2012 Imola WSBK and WSS Test Times: Sykes and Parkes Fastest, Lascorz Seriously Injured

Tragedy overshadowed the World Superbike test held on the day after the Imola round of WSBK. Kawasaki rider Joan Lascorz crashed heavily between Tosa and Piratella, breaking his collarbone and shoulder blade, and fracturing his T6 vertebra. Lascorz was airlifted to the local Bologna hospital, where he underwent surgery to treat his injuries. An official statement from the team said that Lascorz was still in serious danger, and that his condition would not be known until tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

Lascorz' crash came at the end of the first session, and cast a pall over the day's proceedings, but riders still went out to test the new Pirelli tires the Italian manufacturer had brought to the track. The tires - and better weather - made a huge difference, Kawasaki's Tom Sykes smashing the outright lap record at the track using race tires, and beating his previous best set on qualifiers. Ten Kate Honda's Johnny Rea also made good strides forward, setting the 2nd fastest time, half a second behind Sykes, while Crescent Suzuki's Leon Camier tested a much-improved new engine from Yoshimura, taking 3rd fastest on the day, ahead of BMW's Leon Haslam.

In the World Supersport sessions, it was Ten Kate Honda's Broc Parkes who ended the day fastest, finishing ahead of PTR Honda riders Jules Cluzel and Sam Lowes.

World Superbike times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev.
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:46.609    
2 65 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 1:47.121 0.512 0.512
3 2 L. CAMIER Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:47.238 0.629 0.117
4 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 1:47.257 0.648 0.019
5 3 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1:47.351 0.742 0.094
6 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1:47.430 0.821 0.079
7 33 M. MELANDRI BMW S1000 RR 1:47.779 1.170 0.349
8 58 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1:47.848 1.239 0.069
9 59 N. CANEPA Ducati 1098R 1:47.989 1.380 0.141
10 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati 1098R 1:48.011 1.402 0.022
11 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:48.066 1.457 0.055
12 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1:48.149 1.540 0.083
13 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:48.197 1.588 0.048
14 84 M. FABRIZIO BMW S1000 RR 1:48.273 1.664 0.076
15 4 H. AOYAMA Honda CBR1000RR 1:48.484 1.875 0.211
16 18 M. AITCHISON BMW S1000 RR 1:48.915 2.306 0.431
17 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:49.805 3.196 0.890
18 19 C. DAVIES Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1:50.124 3.515 0.319
19 21 J. HOPKINS Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:50.378 3.769 0.254


World Supersport times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev.
1 23 B. PARKES Honda CBR600RR 1:51.102    
2 16 J. CLUZEL Honda CBR600RR 1:51.431 0.329 0.329
3 11 S. LOWES Honda CBR600RR 1:51.848 0.746 0.417
4 8 A. ANTONELLI Honda CBR600RR 1:53.081 1.979 1.233
5 55 M. ROCCOLI Yamaha YZF R6 1:53.230 2.128 0.149
6 10 I. TOTH Honda CBR600RR 1:53.240 2.138 0.010
7 34 R. QUARMBY Honda CBR600RR 1:53.358 2.256 0.118
8 64 J. DAY Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:53.443 2.341 0.085
9 20 M. SCHOLTZ Honda CBR600RR 1:53.526 2.424 0.083
10 40 M. JESSOPP Honda CBR600RR 1:54.142 3.040 0.616
11 27 T. CAIANI Honda CBR600RR 1:57.609 6.507 3.467
12 7 A. PASEK Honda CBR600RR 1:57.918 6.816 0.309


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But great to see Camier up there. He almost shaved off a second from his best time of the weekend. That engine seems to be working. It would not only be good for him, but also for Suzuki and the sport if he manages to mingle with the top dogs this year.

Whats going on with John Hopkins so far down the time sheets? He must be more damaged than was let on at the time. Expected him to be in the top 12 or very near.

Let us hope this is not going to be a repeat of his past World Championship seasons. The guy was good on his day, but the poor bugger was on the Suzuki MotoGP bike for way TOO long. Never forget his chase of Stoner at Brno in 2007 - when some of the more fancied riders had already flown the white flag. The GSX-R1000 is a very capable Superbike and Leon Haslam's race time set at Phillip Island in 2010 has not been bettered since. In other words, get a GSX-R1000 set up as well as the Alstare team did in 2010, put a motivated rider on it, and it can still win races. Now Camier is getting his confidence back and realises on the Suzuki he can push into corners without worrying about the front-end tucking under, he will get better results and then, with more confidence, he can win races. Hopkins? Time will tell.

but I was looking for him to be higher up the charts all weekend.

In his wild card last year @ Silverstone he was near the front for part of the weekend and ended with a 5th and a 7th. This weekend there wasn't even a hint of him being at the track except for the one pass they showed on TV.

Hopefully it's just a "first race back after a long stretch of injuries" kinda thing since he crashed on the 1st day of a private test.

After a fantastic race weekend, we're slapped in the face by this. Lets hope that Joan can make a full recovery. The fitness levels of all these guys gives them the best possible chance, so fingers crossed.

Regarding the test, what is 'The Grinner' having for breakfast these days? By the sound of it a warmer Sunday could have seen him on the top step. Well done Tom (and Kawasaki) for getting so competitive.

Has anyone read any more about Joan? Crikey he's been in the wars; two major accidents in two years, I was at Silverstone in 2010 for WSS, what a terrible crash, I confess feared the worst for both riders.

It doesn't need saying again but I will; these guys risk their lives and welfare for our entertainment, they all deserve our respect.

Get well Joan, and here's to a complete and speedy recovery.