2012 Miller Motorsports Park World Superbikes Race One: Cool Heads Prevailed

On a dry race, nobody claimed the 200mph (320kmh) prize offered by the circuit, but not for a lack of trying: Three riders managed a 319.2kmh.

As we have seen so many times, Tom Sykes led the first few laps until Marco Melandri took the lead off him five laps in, followed by Carlos Checa. Seven laps in, Checa took to the front.

Melandri tried at the end to close the gap, but Checa managed his lead to the end. Max Biaggi fought a long battle with Jonathan Rea that provided a lot of the mid-pack entertainment, with Biaggi hounding Rea lap after lap with Biaggi closing the gap down the fast straight until he could make a pass stick. He held his position without making a mistake.

The battles ended with Checa winning ahead of Melandri and Biaggi beating Rea with level heads managing their positions. Even with a 20kmh top speed difference between the 4-cylinder bikes and the Ducatis, Checa's smooth sweeping through the corners more than made up for the lack of speed.

A few crashes, including John Hopkins, but no serious injuries or badly damaged bikes.

Not a hard race to predict and nobody would be surprised to see a Checa double. If they let him get away again, it's almost a certainty.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'48.883  
2 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'48.867 2.313
3 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.144 5.338
4 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.216 5.517
5 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.186 12.201
6 96 SMRZ J Ducati 1098R 1'49.414 13.262
7 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.789 19.662
8 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.458 21.292
9 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 1'49.808 21.450
10 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 1'49.728 23.433
11 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 1'49.866 23.696
12 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R 1'49.760 24.752
13 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'50.228 29.400
14 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 1'50.114 31.222
15 76 BAZ L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.268 32.966
16 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 1'50.330 35.409
17 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.593 52.153
18 14 TURPIN S Ducati 1098R 1'55.108 1 Lap
19 16 HOLDEN J BMW S1000 RR 1'51.897 1 Lap
RET 36 MERCADO L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'51.152 8 Laps
RET 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 1'50.317 10 Laps
RET 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'50.293 14 Laps
RET 44 SALOM D Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.413 14 Laps
RET 59 CANEPA N Ducati 1098R 1'50.979 15 Laps
           

 

Round Number: 
6
2012
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