2012 Donington World Superbikes Race One - Hard Fought From Beginning To End

25 years ago, Donington Park was host to the first ever World Superbike race weekend. A quarter of a century on, it still provides exciting racing and the opening World Superbike race was no exception.

BMW took their first World Superbike race win today, courtesy of Marco Melandri. Leon Haslam backed him up with a second place while Tom Sykes took the last step of the podium.

In a long-fought battle with three to five riders fighting for the podium places all race long, it looked like Leon Haslam had the measure of everyone, using his unique line into turn one to take the lead on the very first lap. After a long fight at the front with Tom Sykes, he was eventually met by Macro Melandri who had been fighting tooth and nail with Max Biaggi. When Biaggi, Sykes, Haslam and Melandri all went into the Esses with only four laps to go, both Haslam and Biaggi missed their braking and went though the gravel. This gave Melandri a clear lead and meant Haslam had to fight past Sykes to eventually take second place. It also gave Jonathan Rea a chance to catch Biaggi and pass him while Biaggi was trying to pass Sykes.

A long fought race with excitement almost every lap is a testament to World Superbike racing and makes up for the wet races we've had recently.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'28.999  
2 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 1'29.097 0.728
3 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.010 1.609
4 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'29.260 1.819
5 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'28.992 2.102
6 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'29.285 4.820
7 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 1'29.305 7.520
8 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R 1'29.585 7.927
9 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'29.939 15.144
10 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 1'29.768 16.065
11 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 1'29.588 19.805
12 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'30.127 20.170
13 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 1'29.890 21.274
14 96 SMRZ J Ducati 1098R 1'29.591 21.517
15 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'29.854 26.920
16 76 BAZ L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.414 35.025
17 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 1'30.300 39.193
18 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 1'30.519 42.334
19 59 CANEPA N Ducati 1098R 1'30.016 43.554
20 18 AITCHISON M BMW S1000 RR 1'31.675 2 Laps
NC 60 HICKMAN P Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'30.653 8 Laps
RET 101 MASON G Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.097 9 Laps
RET 36 MERCADO L Kawasaki ZX-10R    
           

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
5
2012

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