2012 WSBK Imola Race Two Result

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.

The track temperature was higher than this morning's race, but that didn't change anything beyond the choice of tyre with only the Hondas of Jonathan Rea and Hiroshi Aoyama on the hardest tyre. The racing started just like the first race with Sykes leading ahead of Checa and Max Biaggi with Eugene Laverty, Haslam and Sylvain Guintoli leading the rest of the field. On the 7th lap, Sykes broke away, setting the lap record and Biaggi lead a three-way fight with Haslam and Checa only to have Checa take back 2nd place and close the gap to Sykes over the next five laps. Checa put his Ducati at the front at two thirds race distance and slowly built a lead, while Haslam closed the gap to Sykes after some strong laps. Haslam would spend the next seven laps trying to get his BMW past Sykes's Kawasaki until on the last lap, Sykes finally broke free and Biaggi caught a glimmer of hope as Haslam fell back.

However, Biaggi couldn't find a way past Haslam and was denied a podium once again. Checa, Sykes and Haslam returned to the podium in the exact same order as earlier.

Further behind, Rea made good use of the harder tyre and dragged his Ten Kate Honda from 10th up to 5th at the flag. Laverty got a sixth place, in spite of the fact Rea and Laverty clipped each other, sending Rea to the gravel, while Davide Giugliano fought hard only to crash out from a promising position on the last lap. Jakup Smrz had a close call, nearly clipping Nicollo Canepa's crashed bike that skidded across the notorious final chicane that has caused so much grief today, and finished on Laverty's tail and ahead of Leon Camier. Joan Lascorz saw off a disappointing Marco Melandri whose result was overshadowed by the fact Guintoli right behind him had ridden through the pit lane on lap 4.

Other DNFs included John Hopkins who retired very early on and Aoyama who parked his bike on lap 12. Michel Fabrizio didn't even complete a lap before pulling into the pits.

All in all, Imola gave us some tense racing with plenty of battles and a reminder that it would take a brave soul to bet against Carlos Checa for a second championship.


Pos No. Rider Bike Fastest Lap Diff
1 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'47.743  
2 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'47.552 1.935
3 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 1'47.741 2.969
4 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'47.863 3.346
5 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.200 18.925
6 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'48.620 21.180
7 96 SMRZ J Ducati 1098R 1'48.531 21.392
8 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'48.596 23.797
9 17 LASCORZ J Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'48.500 24.219
10 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'48.475 25.599
11 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R 1'48.319 25.776
12 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 1'48.558 26.004
13 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 1'48.343 31.172
14 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'48.546 33.837
15 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 1'48.898 45.541
16 68 MCCORMICK B Ducati 1098R 1'50.149 50.807
17 44 SALOM D Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.938 51.083
18 18 AITCHISON M BMW S1000 RR 1'50.140 57.833
RET 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 1'48.478 1 Lap
RET 59 CANEPA N Ducati 1098R 1'48.341 4 Laps
RET 36 MERCADO L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.401 7 Laps
RET 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.128 9 Laps
RET 15 ALFONSI L Honda CBR1000RR 1'53.901 13 Laps
RET 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'49.647 17 Laps


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What a show of consistency from Carlos. He's doing it again. Sykes will have to improve his race rythm if he wants to beat Checa.

Congratulations to Kawasaki, two second places for sykes in WSBK and victory in Spanish CEV with Kyle Smith.

More like "tyre rhythm". If Kaw can figure out their tyre issues
they will be golden with Sykes on board.

btw, Anybody know when the last Kaw win in a dry race was?

I think it was 2000, at Sugo, with Hitoyasu Izutsu. A Japanese Superbike champion. The Japanese factories used to bring out very special Superbikes for the home round and let local experts with vast amounts of track knowledge use them to beat up on the series regulars.

I think you are right. I was thinking it would have been Yanagawa (RIP) who was the Green Machine's shining light for a long time - and a true ambassador for WSBK in general.

Tamada also smashed the WSBK regulars at Sugo one year, I think he took the double. Then got a MotoGP ride.

Great to see the Kawasaki back!

I believe Akira Yanagawa is alive and well. When I saw your comment, I had to do a double take and wonder what rock I'd been living under as I remember seeing pics of him testing/developing the 2011 zx-10r.

Akira Yanagawa is alive and well, competing in the All Japan Road Race Championship. He was 3rd at Motegi yesterday on, unsurprisingly, a Kawasaki.