2012 Nürburgring WSBK Race One: Front End Crashes Aplenty In The Dry
Race one was held on a dry, warm and windy track with quite a few DNFs due to front end crashes.
The race was won by Max Biaggi ahead of the Aprilias of Eugene Laverty and Chaz Davies. Tom Sykes, who led at a blistering pace for most of the race, had what looked like it could have been an electronics issue, finished in fourth place after slowing a second a lap. Leon Camier in fifth started from the back of the grid, due to an issue that made him enter the warm-up lap from the pits.
The race started out with its only high side crash on the first lap, with Michel Fabrizio flipping his BMW. Checa was the first of the low-siders, losing the front on the deep bowl of turn one. His team mate Davide Giugliano also low-sided, losing the front in a similar fashion. The championship battle was livened up when the title leader, Marco Melandri, went wide and lost the front trying to keep his third place behind Biaggi and Sykes. Melandri, who jumped the start but didn't get penalised for it, conceded his championship lead back to Biaggi. Jonathan Rea was another front end crasher, along with a charging Loris Baz.
Checa remounted to eventually finish in 12th, while Sylvain Guintoli, who missed out on Superpole, was able to pick up a 6th place.
A surprise victory by Max Biaggi, leading an all-Aprilia podium, keeps his championship challenge alive, proving that one can never truly write off Il Corsaro.
|1||3||BIAGGI M||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'55.267|
|2||58||LAVERTY E||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'55.974||3.027|
|3||19||DAVIES C||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'55.549||3.127|
|4||66||SYKES T||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'55.416||12.306|
|5||2||CAMIER L||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'56.702||14.131|
|6||50||GUINTOLI S||Ducati 1098R||1'56.436||19.523|
|7||91||HASLAM L||BMW S1000 RR||1'56.188||27.017|
|8||87||ZANETTI L||Ducati 1098R||1'56.993||33.116|
|9||86||BADOVINI A||BMW S1000 RR||1'57.249||34.937|
|10||4||AOYAMA H||Honda CBR1000RR||1'57.720||39.132|
|11||121||BERGER M||Ducati 1098R||1'57.621||41.000|
|12||7||CHECA C||Ducati 1098R||1'56.955||41.125|
|13||21||HOPKINS J||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'57.773||46.925|
|14||57||LANZI L||Ducati 1098R||1'58.531||54.659|
|15||68||MCCORMICK B||Ducati 1098R||1'58.903||56.342|
|16||5||LUNDH A||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'58.439||1'09.730|
|17||64||BRIGNOLA N||BMW S1000 RR||1'59.744||1'43.679|
|RET||76||BAZ L||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'56.526||3 Laps|
|RET||33||MELANDRI M||BMW S1000 RR||1'55.421||15 Laps|
|RET||34||GIUGLIANO D||Ducati 1098R||1'56.569||17 Laps|
|RET||65||REA J||Honda CBR1000RR||1'56.493||18 Laps|
|RET||84||FABRIZIO M||BMW S1000 RR|