2012 WSBK Imola Race One Result

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.

Behind the pair of them, Max Biaggi and his team-mate Eugene Laverty battled for third for a while until Laverty, on lap 3, messed up the final chicane and fell prey to the pack behind them. Leon Haslam started to show form until he ran through one chicane badly, forcing Sylvain Guintoli wide and into the path of Chaz Davies, putting the pair of them out of the race and ending Guintoli's amazing run of form this weekend. Haslam regrouped and eventually fought up to challenge Biaggi for third place, finally shucking him out of a podium place on lap 17 and holding the place to the line.

Laverty also fought hard, passing a surprisingly quick Lorenzo Zanetti to get a 5th place. Zanetti then fell prey to the charging pair of Marco Melandri and Joan Lascorz and had to settle for 8th. Jonathan Rea showing he'd recovered from his potentially career-ending Superpole high side.

The tail end of a freak African weather front that's blessed a lot of Europe with a glorious week's weather ended overnight and the temperature dropped ten degrees. This allowed Sykes to run very well for half the race and retain his pace to manage a well-earned second place, but Kawasaki needs to address their tyre wear if they want a decent dry weather win. Checa, however, was able to set the lap record on the 13th lap, showing he managed his tyres perfectly. A convincing win for the reigning World Champion.

Pos No. Rider Bike Fastest Lap Diff
1 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'47.877  
2 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'48.012 3.206
3 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 1'48.095 5.593
4 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'48.248 6.519
5 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.108 24.662
6 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'48.577 27.261
7 17 LASCORZ J Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'48.708 27.384
8 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 1'48.258 28.299
9 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.553 34.067
10 59 CANEPA N Ducati 1098R 1'48.626 35.724
11 96 SMRZ J Ducati 1098R 1'48.735 36.738
12 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 1'49.410 37.257
13 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'50.332 50.418
14 36 MERCADO L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.204 53.623
15 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 1'49.616 53.942
16 68 MCCORMICK B Ducati 1098R 1'50.147 54.139
17 18 AITCHISON M BMW S1000 RR 1'50.348 57.944
18 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.140 1'06.233
19 44 SALOM D Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.646 5 Laps
RET 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 1'49.185 13 Laps
RET 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 1'49.472 13 Laps
RET 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R   20 Laps
RET 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory   20 Laps
RET 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000    
RET 15 ALFONSI L Honda CBR1000RR    


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