WSBK Round 7 - Misano

Posted: 10 Jun 2012

Race 1: Italian Biaggi clinches victory on home soil

Max Biaggi secured a superb victory at the opening race of the day at Misano, Italy, in front of his home fans. However, reigning Superbike World Champion Carlos Checa, who only qualified in 16th position ahead of the race, made the Italian work hard for the win – until be eventually took the lead on lap 22.

Checa claimed the second place of the podium after a heroic race, while Davide Giugliano secured third position in his rookie year in the series.

Meanwhile, British rider Tom Sykes secured a positive fourth place finish after a good start from the grid, while Jonathan Rea claimed fifth place – more than 11 seconds behind winner Biaggi.

1. Max Biaggi
2. Carlos Checa
3. Davide Giugliano
4. Tom Sykes
5. Jonathan Rea
6. Chaz Davies
7. Eugene Laverty
8. Sylvain Guintoli
9. Jakub Smrz
10. Leon Camier

Race 2: Double top for Biaggi

A second race win at Misano, Italy, for Aprilia rider Max Biaggi was certain to put a smile on his face. In front of his home fans, the Italian stormed to victory after a truly dominant performance from start to finish. His double win means that he now has a points advantage of more than 38 in the championship overall.

Meanwhile, Ulsterman Jonathan Rea improved on his fifth place opening race result by scoring second place at the chequered flag, while Brit rider Leon Haslam clinched the third step of the podium.

Haslam’s BMW team-mate Marco Melandri had another disappointing ride, after he collided with Sylvan Guintoli and reigning Superbike World Champion Carlos Checa during race two. However, while Guintoli and Checa had to retire from the second race due to machine damage, Melandri went on to claim fourth place in the race.

1. Max Biaggi
2. Jonathan Rea
3. Leon Haslam
4. Marco Melandri
5. Ayrton Badovini
6. Michel Fabrizio
7. Tom Sykes
8. Loris Baz
9. Jakub Smrz
10. Matteo Baiocco