2012 Imola European Superstock 1000 result

We don't usually cover Superstock racing here, but due to the interest in Ducati's 1199 Panigale, we thought we'd better make an exception.

With Eddi La Marra's pole position, we assumed that the race would be about the Panigale v the BMWs, but what we got was a reminder that motorcycle racing is more about the rider than the bike. While La Marra led for the first half, this was due to an error by Lorenzo Baroni who lost the lead in a chicane and picked up a ride-through for his troubles. La Marra looked like he would be gifted a maiden win on the 1199 Panigale until Heber Pedrosa (no relation) climbed off his bike and let it slam into a safety barrier, mechanically separating the front forks from the rest of the bike, strewing the parts across the track. After a red flag and a restart, it became obvious that Loris Baz hadn't been given a copy of Ducati's perfect maiden race script and he made the most of the fact that there were no aggregate times in the new style two-part races. Sylvain Barrier also saw an opportunity and fought past Baz and Le Marra for the first race win of the year.

So, while the Panigale didn't disappoint, it finished in 3rd behind a BMW and a Kawasaki. This is a testament more to the hard riding we expect from production racing than to any specific bike being a guaranteed better package than another, thankfully. We can't complain at that.

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 20 BARRIER S BMW S1000 RR 1'51.551  
2 65 BAZ L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'52.835 0.700
3 47 LA MARRA E Ducati 1199 Panigale 1'52.854 1.098
4 21 REITERBERGER M BMW S1000 RR 1'52.745 1.240
5 67 STARING B Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'53.404 5.638
6 15 MASSEI F Honda CBR1000RR 1'54.226 11.703
7 24 COGHLAN K Ducati 1199 Panigale 1'54.542 13.079
8 32 SAVADORI L Ducati 1199 Panigale 1'54.561 13.210
9 55 SVITOK T Ducati 1098R 1'54.635 15.069
10 37 CHMIELEWSKI A Ducati 1098R 1'55.497 18.545
11 44 DITTADI F Aprilia RSV4 APRC 1'56.154 22.074
12 40 GYORFI A Honda CBR1000RR 1'56.518 22.840
13 155 DIAS T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'56.117 24.262
14 36 THIRIET P Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'56.496 28.065
15 14 BARONI L BMW S1000 RR 1'52.792 28.286
RET 5 BUSSOLOTTI M Ducati 1098R 1'54.666 3 Laps
NS 42 PEDROSA H Kawasaki ZX-10R    
NS 88 PARZIANI M Aprilia RSV4 APRC    


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Have to say I really enjoy your writing style, Jared. Looking forward to your further contributions.