WSBK Round 8 - Aragon

Posted: 02 Jul 2012

Race one - Biaggi wins Aragn opener

Current Superbike World Championship leader Max Biaggi has clinched the opening race win at Motorland Aragon this weekend. His victory at the Spanish circuit is his third in a row, extending his lead at the top of the series standings.

However, the victory wasn’t an easy one for the Italian. Fellow countryman Marco Melandri kept the pressure on, both riders swapping and changing positions at the front of the field. It wasn’t until the final lap of the race that the victory was clear – Biaggi maintained control to take the top step of the podium, with Melandri second. Reigning champion Carlos Checa completed the rostrum in third place after a crash involving other riders enabled him to move up the order.

Meanwhile, British rider Tom Sykes crashed out of contention after an incident with Ayrton Badovini, while Eugene Laverty struggled with electronic problems and could only managed a fifth place finish. Laverty’s fellow Ulsterman Jonathan Rea crashed out of the race, but was able to remount his machine and finished in 16th place. The two Leons (Haslam and Camier) finished the race in seventh and ninth respectively, after the wrong tyre choice meant they struggled to keep the pace with the other riders. 

1. Max Biaggi
2. Marco Melandri
3. Carlos Checa
4. Chaz Davies
5. Eugene Laverty
6. Michel Fabrizio
7. Leon Haslam
8. Davide Giugliano
9. Leon Camier
10. Maxime Berger

 Race two - Melandri victorious

After his second place finish in race one, Marco Melandri has ridden to a superb victory in the second race of the day at Motorland Aragon. The Italian BMW rider fought hard for the win, which has propelled him to second place overall in the championship standings.

Ulsterman Eugene Laverty claimed the second spot on the podium, after problems with his machine in race one. The 25-year-old Aprilia rider even led the field for some of the race, but couldn’t match Melandri’s pace on the final lap.

The third step on the rostrum was filled by Chaz Davies – it was his first ever podium finish in the World Superbike Championship.

1. Marco Melandri
2. Eugene Laverty
3. Chaz Davies
4. Max Biaggi
5. Jonathan Rea
6. Leon Haslam
7. Carlos Checa
8. Tom Sykes
9. Ayrton Badovini
10. Davide Giugliano

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