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San Marino double for Biaggi

2012-06-10 20:32

San Marino - Max Biaggi extended his lead at the top of the Superbike World Championship with a comfortable victory in Race Two at Misano, completing the double.

According to SuperSport.com, pole sitter Tom Sykes led off the line in Race Two, entering the first corner ahead of Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam while Biaggi was up to sixth with Carlos Checa in eighth place.

Biaggi, though, was a man on a mission and was up to third by the end of the first lap. From there he hunted down Rea, taking second before attacking Sykes for the lead. The Kawasaki rider had no answer to the Aprilia rider.

As Biaggi took the lead, Checa's race came to an end with the reigning World Champion crashing out at Turn 1.

He was the second crasher as Sylvain Guintoli's race was already over while two laps later Davide Giugliano crashed out while running in the top four.

Eight laps into the race Biaggi had a lead of over five seconds while Sykes, Rea, Haslam, Ayrton Badovini, Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty were engaged in an intense battle for second.

The six riders swapped positions on several occasions with mistakes also coming into the mix as they ran wide or were forced to sit up slightly as passing moves failed to reap rewards.

Halfway through the race Biaggi's lead was up to seven seconds, Rea and Haslam were in a battle of their own, while Melandri and Badovini fought over fourth place having dropped Sykes and Fabrizio.

With seven to go Laverty joined the list of retirements while Rea began to eat into Biaggi's lead. However, that was more because the Roman Emperor was taking a cautious approach than because Rea had upped his pace.

Biaggi went on to claim the double at Misano by five seconds over Rea who held off Haslam despite the latter's final-lap efforts.

Melandri was fourth ahead of Badovini, Fabrizio, Sykes and Loris Baz.

Earlier, Biaggi had put in a brilliant effort to come from tenth on the grid to win Race One ahead of Carlos Checa, who started in position 16.

On a cool day in Italy, Jonathan Rea took the early lead as Tom Sykes had a bit of a wheel spin off the line.

Althea's Davide Giugliano slotted into third place with Leon Haslam fourth. Haslam, though, made it a British 1-2-3 as he overtook Giugliano.

As the leading quartet settled in for the long haul, there was an intense battle to lead the second group which involved the slow-qualifying but quick-starting Marco Melandri, Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa.

In a tussle with three others riders for fifth place, the trio were involved in several overtaking manouvres and a couple of near misses with Melandri taking P5 ahead of Ayrton Badovini, Checa and Biaggi.

Checa, though, made a mistake and was lucky not to ruin his race entirely as he ran wide. He slotted in behind Biaggi and ahead of Eugene Laverty.

With Checa now on his tail, Biaggi attacked Badovini but the BMW Motorrad Italia would not give way. The 40-year-old finally made it through after three of the most intense corners of racing seen this season.

Checa followed Biaggi through a lap later while Melandri had pulled away from the second group and added his name to the leading pack, now up to five.

Sykes began to hit trouble as his Kawasaki ate through its tyres and dropped to fifth in the space of one lap, with Biaggi and Checa right on his tail.

At the same time Rea etched out a lead of over two seconds, pulling away from the chasing pack, that included Guigliano, Biaggi and Checa, who set about closing up on Rea.

With eight laps to go, Guigliano took the lead off the Brit, Biaggi went to second while Checa tried to take P2 off the Italian and they almost touched. Checa slotted back into third place with Rea fourth and falling away fast.

With three to go Guigliano's challenge came to an end as Biaggi took the lead and Checa followed him through. The duo were wheel to wheel as they raced for the line but it was Biaggi who held on for the lead.

Results:

Race 2:


1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 39'01.869
2. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 39'07.224
3. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 39'07.600
4. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 39'08.873
5. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 39'09.790
6. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 39'19.160
7. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 39'19.220
8. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 39'19.499
9. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 39'20.080
10. Matteo Baiocco (Barni Racing Team Italia) Ducati 1098R 39'30.000
11. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 39'30.276
12. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 39'39.929
13. Niccolò Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 39'50.872
14. John Hopkins (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 39'53.750
15. Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 39'57.371
16. Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 40'08.230
17. Federico Sandi (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 40'31.787
RT. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 32'16.723
RT. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 24'34.477
RT. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 11'39.370
RT. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 8'12.161
RT. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 4'58.038
RT. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 3'23.618
RT. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'43.649

Race 1:

1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38'58.471
2. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 38'58.776
3. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 39'02.974
4. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 39'07.329
5. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 39'10.098
6. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 39'10.729
7. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 39'11.022
8. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 39'12.032
9. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 39'15.485
10. Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 39'16.832
11. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 39'18.500
12. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 39'20.553
13. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 39'21.437
14. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 39'25.485
15. Matteo Baiocco (Barni Racing Team Italia) Ducati 1098R 39'29.604
16. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 39'30.190
17. John Hopkins (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 39'30.373
18. Niccolò Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 39'42.241
19. Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 39'53.542
20. Federico Sandi (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 39'04.464
RT. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 34'29.084
RT. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 21'15.803
RT. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 26'56.581
RT. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 9'54.565 

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