugene Laverty took the lead for a few laps until Max Biaggi charged to the lead, setting the fastest lap in the process. Marco Melandri and Laverty scrapped for second place while Biaggi eked out a lead, in what looked set to be a Biaggi demonstration of Aprilia power. Melandri set the fastest lap while trying to catch Biaggi. Four laps later, Melandri closed the gap to Biaggi as Sykes caught Laverty, five seconds behind them while Carlos Checa settled into fifth place.
Biaggi and Melandri kept the fight reasonably clean at the front while the second pack swapped places, pushing Laverty to seventh, while Checa, Chaz Davies and Ayrton Badovini duked it out.
On the last lap, Melandri's tyre was visibly worn out on the right hand side, while Biaggi's tyre seemed to last just a little bit longer. The two Italians fought to the bitter end with Max Biaggi taking the win on a worn tyre, while Melandri tried everything to take the win, he had to settle for second place. Third place was a certainty for Tom Sykes, but Ayrton Badovini overcooked the sweeping left handed turn four, he lost the front and slid his bike into Sykes's rear, knocking him off the bike and gifting Carlos Checa with the third place on the rostrum.
With Biaggi winning, he extends his lead in the championship over Jonathan Rea who, in sixteenth place, scored no points. Melandri's second place in the race promotes him to second place in the title chase.
Update: After review, Jonathan Rea and Jakub Smrz's accident on turn one wasn't Rea's fault at all. I will be clarifying this in my evening's round-up.
|1||3||BIAGGI M||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'58.391|
|2||33||MELANDRI M||BMW S1000 RR||1'58.251||0.278|
|3||7||CHECA C||Ducati 1098R||1'58.954||9.462|
|4||19||DAVIES C||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'59.115||10.827|
|5||58||LAVERTY E||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'58.946||15.708|
|6||84||FABRIZIO M||BMW S1000 RR||1'59.993||27.597|
|7||91||HASLAM L||BMW S1000 RR||1'59.933||29.032|
|8||34||GIUGLIANO D||Ducati 1098R||2'00.193||39.374|
|9||2||CAMIER L||Suzuki GSX-R1000||2'00.564||40.887|
|10||121||BERGER M||Ducati 1098R||2'00.577||41.440|
|11||59||CANEPA N||Ducati 1098R||1'59.720||42.056|
|12||50||GUINTOLI S||Ducati 1098R||2'00.375||42.369|
|13||87||ZANETTI L||Ducati 1098R||2'00.025||42.669|
|14||4||AOYAMA H||Honda CBR1000RR||2'00.831||48.010|
|15||21||HOPKINS J||Suzuki GSX-R1000||2'00.581||49.752|
|16||65||REA J||Honda CBR1000RR||2'00.280||54.590|
|17||64||BRIGNOLA N||BMW S1000 RR||2'04.556||1'59.653|
|RET||66||SYKES T||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'59.159||1 Lap|
|RET||86||BADOVINI A||BMW S1000 RR||1'58.982||1 Lap|
|RET||44||SALOM D||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2'01.353||8 Laps|
|RET||36||MERCADO L||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2'01.562||10 Laps|
|RET||76||BAZ L||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2'00.154||12 Laps|
|RET||96||SMRZ J||Ducati 1098R|