2012 Misano WSBK Race One - Poor Qualifying Makes Great Racing

With the championship favourites qualifying poorly, there was a lot of uncertainty going into this race. Tyre choice was predicted to be a major factor, with Carlos Checa saying yesterday “the tyre choice will be key.” He was proved right.

The first half of the race was the front qualifiers managing their lead with Jonathen Rea at the front ahead of Tom Sykes, Davide Giugliano, Leon Haslam and Ayrton Badovini. The first of the poor qualifiers to break to the front was Marco Melandri, where he gave his team mate a good scrap before unfortunately retiring after an off-track excursion three laps from the end.

However, as the race progressed, with plenty of front-pack scrapping, tyre wear started to rear its ugly head and the real race started afresh. Carlos Checa made some wild attempts to pass that failed and succeeded in equal measures while Max Biaggi sneaked through the leaders to show that he too was not afraid of hard overtakes and measured risks.

While Rea dropped back slowly, Davide Giugliano took the lead with the charging duo of Biaggi and Checa in an incredible third and fourth. Then, Biaggi took Rea and then Giuglinano, followed by Carlos Checa. The 2010 World Champion and the 2011 World Champion raced fast and cleanly to the flag with Max Biaggi taking his second win of the year decisively. Carlos Checa was a very close second with newcomer to the series this year Davide Giugliano filling the last step while Sykes held Rea off for valuable championship points. Chaz Davies managed to pull a valiant 6th place from a 6th row start.  

Experience shone through at Misano.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'36.388  
2 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'36.080 0.305
3 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 1'36.514 4.503
4 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'36.457 8.858
5 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.464 11.627
6 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'37.065 12.258
7 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'36.811 12.551
8 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R 1'37.012 13.561
9 96 SMRZ J Ducati 1098R 1'36.846 17.014
10 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.979 18.361
11 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 1'36.398 20.029
12 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 1'36.419 22.082
13 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 1'37.162 22.966
14 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 1'36.898 27.014
15 151 BAIOCCO M Ducati 1098R 1'37.317 31.133
16 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.368 31.719
17 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'37.327  
18 59 CANEPA N Ducati 1098R 1'37.882  
19 36 MERCADO L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.141  
20 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'36.100 2 Laps
21 23 SANDI F BMW S1000 RR 1'40.171 6 Laps
22 76 BAZ L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'37.121 10 Laps
23 44 SALOM D Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.168 11 Laps
24 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 1'36.765 17 Laps


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make all Moto 2 riders watch this race................." How to Race Properly 101 "

Brilliant racing by all concerned. Plus the passion that the Aprila team show is in stark contrast to some of Moto GP's teams......... from other lands.........................

Great racing! Checa managed to include a big mistake in his 2nd place, impressive pace. BMW's seemed to cook their tires early on.

Does anyone know if Sykes/Kawas problem is wearing the tires or just slower pace than with new rubber? At least in this race Sykes didn't seem to drop off completely like the BMW's.

I think the problem with the Kawasaki is that the nature of it's power delivery is very hard on tires. Sykes needs to hold back in the beginning and save his tires for the end of the race. His ability to shoot to the front for an entire race and then fade with 5 laps to go is getting a bit frustrating for Kawi fans.

He surely has the pace, he now just needs some patience...