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2012 Superbike World Championship

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by Jay Adgie, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Carlos Checa fastest on day two

    By Michael Guy - mcn
    World Superbikes
    14 February 2012 12:08

    Carlos Checa picked up the pace and put in a 1’32.2 second lap on a dry and warm second day of testing in Australia. The World Champion got down to more work on his overall race set-up with the Althea Ducati, and it paid off, despite an early health scare that he quickly recovered from.
    Said Checa, “I did not have a good night last night, suffering from indigestion, and I lost time in the morning. We continued with our plan later in the day and we found a good set-up with front suspension, which I like probably better than our standard. We took more time than normal to confirm that the feeling was right and we did the job today that we planned yesterday.”
    Checa put the relative lack of outright pace compared to his best ever testing pace of 1’30.578, down to the track condition (asphalt temperatures were reasonably high today) and the tyres that were available at this private test.

    “Remember that lap (in 2011 testing) was after three days of testing, when my bike had six kilos less. I cannot feel the extra weight but sure there is something, maybe in this track not so much, because there are only two places with hard acceleration and hard braking, but to have six more kilos in the bike is something that penalises us, but I do not know how much.” added Checa. “To have six more kilos certainly does not help!”
    Like many teams and riders, Checa was trying out their machines with regular starters, not only petrol-powered starters, in readiness for the single bike rule. “It is impossible to start our bike by bumping it alone,” said Checa, referring to the idea that the electric starter would allow a stricken rider to get back on his bike and ride back to pitlane after a fall. Aprilia and BMW were also button electric starters, a la normal roadbikes.
    Tom Sykes was the second fastest rider, by a tenth, as he once again put in consistent laps on his Kawasaki Racing Team official bike. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) stepped up his pace today and was himself only a tenth behind Sykes.

    Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing) and Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) set identical lap times of 1’32.5, with Lascorz putting all the set-up data he compiled over these two days to good use right at the end. Laverty was reputed to have done a 1’33.8 with 30 laps on the same tyre.
    BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri were sixth and seventh fastest, making progress on their works BMWs.

    Sylvain Guintoli did not post any times as he has a nasty bout of flu, while David Salom’s crash from yesterday proved to be more irritating for the Pedercini Kawasaki rider than was first thought, as he hurt his right wrist, possibly fracturing his scaphoid. He will try to run again on the final day of the tests.
    Local man Dave Johnson had to put a stock engine into his BMW today, but still improved his best time to a 1’34.7. One more day of unofficial testing remains.
    With so much time on offer at these tests, and with more to come next week even before race weekend starts, some riders did not ride all day long, but in short bursts to conserve energy and their machines.
    With John Hopkins out of the opening race of the year due to breaking a bone in his right hand in yesterday’s crash, Aussie star Josh Brookes will be drafted in to replace Hopkins.
    He is currently on his way to PI and hopes to ride on the final day of the tests. He is also down to replace Hopkins for the first round of the year, on 26th February at PI.

    Day Two Best Time
    Carlos Checa: 1’32.1
    Tom Sykes: 1’32.2
    Max Biaggi: 1’32.3
    Eugene Laverty: 1’32.5
    Joan Lascorz: 1’32.5
    Leon Haslam: 1’32.6
    Marco Melandri: 1’33.0
    Jakub Smrz: 1’33.2
    Maxime Berger: 1’33.3
    Ayrton Badovini: 1’33.6
    David Giugliano: 1’33.7
    Michel Fabrizio: 1’33.9
    Leon Camier: 1’33.9
    David Johnson: 1’34.7 – stock engine after race engine developed problem.
    David Salom: 1’34.9 - but only a few laps due to injured right wrist
    Lorenzo Zanetti: 1’35.2
    John Hopkins: Absent through injury
    Sylvain Guintoli: No time – flu

    FOR COMPARISONRace Lap record: 1’31.826 – Troy Corser 2007 Yamaha
    In testing Checa last year 1’30.578.
    Laconi on DFX Ducati did a 1'31.050 in Superpole 2 in 2009.

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  2. Can't wait for the season to kick off next week.

    Just a shame we won't be getting SBK 2012 for any gaming platforms!
     
  3. Checa ends test on top, Laverty injured

    Yep it all kicks off at Phillip Island on the 25th :).

    By Michael Guy - mcn
    World Superbikes
    15 February 2012

    Reigning World Superbike champion Carlos Checa picked up where he left off by finishing the three day test in Phillip Island at the top of the time sheets. The 39 year old set a best time of 1.31.8s on the final day of the test despite scorching 54 degree track temperatures.
    Checa was also riding with an additional 6kg’s of weight on his bike following new technical regulations for the 2012 season.
    He said: “We lost time yesterday because I was unwell; I stayed in bed for most of the morning and only went out on track from about 2.30pm. Despite that setback, we still got most of the work done luckily.
    "Today was even hotter and we tried different things but it seems hard to make further improvements when we already feel like we’re at the limit. We started the season well here last year so we’ve compared last year’s set-up to this year’s, considering the extra 6kg, and we understand the direction to take.
    "We’ll continue with the work on Monday, concentrating mainly on the tyres and their behaviour in these hot conditions but for now I can say I’m satisfied.”

    Tom Sykes continued to show he has the pace to be at the very front of WSB this year and after pushing Checa all the way ended the third day with a best time of 1.31.9s.
    BMW Motorrad rider Leon Haslam was also in positive mood after a successful three day test which saw him end up third fastest on the time sheets, 0.4s slower than Checa.
    Haslam said: “The test has been good and really quite positive. We came here with the base set-up of our new bike from Valencia, and it worked pretty much straight away.
    "Over the three days we had time to figure out the base set-up of the new bike, and to find the settings for this specific track. Of course it is important to go fast around here, but it is also about exploring a little bit so you can make big steps in both directions to be able to understand what the bike is doing.
    "I think we learned quite a lot. Also we had time to work on electronic strategies and we improved them a fair bit. The lap times were pretty good; we improved the consistency and were just trying a set-up in both cooler and hot conditions.”

    Crescent Fixi Suzuki rider Leon Camier had a more positive day after the team were able to iron out some of the problems that affected him during the opening two days of testing.
    The 25 year old ended the test in tenth place with a best lap of 1.33.1s.
    He said: “We had a few electrical issues on the second day, but resolved them in time for the last day, which was the first time we’ve been able to make many changes we wanted to do and I’m happy because we were able to progress a lot.
    "There’s definitely room for improvement and that is very encouraging. I feel comfortable on the bike and I like the character of the engine a lot. “
    Factory Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty suffered a major setback after crashing his RSV4 at the fast turn one on the final day of the test.
    The Irishman suffered a broken third metacarpal and is reported to be heading back to the UK for surgery before returning to Australia in time for the opening race of the season on 24th to 26th February.
    Laverty’s crash followed John Hopkins fall on day one which has ruled him out of the race. Other riders to crash during the test included BMW’s Marco Melandri, Suzuki stand in rider Josh Brookes and Checa’s team-mate David Giugliano.

    Lap times from day three.
    1. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1'31.8; 2.
    2. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'31.9; 3.
    3. Leon Haslam (BMW) 1'32.2 (Q);
    4. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) 1'32.3;
    5. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki) 1'32.4;
    6. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) 1'32.4;
    7. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) 1'32.5;
    8. Michel Fabrizio (BMW) 1'32.6 (Q);
    9. Maxime Berger (Ducati) 1'32.9;
    10. Leon Camier (Suzuki) 1'33.1;
    11. Marco Melandri (BMW) 1'33.0;
    12. David Giugliano (Ducati) 1'33.5;
    13. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati) 1'33.5;
    14. Ayrton Badovini (BMW) 1'33.6;
    15. David Johnson (BMW) 1'34.1
    16. Josh Brookes (Suzuki) 1'34.5;
    17. Lorenzo Zanetti (Ducati) 1'34.7;
    18. David Salom (Kawasaki) 1'34.9

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  4. Rea sets the pace in Phillip Island

    By Michael Guy - mcn
    World Superbikes
    24 February 2012

    Honda Superbike rider Jonathan Rea claimed provisional pole position at the end of first qualifying today. The 25 year old was the one and only man to dip under the 1m 32s bracket with a best lap of 1m 31.959.
    Speaking to MCN, he said: “I didn’t have the best session this morning, but this afternoon it all came good. I did quite a few laps on an old tyre and then I came in put a new one on and then went out and showed my pace.
    "We still don’t have the race pace to fight with Checa and it will be difficult to stay with Biaggi but we’re definitely in the next group.”
    The next three places went to Ducati men Jakub Smrz, Davide Giugliano and world champion Carlos Checa. Smrz has a reputation for being a good qualifier but it was the pace of Giugliano which took everyone by surprise.
    The WSB rookie and 2011 Superstock champion got help from his team-mate Checa in setting the best lap after getting a perfect two from the world champion.
    Max Biaggi looked smooth and in control on his way to fifth place ahead of an impressive Niccolo Canepa riding the Red Devils Roma Ducati.

    Tom Sykes bounced back from his crash this morning and loss of track time to claim sixth to finish ahead of his factory Kawasaki team-mate Joan Lascorz. The Spanish rider only completed three laps himself after crashing at the start of the session.
    Leon Haslam completed three laps, but did more than enough to qualify with an impressive 1.33.532 lap.
    Speaking to MCN he said: “It was good to get a run out so that I could understand how the leg would feel. I’m pretty awkward on the bike and I have to adapt my style, but it didn’t feel too bad.
    "I felt like I was just cruising on my lap and I know I can go faster. I’m glad I went out and now I’ve got another 24 hours to recover before Superpole.”
    Eugene Laverty’s weekend suffered another blow after the Irishman crashed his factory Aprilia at Lukey Heights during qualifying. The 25 year old suffered concussion in the crash, but after being examined in the medical centre returned to the pit box and was treated by his physician Michael Kerr.

    Phillip Island - SUPERBIKE - Qualifying 1
    1. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'31.959
    2. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'32.116
    3. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'32.198
    4. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'32.228
    5. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'32.318
    6. Niccolò Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 1'32.343
    7. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.402
    8. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.443
    9. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'32.553
    10. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'32.609
    11. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'32.644
    12. Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'32.817
    13. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'32.874
    14. Bryan Staring (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.884
    15. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'33.040
    16. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'33.075
    17. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.128
    18. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'33.136
    19. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 1'33.148
    20. Joshua Brookes (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'33.477
    21. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'33.532
    22. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'34.189
    23. Mark Aitchison (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'34.239
    24. David Johnson (Rossair AEP Racing) BMW S1000 RR 1'34.855
    25. Raffaele De Rosa (Team Pro Ride Real Game Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.979

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  5. Superpole cancelled due to serious accident, Sykes on pole


    Terrible news to start the 2012 season my thoughts go out to his family and friends. :(


    By Michael Guy - mcn
    World Superbikes
    25 February 2012

    Following a serious accident in the Australian Supersport race, which resulted in the death of 17 year old Oscar McIntyre, organisers were forced to abandon the Superpole session due to on track investigations by local police.
    The Queensland rider was involved in a crash on lap two of the scheduled 12 lap race. MCN would like to express their sincere condolences to his friends and family.

    With Superpole cancelled the grid will be the result of the two qualifying sessions meaning that Tom Sykes is on pole position ahead of Carlo Checa, Max Biaggi and Jakub Smrz.
    Leon Camier secured a place on the second row in sixth with Jonathan Rea in eighth place. Eugene Laverty is 11th with Leon Haslam 12th.

    Chaz Davies will not race after breaking his left wrist during the second qualifying session.

    1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'31.323
    2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'31.477
    3. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'31.621
    4. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'31.783
    5. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'31.832
    6. Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'31.904
    7. Niccolò Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 1'31.953
    8. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'31.959
    9. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'31.966
    10. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'32.068
    11. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'32.069
    12. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'32.082
    13. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'32.123
    14. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'32.198
    15. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'32.338
    16. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.411
    17. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'32.576
    18. Bryan Staring (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.613
    19. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.640
    20. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'32.703
    21. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 1'32.782
    22. Joshua Brookes (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'33.384
    23. Mark Aitchison (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'33.396
    24. Raffaele De Rosa (Team Pro Ride Real Game Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'33.401
    25. David Johnson (Rossair AEP Racing) BMW S1000 RR 1'33.816
     
  6. Race In Peace Oscar McIntyre. Only 17 years of age and at the start of his career. Sadly his career has just ended.

    There was an incident in the SBK Supersport Race at Phillip Island with 3 driver's involved, 1 of which being Oscar McIntyre who suffered fatal injuries.

    I do not know too much about what happened however I have heard the news and I am shocked.
     
  7. Biaggi takes race one win

    By MCN -
    World Superbikes
    26 February 2012

    Factory Aprilia rider Max Biaggi has won the first WSB race of the season at Phillip Island after Carlos Checa crashed out of the lead early in the race.
    World champion Checa was out in front when he high-sided his Althea Ducati on the final corner early on in the race.
    2010 WSB champion Biaggi beat rival Marco Melandri, who finished second in his first race for the factory BMW team.
    Completing the podium for the first race of 2012 was Effenbert Ducati rider Sylvain Guintoli.
    Pole sitter Tom Sykes finished fourth afte holding the lead early in the race.
    Factory Honda rider Jonathan Rea was highest placed of the rest of the Brits in seventh, with Haslam and Camier in 12th and 17th respectively.

    1. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Racing RSV-4 22 laps
    2. Marco Melandri ITA BMW Motorrad S1000RR +7.104s
    3. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R +7.378s
    4. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +12.189s
    5. Jakub Smrz CZE Liberty Effenbert Ducati 1098R +16.424s
    6. Michel Fabrizio ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR +20.200s
    7. Jonathan Rea GBR Honda WSBK CBR1000RR +20.223s
    8. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Honda WSBK CBR1000RR +24.108s
    9. Davide Giugliano ITA Althea Ducati 1098R +28.072s
    10. Bryan Staring AUS Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +34.232s
    11. Lorenzo Zanetti ITA PATA Ducati 1098R +34.450s
    12. Leon Haslam GBR BMW Motorrad S1000RR +35.648s
    13. Maxime Berger FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R +36.392s
    14. David Salom ESP Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +41.500s
    15. Joan Lascorz ESP Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +42.086s
    16. Josh Brookes AUS Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 +42.605s
    17. Leon Camier GBR Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 +43.366s
    18. Mark Aitchison AUS Grillini Progea BMW S1000RR +45.225s
    19. David Johnson AUS Rossair AEP BMW S1000RR +1min 08.782s
    20. Niccolo Canepa ITA Red Devils Ducati 1098R +1min10.440s
    Not Classified
    21. Eugene Laverty IRL Aprilia Racing RSV-4 19 laps completed
    22. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 14 laps completed
    23. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1098R 5 laps completed
    24. Raffaele De Rosa ITA Pro Ride Honda CBR1000RR 0 laps completed

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  8. Checa bounces back to win race two

    World Superbikes
    by mcn
    26 February 2012

    World Superbike champion Carlos Checa won the second race at Phillip Island after a high-side in the first race.
    Checa bounced back from his first race misery to put an a dominating performance, finishing 5.7secs ahead of the rest of the field.
    First race winner Max Biaggi was arguably the star of the second race after running off track at the very first corner.
    The 2010 world champion finished the first lap in 21st place, and remarkably managed to fight his way through the entire pack to finish second.
    Biaggi leaves Phillip Island at the top of the championship on 45 points.
    Tom Sykes continued the good form he has shown during testing by securing his first dry weather podium in third place onboard his Kawasaki after a last lap battle with fellow Brit Jonathan Rea.
    Leon Haslam, who cracked his right tibia earlier in the week made it three Brits in the top five with a heroic ride to fifth place, beating team-mate Marco Melandri who finished sixth.
    Fellow Brits Eugene Laverty and Leon Camier finished eighth and 12th respectively.

    1. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1098R +22 laps
    2. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Racing RSV-4 +5.707s
    3. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +12.521s
    4. Jonathan Rea GBR Honda WSBK CBR1000RR +12.655s
    5. Leon Haslam GBR BMW Motorrad S1000RR +18.179s
    6. Marco Melandri ITA BMW Motorrad S1000RR +18.831s
    7. Maxime Berger FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R +18.939s
    8. Eugene Laverty IRL Aprilia Racing RSV-4 +19.478s
    9. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Honda WSBK CBR1000RR +19.554s
    10. Niccolo Canepa ITA Red Devils Ducati 1098R +26.289s
    11. Jakub Smrz CZE Liberty Effenbert Ducati 1098R +26.479s
    12. Leon Camier GBR Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 +29.145s
    13. Davide Giugliano ITA Althea Ducati 1098R +36.482s
    14. Lorenzo Zanetti ITA PATA Ducati 1098R +38.113s
    15. Josh Brookes AUS Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 +43.234s
    16. Bryan Staring AUS Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +43.526s
    17. Raffaele De Rosa ITA Pro Ride Honda CBR1000RR +53.929s

    Not Classified
    18. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 11 laps completed
    19. Joan Lascorz ESP Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 10 laps completed
    20. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R 9 laps completed
    21. David Salom ESP Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 8 laps completed
    22. Michel Fabrizio ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 4 laps completed
    23. David Johnson AUS Rossair AEP BMW S1000RR 4 laps completed
    24. Mark Aitchison AUS Grillini Progea BMW S1000RR 1 lap completed

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  9. Ross Balfour

    Ross Balfour
    #99 | Roaring Pipes Maniacs

    Great to see Motorsport back on the TV again, Biaggi looked almighty in both races, his comeback in race two was amazing. Looks like another brilliant season of SBK lies ahead :)
     
  10. Ive got to admit that was a stunning ride from Biaggi in the second race to come from 21st after the first lap to 2nd and made it look so easy as well :eek:
    The wss looks like its gona be another close season to...:)
     
  11. Loved the weekend. Race one was brilliant, especially the fight for the podium. Checa and Biaggi rode brilliantly in in race two, as did Sykes.

    Not sure what is says about the rest of the field though if Biaggi goes off course, rejoins dead last and still finishes second.
     
  12. Smrz steals provisional pole

    By Michael Guy - MCN
    World Superbikes

    Effenbert Ducati rider Jakub Smrz secured provisional pole position right at the end of the opening qualifying session at Imola today edging out Kawasaki pairing Joan Lascorz and Tom Sykes.
    The Czech Ducati rider illustrated the pace of his 1198 around the undulating Italian circuit – a track where the 1200cc V-twin has enjoyed unprecedented success.
    Tom Sykes spent a large part of the session at the top of the time sheets but still has work to do on the overall balance of his ZX-10R especially in sector three of the circuit where he is losing close to half a second to Smrz.
    Fourth place went to Max Biaggi onboard his factory Aprilia with 2011 Imola race winner Jonathan Rea in fifth.
    Rea said: “The bike is feeling pretty good to be honest and I think we’re pretty close. We made a few changes to the front of the bike and also the rear ride height and we’ve got some more stuff to try so all in all I’m pretty satisfied.”

    Fellow Brit Leon Haslam jumped up the leader board in qualifying to end the day sixth fastest ahead of reigning WSB champion Carlos Checa.
    Haslam said: “In free practice we were working a lot with the mapping to get it working with the new engine to improve the engine braking and throttle connection.
    "The new engine feels better in terms of the engine braking but it’s still too sensitive from when we have good grip to when the grip of the rear tyre goes away.”
    Sylvan Guintoli suffered a technical problem at the end of the session which saw him drop to eighth ahead of an ever improving Eugene Laverty and Leon Camier.
    Chaz Davies ended the day 15th fastest, first ride back from a serious wrist injury.

    1. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'48.146
    2. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'48.176
    3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'48.246
    4. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'48.247
    5. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.321
    6. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'48.328
    7. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'48.375
    8. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'48.555
    9. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'48.555
    10. Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'48.556
    11. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'48.728
    12. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'48.741
    13. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 1'48.762
    14. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'48.773
    15. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'48.959
    16. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'49.343
    17. Niccolò Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 1'49.617
    18. John Hopkins (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'49.790
    19. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'50.031
    20. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.085
    21. Mark Aitchison (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'50.810
    22. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'51.511
    23. Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'51.645
    24. Brett McCormick (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'51.703
    25. Lorenzo Alfonsi (Team Pro Ride Real Game Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'52.993
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  16. Checa takes race one win


    By Liam Marsden - MCN
    World Superbikes

    Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes was unable to hold off reigning world champion Carlos Checa in race one at Imola despite leading the first half of the race.
    Sykes got the holeshot from pole position, and looked comfortable in the lead for the first half of the race, before Checa took the lead on lap 12 and then set a new lap record with a time of 1:47.877.
    Sykes said: "The plan was to get a good start and I surprised myself with a clean start. For the first nine laps it was just myself and Carlos.
    "Carlos rode a great race - I knew exactly what he was doing sitting behind me and when it was time to go he just went and I had no answer.
    "Definitely the cold conditions have played a part in tyre choice and wear. I hope we can make one or two changes for the second race."
    Checa's second victory of the season sees him close the gap on championship leader Max Biaggi to nine points.
    Factory BMW rider Leon Haslam snatched the final step on the podium from Max Biaggi with just three laps to go. On the second lap Haslam passed Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli, pushing him wide and causing a collision between Guintoli and WSB newcomer Chaz Davies.
    Biaggi's team-mate Eugene Laverty finished fifth, after a race long battle with Jonathan Rea, ninth, and Lorenzo Zanetti, eighth.
    Brit Leon Camier failed to finish the race after a first lap crash. Team-mate John Hopkins finished 13th on his first race back from injury.

    1. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 38'06.264
    2. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38'09.470
    3. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 38'11.857
    4. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38'12.783
    5. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38'30.926
    6. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 38'33.525
    7. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38'33.648
    8. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 38'34.563
    9. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 38'40.331
    10. Niccolò Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 38'41.988
    11. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 38'43.002
    12. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 38'43.521
    13. John Hopkins (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 38'56.682
    14. Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38'59.887
    15. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 39'00.206
    16. Brett McCormick (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 39'00.403
    17. Mark Aitchison (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 39'04.208
    18. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 39'12.497
    19. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38'08.075
    RT. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 14'55.953
    RT. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 15'15.537
    RT. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'51.678
    RT. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'53.395
    RT. Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 
    RT. Lorenzo Alfonsi (Team Pro Ride Real Game Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 
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  17. Checa does the double


    By Liam Marsden - MCN
    World Superbikes

    Althea Ducati rider Carlos Checa has won both WSB races at Imola today to take the lead in the championship.
    It was the same story as race one, with pole setter Tom Sykes getting off to a flyer and leading the race by up to 2.6 seconds and setting a new lap record of 1:47.553, before Checa slipped past on lap 15.
    Sykes managed to hold on to second spot despite a late charge from factory BMW rider Leon Haslam, who was unable to find a way past, settling for third spot ahead of Aprilia rider Max Biaggi.
    Irishman Jonathan Rea rode a remarkable race to finish in fifth place, despite running off track on the first lap and in the second half of the race. Fellow Irishman Eugene Laverty finished sixth.
    Brit Leon Camier managed to regroup after his first race crash to record an impressive eighth place finish onboard the Crescent Fixi Suzuki ahead of Joan Lascorz and Marco Melandri. Team-mate John Hopkins was unable to finish the race, retiring to the pits after four laps.
    World Supersport champion Chaz Davies also managed to recover from his race one upset to finish in 14th place on the ParkinGO Aprilia.

    1. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 37'57.571
    2. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 37'59.506
    3. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 38'00.540
    4. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38'00.917
    5. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 38'16.496
    6. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38'18.751
    7. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 38'18.963
    8. Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 38'21.368
    9. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38'21.790
    10. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 38'23.170
    11. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 38'23.347
    12. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 38'23.575
    13. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 38'28.743
    14. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38'31.408
    15. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 38'43.112
    16. Brett McCormick (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 38'48.378
    17. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38'48.654
    18. Mark Aitchison (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 38'55.404
    RT. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 36'27.638
    RT. Niccolò Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 30'58.155
    RT. Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 26'02.047
    RT. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 22'12.494
    RT. Lorenzo Alfonsi (Team Pro Ride Real Game Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 15'22.988
    RT. John Hopkins (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 7'27.009
    RT. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 
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  18. That was a big off...:eek: , luckily he was not injured and was able to race....:)
     
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  19. Ross Balfour

    Ross Balfour
    #99 | Roaring Pipes Maniacs

    Great weekends racing again, really hope this season isn't Checa dominated again, and the likes of Biaggi, Sykes and Rea can put out a strong challenge for the title.
     
  20. Ross Balfour

    Ross Balfour
    #99 | Roaring Pipes Maniacs

    Source: crash.net


    Wish Joan a speedy recovery, he is a very talented rider and hope to see him back on a back as soon as possible.