2012 WSBK Imola FP1 Results: Badovini holds off Guintoli and Checa

BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet's Ayrton Badovini posted a late fast lap to put himself at the top of the sheet ahead of the Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati of Guintoli and Checa's Althea Racing Ducati, with strong showings from the Kawasakis, Ducatis and championship favourite Aprilia Racing's Biaggi.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 1'49.081  
2 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R 1'49.224 0.143
3 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'49.230 0.149
4 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.365 0.284
5 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.478 0.397
6 96 SMRZ J Ducati 1098R 1'49.531 0.450
7 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 1'49.654 0.573
8 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'49.657 0.576
9 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.809 0.728
10 17 LASCORZ J Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.826 0.745
11 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 1'49.952 0.871
12 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'50.023 0.942
13 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'50.101 1.020
14 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 1'50.217 1.136
15 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 1'50.337 1.256
16 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'51.081 2.000
17 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 1'51.144 2.063
18 44 SALOM D Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'51.240 2.159
19 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'51.279 2.198
20 18 AITCHISON M BMW S1000 RR 1'51.923 2.842
21 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 1'52.214 3.133
22 59 CANEPA N Ducati 1098R 1'52.226 3.145
23 36 MERCADO L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'52.310 3.229
24 68 MCCORMICK B Ducati 1098R 1'54.606 5.525
25 15 ALFONSI L Honda CBR1000RR 1'55.817 6.736


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..... officially ( on paper ) the top 3 are all privateer machines.

I cant help been a little disappointed by the Ten-Kate's and by Hopper's slow start's.

I'm sure things will change later on.

The top 12 riders are within a second. I am happy to see Hoppper take a cautious start. As long as he makes Super pole.

It's more of 2011 for the Kawasaki so far. They led races last year, too, with some tire gambles, or could run near the front for a few laps. But inevitably they ate their rear tires and faded - sometimes badly. I think at Assen last year, Sykes ran third for a while, then finished dead last.

Have you even watched the race at Philip Island? Kawasaki have been working all winter on tyre management, and it has paid off. Sykes got a podium by overtaking Rea on the last lap. His pace was consistent all race and tyre degradation was worse for the Honda.

After initially stumbling last year with the new ZX-10R, Sykes is back up front. What has changed? Has the rider stepped up his game, or has the switch to Provec Kawasaki been the difference?

I'm definitely a Kawasaki fan, so whatever the reason, I'm excited for the racing to begin.

Sykes was qualifying at the sharp end at Imola last year, too. I hope he can translate good qualifying to a result on Sunday, but he's been a little too harsh on tyres to last the race.

Sure did, and you are correct ... but the best ZX-10R still crossed the line more than 12 seconds behind the leader in each race, after running up front at the beginning. As I said, more of the same for Kawasaki, at least so far this season.