2012 Brno WSBK Race Two: Exciting Duel In The Dry
Race Two at Brno would be a dry race with no risk of rain and World Superbikes gifted us with a great race to the flag.
The start would have Eugene Laverty overtaking turn-one leader Tom Sykes but Sykes would fight back and make an early break. Race one winner, Marco Melandri, fought dirty with his BMW team mate Leon Haslam, showing him the edge of the tarmac, costing Haslam four places, but putting Melandri behind second-place runner Laverty. Carlos Checa and Max Biaggi would both also get to the top six early on, with Davide Giugliano, but Giugliano wouldn't make the best of his position, eventually finishing 11th. Once Biaggi dispatched Laverty, settling behind third placed Carlos Checa, the top five positions would be rather static for a good ten laps. Marco Melandri looked ominous on his BMW but took a lot longer to catch the on-form Sykes who was riding the race of his life at the lead.
With five laps to the end, the inevitable happened and Melandri took the lead from Tom Sykes, after stalking him lap after lap. Sykes immediately passed back, surprising Melandri and setting the scene for a duel that would last to the end of the race.
Melandri tried another pass at his favourite spot, but Sykes had it covered. Five laps from the end, Melandri took the lead but couldn't shake the Kawasaki behind him. Melandri, pushed by Sykes, made an error, allowing Sykes to push past. For the next two laps, Sykes would lead as Melandri regrouped and closed back up.
On the last lap, Melandri powered past Sykes into turn one and Sykes tried the entire lap to pass him back, but Melandri timed his run perfectly and took the chequered flag under two tenths of a second ahead of Sykes. Checa finished in third, a good six seconds back.
BMW has its first double win with Marco Melandri while Tom Sykes showed that he can fight a race to the end.
|1||33||MELANDRI M||BMW S1000 RR||1'59.748|
|2||66||SYKES T||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'59.728||0.140|
|3||7||CHECA C||Ducati 1098R||1'59.802||6.801|
|4||3||BIAGGI M||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'59.966||9.840|
|5||58||LAVERTY E||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||2'00.329||11.775|
|6||19||DAVIES C||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||2'00.414||11.950|
|7||91||HASLAM L||BMW S1000 RR||2'00.298||12.547|
|8||76||BAZ L||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2'00.081||13.088|
|9||2||CAMIER L||Suzuki GSX-R1000||2'00.726||18.141|
|10||84||FABRIZIO M||BMW S1000 RR||2'00.429||25.332|
|11||34||GIUGLIANO D||Ducati 1098R||2'00.385||28.458|
|12||65||REA J||Honda CBR1000RR||2'01.057||29.254|
|13||96||SMRZ J||Ducati 1098R||2'00.888||29.513|
|14||21||HOPKINS J||Suzuki GSX-R1000||2'01.273||34.875|
|15||121||BERGER M||Ducati 1098R||2'01.319||41.861|
|16||87||ZANETTI L||Ducati 1098R||2'01.304||42.139|
|17||64||BRIGNOLA N||BMW S1000 RR||2'03.136||1'15.743|
|18||13||KISPATAKI V||Honda CBR1000RR||2'04.630||1'41.325|
|RET||53||POLITA A||Ducati 1098R||2'01.784||10 Laps|
|RET||86||BADOVINI A||BMW S1000 RR||2'01.190||11 Laps|
|RET||44||SALOM D||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2'01.756||13 Laps|
|RET||4||AOYAMA H||Honda CBR1000RR||2'01.277||16 Laps|