2012 Misano WSBK Race Two - Aggressive Overtakes Throughout

Aggressive overtakes, including some questionable ones, dominated the action as riders charged to the front from throughout the grid, causing some upsets and potentially affecting the championship.

Once again, the guys on the front row pushed hard at the beginning but an aggressive start by Max Biaggi put the race one winner into third place while second place man Checa fought to seventh. Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea were the early leaders, until Biaggi took second off Rea who then had Davide Giugliano to deal with. Marco Melandri started his aggressive charge near the front by knocking Carlos Checa off in what can only be described as an overtake of dubious quality. Checa's weekend ended in another DNF.

Max Biaggi then took to the front and put in a dominant show of unabashed talent, winning his third race of the season, taking the double and consolidating his championship lead. Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam were formation flying seven seconds behind, with a clear gap ahead of the duelling BMWs of Marco Melandri and Ayrton Badovini who duked it out for fourth and fifth, both riders showing that they weren't scared of it.

Rea's 2nd place earned him the second place in the championship, ahead of Tom Sykes who had to settle for seventh behind Michel Fabrizio and ahead of his new team mate Loris Baz. Melandri, however, finishes his weekend under the shadow of an official investigation into his on-track antics.

Biaggi is out of the shadows and has a decent 38.5 point lead at the halfway point of the championship.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'36.557  
2 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.306 5.355
3 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 1'37.100 5.731
4 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'37.109 7.004
5 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 1'37.037 7.921
6 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 1'37.252 17.291
7 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'37.109 17.351
8 76 BAZ L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'37.292 17.630
9 96 SMRZ J Ducati 1098R 1'37.630 18.211
10 151 BAIOCCO M Ducati 1098R 1'37.992 28.131
11 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 1'37.970 28.407
12 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.179 38.060
13 59 CANEPA N Ducati 1098R 1'38.465 49.003
14 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'38.179 51.881
15 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'37.136 55.502
16 36 MERCADO L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.804 1'06.361
17 23 SANDI F BMW S1000 RR 1'40.455 1'29.918
RET 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'37.235 5 Laps
RET 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'37.420 9 Laps
RET 44 SALOM D Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.398 17 Laps
RET 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 1'37.236 19 Laps
RET 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'37.325 21 Laps
RET 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 1'38.278 22 Laps
RET 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R   23 Laps


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I have to wonder if karma is getting Checa for the Brett McCormick incident. And Biaggi stayed invisible. Only he did it by being at least a corner out of camera shot to 2nd place.