2012 WSBK Monza FP2 Result - Sykes beats the rain

A white flag with a red cross was out for most of the session, indicating rain on certain portions of the track.

Maxime Berger did what looked impossible at one point; he put a Ducati at the top of the timing sheet for quite a few minutes as he was the only rider circulating for a good ten minutes, with only the visiting Sergio Gadea putting in anywhere close to as many laps as Berger.

As the track dried, normal service was resumed with Tom Sykes, Leon Haslam and Max Biaggi kicking Jakub Smrz off the top spot. Sykes recorded an incredible 339.5kmh top speed on his way to the top. Riders seemed confident enough to risk their bikes to get a good setting in spite of the single bike rule that would punish a crash harshly. Eugene Laverty, Jakub Smrz, Max Biaggi, Chaz Davies and John Hopkins all crashed out (Rider OK), as everyone else pitted in for the last few minutes; the rain had returned with a vengeance.

One weekend, we will be able to talk about the racing without mentioning the weather. One weekend, but not this one.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'42.766  
2 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.337 0.571
3 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 1'44.502 1.736
4 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'45.409 2.643
5 44 SALOM D Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'45.863 3.097
6 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'45.916 3.150
7 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 1'46.097 3.331
8 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 1'46.986 4.220
9 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'47.063 4.297
10 96 SMRZ J Ducati 1098R 1'47.116 4.350
11 18 AITCHISON M BMW S1000 RR 1'47.495 4.729
12 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'47.907 5.141
13 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 1'48.579 5.813
14 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.869 6.103
15 59 CANEPA N Ducati 1098R 1'49.021 6.255
16 36 MERCADO L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.133 6.367
17 199 GADEA S Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.656 6.890
18 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 1'49.989 7.223
19 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'57.373 14.607
20 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 2'04.393 21.627
21 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'09.001 26.235

 

Round Number: 
4
2012
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Comments

Stupid single bike rule. Well intentioned but I hope it doesn't impede anyone from having a good superpole.

I hate to see Hopkins on uncompetitive machines. He's the kind of rider who will push it 110% until it crashes just to try and get a decent result.
I don't get how Suzuki can be AMA dominators, and suck so hard on WSB. Or how triumph can be competitive in the US, and so weak in WSS.