Results from the second World Superbike race at Imola.
Althea Ducati's Carlos Checa may have missed out on the pole position and lap record, but after a race that was very similar to the first one, he keeps his championship defence firmly on track with a second win ahead of Tom Sykes and Leon Haslam.
Results of the World Supersport race at Imola, 2012.
Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step) and Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) scrapped to the bitter end, giving us a solid last lap fight through back markers that the experienced Foret won both the top step of the podium and the championship lead of a race fraught with unusual attrition.
Results from the first race of the World Superbikes at Imola.
Althea Ducati's Carlos Checa adds yet another victory to his tally ahead of Kawasaki's Tom Sykes after a long battle between the two that was, unsurprisingly, eventually decided by tyre wear. The pair got good starts and broke away from everyone else and Sykes led comfortably for the first half of the race. At the mid-point, Checa sliced neatly past Sykes and eked a lead lap-by-lap all the way to the finish line.
We don't usually cover Superstock racing here, but due to the interest in Ducati's 1199 Panigale, we thought we'd better make an exception.
As many of you will have spotted, this was in fact an April Fool's story. The leaked document is a figment of my fevered imagination, and Dorna intends to cut races in Spain, rather than expand them. We are more likely to see races in a wider variety of countries than see all the races be held in Spain. For another year at least, all of the stories on the website will be as accurate as possible. Normal service has now been resumed...
Since the start of the global financial crisis in 2008, MotoGP has been desperately looking for ways to cut costs. A raft of measures aimed at lowering the technological costs of MotoGP have been rushed through over the past three years, with more expected to come in the coming months and years. But with much of the excess already cut from the bikes and the technology, the following area to undergo drastic cost reductions is the second largest budget item facing teams: Travel and transportation.
MotoMatters.com has received a copy of a confidential internal discussion document circulating inside Dorna setting out a plan to radically reduce the costs of travel and accommodation for the MotoGP paddock. The plan is certain to be controversial: the method for reducing travel costs currently under discussion is simply to do away with them, and host all of the MotoGP races in Spain.
Ducati have a plan to return to World Superbike racing in 2013, racing what will most likely win every bike of the year accolade for 2012: the Ducati 1199 Panigale. The 1199R was homologated for Superstock racing shortly after its release and tomorrow will be the first European Superstock 1000 race of the year where the bike will get its first shake-down.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying on Saturday at Imola:
The results of World Superbike Superpole 3 qualifying at Imola:
Tom Sykes was able to use a qualifier to put in an astounding 1'46.748 to grab pole position, and fastest ever lap, on his Kawasaki. Checa put in a late run to try to steal the top spot, but could only manage a third place behind Sylvain Guintoli. Leon Haslam took the remaining front row seat on his BMW.
The results of World Superbike Superpole 2 qualifying at Imola:
Sykes back on top. Checa and Biaggi still in touch.
The results of World Superbike Superpole 1 qualifying at Imola:
Checa blitzes the field.
You don't score points in Free Practice, but you can scare the opposition. After relative obscurity throughout qualifying, championship favourites ex-MotoGP stars Carlos Checa and Max Biaggi pull out all the stops ahead of Superpole.
2007 and 2010 World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu, riding for Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini, puts in the fastest lap ahead of yesterday's fast men Sam Lowes, Fabien Foret and Broc Parkes. Sheridan Morais spent most of the session in the pits, managing only 6 laps of practice.
For the first 20 minutes, there was very little improvement to Friday's time sheets until Sylvain Guintoli broke into the 1'47s on his Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati. Ten minutes later, Tom Sykes joined him with an even faster time of 1'47.458, beating Horiyuki Haga's lap record from 2009.