WSBK »

Biaggi back on top with Misano win

In fact, Haslam's demotion would kick-start a remarkable drop for both himself and BMW team-mate Melandri, the pair seeing their lap times increase to drop behind Biaggi, Checa and Sykes in just four laps.

Worse would follow for Melandri, however, when contact with Badovini on lap 19 would see him slip outside the top ten, before pulling into the pit lane when he dropped out of the points' paying positions.

Back at the front, Rea's lead was also under threat, the Ulsterman's advantage having been quickly pegged back by a determined Giugliano, who in turn had Biaggi and Checa for close company in third and fourth positions.

Giugliano eventually made his move for the lead on lap 17, with Rea proceeding to be sat up by following Biaggi and passed by Checa shortly afterwards, pushing him back to fourth.

With Rea's pace dropping off markedly, the battle for victory was reduced to Giugliano, Biaggi and Checa, with the younger of the trio doing a sterling job at keeping both his countryman and his team-mate at bay with some feisty riding.

However, though he was able to maintain the lead for four laps, Biaggi eventually struck with three laps remaining into turn one, with Checa immediately pouncing on his team-mate to go with his rival in second place.

Setting up an exciting last gasp fight for the win, the stark contrast in set-ups would see Checa close up under braking, but the superior straight-line speed of the Aprilia would ultimately give Biaggi the respite needed to complete a very popular victory on home soil.

His first win since the Phillip Island season opener, Biaggi's success has done him the service of increasing his lead in the overall standings to 30 points, while Checa still has much to be pleased with following the qualifying error that left him on the fourth row.

Notching up his second podium of the season, Giugliano crossed the line in third position after a mature performance from the Superbike rookie.

With Rea fading badly, Sykes regained fourth in the closing stages to soften the blow to his title dreams, the Kawasaki rider now at least back up to second place in the standings.





Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Biaggi, Misano WSBK 2012
Biaggi, Misano WSBK 2012
Biaggi, Misano WSBK 2012
Biaggi, Misano WSBK 2012
Biaggi, Misano WSBK 2012
Biaggi, Misano WSBK 2012
Honda Musashi Harc Pro - Takahashi, Haslam and Van Der Mark - win 2014 Suzuka 8 Hours (Pic: David Reygondeau).
Van der Mark, Haslam, Takahashi, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Rea, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Rea, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Rea, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Rea, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Rea, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Lorenzo, Rea, Akiyoshi, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Haslam, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Haslam, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Haslam, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Rea, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


dm - Unregistered

June 10, 2012 12:11 PM

I can't believe people are so stupid in saying Biaggi has better settings compared to Laverty.Biaggi simply is better rider than Laverty.I would love to see Laverty do better but He has been mainly disappointing so far this season(fact). Unfortunately no other rider can get that Aprilia going like Biaggi does.Good on Him and I think he needs respect!!!



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.