World Superbike and World Supersport 2012
Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) took sixth place in the only FIM Superbike World Championship race that took place in Monza, after the return of rain at an inopportune moment caused the first race to be cancelled after an earlier attempt to run it.
The first sector was stopped after two laps and therefore negated, and as the riders lined up on the grid for the second attempt the back section of the track was still virtually flooded. Concerns about aquaplaning caused the organisers and the top riders to make an inspection lap in the pace cars, and for reasons of rider safety the race was cancelled.
In the second race the start was also delayed as the Parabolica section was still wet, despite the race being called dry by race direction. The race was supposed to be over 18-laps, then it was dropped to 17, then a final 16, but after rains reappeared yet again the race was stopped after only eight laps. Eventual winner Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) was well clear on his own by that stage, with Rea fighting in a pack. Half points were awarded, meaning that Rea got only five points. He is fifth in the championship, with 70 points. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) leads on 97.5 points, with four rounds and seven races gone.
Rea was less than a second from a podium finish as he was involved in a six-rider fight for the two remaining podium places behind Sykes. He had qualified fifth in Superpole, which was once more run under wet rules.
Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) had a tough time in qualifying at Monza, finishing up 20th on the grid, but he rode with pace and perseverance to finish 11th in a race with 17 finishers. He is an unchanged 13th in the championship standings, with 24.5 points after the half-point rules were invoked.
French rider Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) won a battle of the CBR600RRs at a wet and wild Monza in the Supersport World Championship class, holding off a late challenge from pole man Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) by only 0.3 seconds. It was Jules’ first win in this class of racing and came after he had qualified only tenth on the grid, at yet another track he had never seen before race weekend. Lowes had made it three poles in a row in qualifying.
With a mixture of wet and dry conditions appearing, particularly from Saturday onwards, finding a good wet set-up was a challenge for all. On raceday the Supersport race had to be delayed after the first Superbike race was cancelled, and rains fell with even greater intensity before the start of the 600cc race.
Lowes and Cluzel made a clean break at the front of the field early in the race and until Lowes made a mistake under braking into the Ascari chicane on lap seven he was happy to do the front running, with Cluzel his shadow. Lowes battled back as the last laps of the 16-lap race timed down and got one final chance to re-pass his PTR team-mate into the Parabolica. He made the pass, but ran slightly wide, just wide enough to let Cluzel drive to the finish line and win.
Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) was third and that gave him a clear championship lead of ten points over Lowes, 61 to 51, with Cluzel the next best Honda rider, in fourth with 48 points.
Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth Honda) used all his racing experience to push for a podium, but he could not resist the late challenge of Sofuoglu. Fourth place, after starting 11th on the grid was his best performance of the year by some distance, as he has missed out on scoring any points until now.
Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda) led the race from the start, but crashed under braking into Ascari on the first lap when conditions were fully wet. He restarted but eventually retired with three laps remaining. Parkes had been seventh on the grid and is now sixth in the rankings, on 29 points.
Andrea Antonelli (Lorini Honda) was a top ten man yet again, finishing eighth at Monza, He is 11th in the rankings, one place ahead of his team-mate Roberto Tamburini who missed out on a point by one place today. Raffaele De Rosa joined Lorini Honda at this race and scored a very positive tenth place first time out. Kieran Clarke (Bogdanka Honda PTR) joined the WSS class at Monza and scored 14th, one place up on Martin Jessopp (Riders PTR Honda) as he took his own first point today.
Regular riders Ronan Quarmby (PTR Honda) and Balazs Nemeth (Racing Team Toth Honda) each fell from strong position on track, as did Mathew Scholtz (Bogdanka PTR Honda).
Race1 Canceled Due To Weather Conditions
|1||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|2||L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|3||E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|4||M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|5||M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|6||J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team|
|7||C. CHECA (Althea Racing)|
|8||D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)|
|9||J. SMRZ (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert)|
|10||A. BADOVINI (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)|
|11||H. AOYAMA (Honda World Superbike Team)|
|12||C. DAVIES (ParkinGO MTC Racing)|
|13||M. BERGER (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)|
|14||L. ZANETTI (PATA Racing Team)|
|15||L. CAMIER (Crescent Fixi Suzuki)|
|1||J. CLUZEL (PTR Honda)|
|2||S. LOWES (Bogdanka PTR Honda)|
|3||K. SOFUOGLU (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini)|
|4||I. TOTH (Racing Team Toth)|
|5||S. CRUCIANI (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki ItaliI)|
|6||A. BALDOLINI (Power Team By Suriano)|
|7||M. ROCCOLI (Bike Service - Wtr Ten 10)|
|8||A. ANTONELLI (Team Lorini)|
|9||V. IANNUZZO (Power Team By Suriano)|
|10||R. DE ROSA (Team Lorini)|
|11||J. METCHER (Rivamoto Junior Team)|
|12||F. FORET (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)|
|13||L. MARCONI (VFT Racing)|
|14||K. CLARKE (Bogdanka Honda PTR)|
|15||M. JESSOPP (Riders PTR Honda)|