2012 Phillip Island WSBK FP1: Checa Holds Off Biaggi

Carlos Checa started the defense of his 2011 World Superbike title as he meant to continue, taking control of the first session of free practice for the 2012 season opener just over 10 minutes in and never relinquishing the position again. Max Biaggi confirmed that he is still in excellent shape, finishing just under two tenths behind the Althea Ducati, while the Aprilia man had another Ducati behind him, this time the Effenbert Liberty bike of Jakub Smrz. Kawasaki's Tom Sykes ended the first day half a second from Checa in 4th spot, while Honda's Johnny Rea took 5th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1'31.973  
2 3 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'32.161 0.188
3 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1'32.254 0.281
4 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.478 0.505
5 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 1'32.524 0.551
6 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 1'32.594 0.621
7 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 1'32.640 0.667
8 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.686 0.713
9 84 M. FABRIZIO BMW S1000 RR 1'32.790 0.817
10 59 N. CANEPA Ducati 1098R 1'32.824 0.851
11 33 M. MELANDRI BMW S1000 RR 1'32.888 0.915
12 67 B. STARING Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.020 1.047
13 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'33.029 1.056
14 19 C. DAVIES Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'33.033 1.060
15 4 H. AOYAMA Honda CBR1000RR 1'33.071 1.098
16 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1098R 1'33.116 1.143
17 2 L. CAMIER Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'33.247 1.274
18 25 J. BROOKES Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'33.308 1.335
19 18 M. AITCHISON BMW S1000 RR 1'33.474 1.501
20 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.798 1.825
21 87 L. ZANETTI Ducati 1098R 1'33.853 1.880
22 58 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'33.990 2.017
23 20 D. JOHNSON BMW S1000 RR 1'34.240 2.267
24 35 R. DE ROSA Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.418 3.445

 

Race Details
2012
Carlos Checa started the defense of his 2011 World Superbike title as he meant to continue, taking control of the first session of free practice for the 2012 season opener just over 10 minutes in and never relinquishing the position again. Max Biaggi confirmed that he is still in excellent shape, finishing just under two tenths behind the Althea Ducati, while the Aprilia man had another Ducati behind him, this time the Effenbert Liberty bike of Jakub Smrz. Kawasaki's Tom Sykes ended the first day half a second from Checa in 4th spot, while Honda's Johnny Rea took 5th.Results:

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