2012 Brno WSBK Superpole Result

Final Superpole Results:

Marco Melandri led Superpole 1 by setting the fastest lap of the weekend on his first flying lap. Eugene Laverty demonstrated how his new electronics were indeed working by going second fastest. The shock of the first session was that Max Biaggi, a man who has won eleven races here in pretty much every class, could not qualify for the second session.

After Davide Giugliano's radiator was punctured in Superpole 2, the session was red flagged as four riders crashed out on the resulting water. The single bike rule meant that the restart had to be delayed long enough for teams to rebuild their bikes if riders wanted to make the restart, but David Salom and Ayrton Badovini's bikes were both irreparable in the time it took to clean the track. Unfortunately, the delay also gave the weather time to make its presence felt as drops of rain started landing in sector one as riders finished an allocated five minute warm-up session.

This further delayed the restart as the procedure was changed to wet rules: the remaining ten riders were sent out out for a single 20 minute session. Giugliano and Jakub Smrz were both able to get their crashed Ducatis fixed in time. Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty very quickly put in fast laps, followed by Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri, but with five minutes remaining, Tom Sykes beat Cal Crutchlow's outright lap record and took his seventh pole position of the year.

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'58.010  
2 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'58.470 0.460
3 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.741 0.731
4 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 1'58.789 0.779
5 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'58.885 0.875
6 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.560 1.550
7 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 1'59.583 1.573
8 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 1'59.621 1.611
9 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.748 1.738
10 96 SMRZ J Ducati 1098R 1'59.871 1.861
11 44 SALOM D Kawasaki ZX-10R    
12 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR    
    Not qualified for Superpole 2      
13 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'59.439 0.602
14 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.453 0.616
15 76 BAZ L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.658 0.821
16 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'59.973 1.136
    Not qualified for Superpole 1      
17 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 2'00.591 1.148
18 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.693 1.250
19 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 2'00.978 1.535
20 53 POLITA A Ducati 1098R 2'02.023 2.580
21 36 MERCADO L Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'02.952 3.509
22 64 BRIGNOLA N BMW S1000 RR 2'03.524 4.081
23 13 KISPATAKI V Honda CBR1000RR 2'04.259 4.816


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i haven't been able to watch any proceedings - what happened to biaggi? 4th row at his favourite track??

Continues to impress in WSBK. Hope to see him back in MotoGP...at some point. But maybe he's content in WSBK, where the racing is, IMO, week for week closer and more exciting than in MotoGP.

Related, I wish that BMW would also put together an official factory effort in MotoGP. Can't believe a factory BMW team would not be able to attract additional sponsorship to help with costs. And if anything Ducati is surely smaller than BMW, and yet they manage it. The MotoGP grid could use a few more competitive factory machines. Dorna must've put some lobbying effort in there, apparently without success.

BMW are (allegedly) aiming for a 2014 MotoGP entry. Melandri would be the obvious choice to go with them.

If they do, they would be welcome. One would hope they would exhibit a more solid commitment than they did to F1, but one would be foolish to expect that, in my opinion. I've seen no sign that hard core racing is deeply embedded in BMW's DNA. If they enter MotoGP, I would expect it to be a passing fancy. Same as most non-Italian corporations other than Honda and Yamaha. But I would be very happy to be proven wrong over the coming years!!!

BMW officials said earlier this month that they had little interest in MotoGP as it is now:


... but if rules change, they might consider it. Still, it's kind of hard to imagine the company doubling its involvement in motorcycle road racing. GPOne reported recently that BMW's tab for WSBK is $20 to $25 million Euros for 2012. Even if - by cutting down to two bikes instead of four and contracting the race program to BMW Italia - they free up half that money, that's not nearly enough to fund a MotoGP effort from scratch to match the Honda/Yamaha juggernaut. You're looking at additional tens of millions of Euros to go play in MotoGP.

It will be interesting to say the least.