WSBK »

Biaggi regains lead after Melandri crash

Max Biaggi regains the World Superbike Championship lead by heading an Aprilia 1-2-3 at the Nurburgring, while Marco Melandri crashes out.
CLICK HERE to view WSBK Race 1 Results.

Max Biaggi has returned to the top of the World Superbike Championship standings after taking full advantage of an error from arch rival Marco Melandri at the Nurburgring.

The Italian came into the race 18.5 points adrift of Melandri, but has recovered that ground and moved 6.5 points clear after claiming his first victory since Motorland Aragon in the wake of the BMW rider's DNF.

A dramatic race that could have significant consequences for this year's title fight, it was Tom Sykes that led it out front early on as Biaggi's wide line into turn one did nothing but demote him behind the Kawasaki rider.

Melandri, meanwhile, found himself down to fifth, but was at least fortunate not to pick up a penalty after noticeably moving before the lights went out at the start. Stopping the bike again before it crossed the grid marker, officials deemed he had not gained an advantage to warrant a ride-through.

With Melandri quickly up to third place at the expense of Eugene Laverty and Carlos Checa as they dipped into the first turn on lap two, the bend would catch out Checa on the next revolution when he lost the front-end on the lean. He wasn't the only rider to succumb on lap three either with Jonathan Rea sliding out of the inherited fifth place just four bends later at Ford Kurve.

However, the bigger casualty was still to come as Melandri, in his attempts to get back on terms with Sykes and Biaggi out front, would run wide into the turn eight hairpin at Dunlop on lap six and drop the BMW into the gravel trap. Unhurt but visibly frustrated, it is Melandri's third DNF of the season after Donington Park and Misano.

Made aware that his biggest rival was out of contention, Biaggi settled in behind Sykes as they extended their advantage over the depleted chasing pack, which was now being headed by Laverty and Chaz Davies in the absence of Melandri, Checa, Rea and also Davide Giugliano, who had crashed on lap four.

However, with Sykes's pace beginning to wane as the race entered its second-half, Biaggi would take over at the front on lap twelve before proceeding to multiply his advantage over the remaining eight revolutions.





Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Sykes, Biaggi, Melandri, German WSBK 2012
Biaggi, German WSBK 2012
Biaggi, German WSBK 2012
Biaggi, German WSBK 2012
Biaggi`s wife, German WSBK 2012
Biaggi, German WSBK 2012
Baz, Race 2, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Camier, Race 2, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Baz, Race 2, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Melandri, Race 2, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Melandri, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Melandri, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Sykes, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Sykes, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Baz, Race 2, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Laverty, Race 2, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Tom Sykes - Kawasaki Racing
Laverty, U.S. WSBK 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.


kwstis33 - Unregistered

September 09, 2012 11:53 AM

Dirty Melandri??? OOO come on....What about Rea??? And do you forget Biaggi's DIRTY tactics in the qualifying sesssions...He even slowed down his own team-mate ( Camier ) ...And before you talk about BLOCK-PASSES of Melandri you should know that a block pass is not illegal...It is exactly what the word says...BLOCK...He passes and blocks (slows down) the other rider...And if you think that this pass is wrong then look at Biaggi first trying to slow down his opponents in qualifying sessions...



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

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