2012 Nürburgring WSBK Race Two: A Thrilling Race Full Of Surprises

With as many thrills and spills as race one, the second race brought an unexpected finish and championship consequences.

A rookie on a satellite bike won his first race in World Superbikes. Eugene Laverty got the hole shot, but Tom Sykes squeezed past at turn one to lead the race for six laps until a charging Marco Melandri stole the lead. On the first lap, however, Eugene Laverty went wide, leaning on Sykes, and took Max Biaggi's eye line. Biaggi went over a bumpy part of the track distracted and lost the front, crashing out and destroying the carbon fibre on the left side. He remounted and dragged the mess past handfuls of riders to finish in 13th behind John Hopkins.

At the beginning of lap eight, Marco Melandri passed Tom Sykes for the lead and pushed to try to make a break, but lost the front crashing out for his second DNF of the day. Chaz Davies then led the race.

While Tom Sykes fell back, with a similar issue to race one, in spite of different tyres, Eugene Laverty and Jonathan Rea charged to try and catch Davies. Leon Camier put on a similar challenge as in race one, scalping riders one by one until he finally passed both Rea and Laverty, but Laverty was able to grab second back.

By the end of the race, Chaz Davies had put in such a lead that there was no doubt who would win and the Welshman joins the ranks of World Superbike winners, while Laverty and Camier fill the rest of the podium. Rea took a comfortable fourth while Sykes held off Carlos Checa for fifth place.

Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri have conspired to keep the championship battle wide open, while Tom Sykes was unable to fully capitalise on their failings. Sykes is 26.5 points behind Biaggi and only 17 behind Melandri.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'56.252  
2 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'56.319 3.022
3 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'56.556 3.222
4 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'56.498 5.705
5 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'56.363 7.304
6 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'56.148 7.541
7 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 1'56.318 14.709
8 76 BAZ L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'57.028 19.782
9 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 1'56.509 19.925
10 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R 1'56.845 20.028
11 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 1'56.803 25.653
12 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'57.160 29.142
13 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'56.411 29.579
14 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 1'57.608 36.090
15 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.103 40.912
16 57 LANZI L Ducati 1098R 1'58.682 50.401
17 64 BRIGNOLA N BMW S1000 RR 1'59.489 3 Laps
RET 68 MCCORMICK B Ducati 1098R 1'58.671 5 Laps
RET 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 1'56.402 11 Laps
RET 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'56.281 12 Laps
RET 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 1'57.739 12 Laps
RET 5 LUNDH A Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.477 14 Laps


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Davies looks like a constant podium competitor now.
Camier was on a different planet with that Suzuki or they've found some tune path.
I would never bet on Suzuki winning on any race this year.
Sykes brought minimum advantage he could take from others' failures. Not good.

How the heck can Camier be almost a second alap quicker than Hopkins? and Baz who was a fill in rider on the ZX10 beat him also.
I always thought Hopper would stop crashing his brains out and just be fast, but it seems he can either be fast and get hurt, or slow

PS I bet effenbert is glad they got Lanzi instead of Smrz

Sykes took the lead not at turn one, but at the very end of lap one, while pushing Laverty wide going into the final chicane. That can happen though. Amazing that Laverty stayed on, given his speed into that gravel trap. Even more amazing that even Biaggi scored points; that was a pretty hard crash! I did not expect that RSV4 to be ridable after that. Impressive also that Biaggi kept the same pace as the leaders over the entire race, getting back on track with 28 seconds disadvantage and finishing with 29 seconds on Davies...
Those are three hard-fought points! Could be vital.

It was race one where he beat them out of turn one. My notes weren't clear enough when I was writing the report. I'll correct it shortly.

A very thrilling Superbike weekend again! Amazing stuff, great to watch!
And three title contenders that all deserve it one way or the other. Also, just a few years ago, who would have thought the championship would go between Aprilia, BMW and Kawasaki..?
Personally I must say I hope for Biaggi. That would be so impressive at 41 years of age, and what a time span between all his world championships that would be!