2012 Philip Island WSBK FP2: Checa Shows His Pace, Podium Battle Developing

Max Biaggi may have finished Saturday's final free practice session atop the timing screens, but the man on the move is, you guessed it, Carlos Checa. Checa put in 12 laps in the 1'32 range, while Biaggi managed just three. If Saturday's final free practice session is anything to go on, the field will struggle to hold on to the back of Checa for more than a handful of laps.

Marco Melandri jumped to third place in the session aboard his BMW, followed by Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes rounding out the top five. All three had very similar race paces to that of Biaggi, which should make this afternoon's Superpole session all the more important.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 3 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'32.222  
2 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1'32.246 0.024
3 33 M. MELANDRI BMW S1000 RR 1'32.585 0.363
4 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 1'32.631 0.409
5 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.785 0.563
6 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 1'32.850 0.628
7 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 1'32.971 0.749
8 59 N. CANEPA Ducati 1098R 1'33.037 0.815
9 84 M. FABRIZIO BMW S1000 RR 1'33.210 0.988
10 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1'33.223 1.001
11 2 L. CAMIER Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'33.290 1.068
12 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1098R 1'33.487 1.265
13 4 H. AOYAMA Honda CBR1000RR 1'33.568 1.346
14 121 M. BERGER Ducati 1098R 1'33.579 1.357
15 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.622 1.400
16 58 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'33.706 1.484
17 67 B. STARING Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.709 1.487
18 25 J. BROOKES Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'33.885 1.663
19 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'33.889 1.667
20 87 L. ZANETTI Ducati 1098R 1'33.952 1.730
21 18 M. AITCHISON BMW S1000 RR 1'34.419 2.197
22 20 D. JOHNSON BMW S1000 RR 1'35.269 3.047
23 35 R. DE ROSA Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.318 3.096

 

Race Details
2012

Comments

Top 5

All different manufacturers in the top 5. All similar race pace. It's shaping up to be a great race :D

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