2012 Nürburgring WSBK Race One: Front End Crashes Aplenty In The Dry

Race one was held on a dry, warm and windy track with quite a few DNFs due to front end crashes.

The race was won by Max Biaggi ahead of the Aprilias of Eugene Laverty and Chaz Davies. Tom Sykes, who led at a blistering pace for most of the race, had what looked like it could have been an electronics issue, finished in fourth place after slowing a second a lap. Leon Camier in fifth started from the back of the grid, due to an issue that made him enter the warm-up lap from the pits.

The race started out with its only high side crash on the first lap, with Michel Fabrizio flipping his BMW. Checa was the first of the low-siders, losing the front on the deep bowl of turn one. His team mate Davide Giugliano also low-sided, losing the front in a similar fashion. The championship battle was livened up when the title leader, Marco Melandri, went wide and lost the front trying to keep his third place behind Biaggi and Sykes. Melandri, who jumped the start but didn't get penalised for it, conceded his championship lead back to Biaggi. Jonathan Rea was another front end crasher, along with a charging Loris Baz.

Checa remounted to eventually finish in 12th, while Sylvain Guintoli, who missed out on Superpole, was able to pick up a 6th place.

A surprise victory by Max Biaggi, leading an all-Aprilia podium, keeps his championship challenge alive, proving that one can never truly write off Il Corsaro


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'55.267  
2 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'55.974 3.027
3 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'55.549 3.127
4 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'55.416 12.306
5 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'56.702 14.131
6 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R 1'56.436 19.523
7 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 1'56.188 27.017
8 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 1'56.993 33.116
9 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 1'57.249 34.937
10 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 1'57.720 39.132
11 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 1'57.621 41.000
12 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'56.955 41.125
13 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'57.773 46.925
14 57 LANZI L Ducati 1098R 1'58.531 54.659
15 68 MCCORMICK B Ducati 1098R 1'58.903 56.342
16 5 LUNDH A Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'58.439 1'09.730
17 64 BRIGNOLA N BMW S1000 RR 1'59.744 1'43.679
RET 76 BAZ L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'56.526 3 Laps
RET 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'55.421 15 Laps
RET 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 1'56.569 17 Laps
RET 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'56.493 18 Laps


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And people were defending Rea last week for being a crasher. Well I guess he was only 50% this weekend and didn't take anyone else with him so that's better than average for him.

Ahhh! Those of us in the USA have to download races to watch them. We usually choose not to watch at 2am or whenever they are live. I was very curious to see if motomatters had some insight into Sykes' bike after race 1. So while waiting for race 2 to finish converting I pull up my favorite motorcycle journalism website, skip all of the articles talking about other races, and go right to the race 1 write-up. Sykes' bike was still a mystery, although electronics would explain it, but with your comment, Mesoreznica, race 2 was much less of a mystery. Please, for the love of all that is holy in motorcycle racing, restrict comments about races to the articles written about those races.

Sorry for that. I also downloaded SBK races. And I did not think, that some people did not watch them yet.

I apologize.

And I give you five stars because you are right. My mistake.


Glad to see my intended humor came across. They were two exciting races though!

Rea is crashing because he's over-riding the Honda. He has to because it's a little long in the tooth. It's the same reason the Ducatis were crash-happy this weekend. It's amazing Camier didn't crash, considering his bike.

Rea has always been a risky rider, also when the bike was newer. He has a tendency to make very optimistic moves on other riders, and several times taking them out. It can happen in racing, but it has often been a questionable move in his case.
It's exciting to watch for sure, but he has made a reputation for himself. And apart from that, your bike not being good enough is not an excuse to take other riders out, I think.

Another thing: Camier's Suzuki does not seem bad at all at the moment. It did not lose out on the straights and it certainly looked to be handing well. Some TV commenters keep saying how terribly old the GSX-R1000 is, but it is not. The model name yes - like with all the Japanese bikes - but there was a completely new GSX-R in 2009 (both engine and chassis were fundamentally different in design) and there is a modified model this year. It is just that the styling has not changed radically after 2007. And yes, it could certainly do with some slicker looks.

Of course someone who has to make up for inferior machinery is more prone to crashing, because he will be on the limit more often than someone on a well sorted bike.
Just look at how Rea's teammates fared on the blade. They struggled to get a top-ten finish on a bike that Rea was able to ride to podiums and the occasional win.
But you are probably blaming the way Rea developed the bike for this, right?
Rea did crash, but he was in good company. Melandri, Biaggi, Checa and a few more.
I will take Rea's aggressive style over Melandri's blockpasses any day.

I pay for eurosport player, which lets me watch BSB and WSBK, both live and on demand (after a few days).
I don't know if it works outside of Europe though.
If not, you might consider using a VPN service (if torrenting, you should consider it even more).

and I watch them on Speed Channel. They are DVR'ed and I have only seen race one, trying to avoid comments about race 2!

I don't have cable and refuse to ever get cable again, until father hood time. I subscribed to motogp to watch their races. I used to watch WSBK on Speed, until I got rid of cable. I just find WSBK more intriguing to watch, and love the racing and watching the up and comers like Chaz Davies. Too bad he's leaving aprilia.