2012 Aragon WSBK Race Two - Exciting Race To The End
World Superbikes at its best is close physical racing between determined riders on near-equal machinery, and race two was exactly that.
Max Biaggi and Eugene Laverty both passed Tom Sykes very early on, and were joined by Marco Melandri to make a break away pack for the top three. This pack put some distance between themselves and the second group led by Leon Haslam who held up Sykes, Davide Giugliano, Jonathan Rea, Carlos Checa and Chaz Davies. As the front three swapped places, the second group had to put up with Chaz Davies forcing his way to the front, intent on crossing the gap to the front three.
At the halfway mark, Eugene Laverty passed his team mate for the lead in a very clean and tidy overtake that was set up over three corners. The gap back to Chaz Davies from Marco Melandri was around two seconds at this point, as the Welshman put a second's gap between himself and Sykes in fifth.
Five laps from the end, while Marco Melandri led the race, Davies joined the front three and at the end of the long straight, going into the hairpin, Biaggi and Melandri messily passed each other, letting Laverty take first, bringing Davies with him. The lap after, Laverty lost the front baking heavily into the hairpin but managed to somehow save it and keep his first place. Melandri started making hard passes, pushing his way to the front, while Max Biaggi swapped back and forth with Davies. At the flag, Davies managed to clinch the last step of the podium from Biaggi, behind Melandri and Laverty.
Marco Melandri was very agressive in his passing, and this was what was needed to win on the BMW ahead of three very fast Aprilias. Chaz Davies got his first podium in World Superbikes, a fraction of a second ahead of Max Biaggi.
Three Aprilias in the top four, with Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam rounding out the top six, this race showed that having a fast bike helps at Aragon.
|1||33||MELANDRI M||BMW S1000 RR||1'58.950|
|2||58||LAVERTY E||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'58.969||0.042|
|3||19||DAVIES C||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'59.186||0.446|
|4||3||BIAGGI M||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'59.068||0.484|
|5||65||REA J||Honda CBR1000RR||1'59.565||6.611|
|6||91||HASLAM L||BMW S1000 RR||1'59.343||7.491|
|7||7||CHECA C||Ducati 1098R||1'59.441||9.325|
|8||66||SYKES T||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'59.345||10.444|
|9||86||BADOVINI A||BMW S1000 RR||1'59.659||10.828|
|10||34||GIUGLIANO D||Ducati 1098R||1'59.505||10.925|
|11||84||FABRIZIO M||BMW S1000 RR||2'00.009||21.955|
|12||121||BERGER M||Ducati 1098R||2'00.264||22.046|
|13||50||GUINTOLI S||Ducati 1098R||2'00.283||22.486|
|14||87||ZANETTI L||Ducati 1098R||2'00.674||42.801|
|15||4||AOYAMA H||Honda CBR1000RR||2'00.917||49.144|
|16||44||SALOM D||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2'01.586||50.961|
|17||59||CANEPA N||Ducati 1098R||2'01.932|
|18||36||MERCADO L||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2'01.859|
|19||64||BRIGNOLA N||BMW S1000 RR||2'04.091|
|20||76||BAZ L||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2'00.259||1 Lap|
|21||2||CAMIER L||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'59.996||2 Laps|
|22||21||HOPKINS J||Suzuki GSX-R1000||2'01.644||16 Laps|