World Superbike and World Supersport 2012
Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) had never raced at Aragon before today, but qualified sixth in Superpole for the Spanish round of the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship, before his race day fortunes changed somewhat.
A first corner crash in race one, after a collision with other riders, saw him fall, then restart and eventually finish 16th.
In race two Jonathan battled through from ninth at one stage to go fifth at the flag, the first rider behind a leading group of four that contained race one winner Max Biaggi (Aprilia) and race two victor Marco Melandri (BMW).
The two 20-lap races were held in windy conditions, with relatively moderate temperatures compared to the opening day on Friday when it was in the high 30s. Down in 14th in the first qualifying session on that day Rea moved to 11th in combined qualifying, shortly before Superpole. He finished up on the second row, showing good improvements in machine set-up and rider experience around the 5.344Km circuit in northern Spain. With two good starts better results could have come along for a rider who has scored two race wins in 2012 so far.
In the championship rankings Biaggi has 248.5 points, Melandri 200.5 and Rea 183.
Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) missed Superpole by two places, qualifying 18th from 23 riders. On race day he scored points in each 20-lap contest, in 14th and 15th places respectively. He is still trying to find an optimum set-up for his needs and looks forward to finding improvements for the next round, at Brno in the Czech Republic, on Sunday 22 July.
Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) won his second Supersport World Championship race in peculiar fashion at Motorland Aragon, as he crossed the line in second place after 18-laps of close and combative racing, but was awarded the race win when the leader Kenan Sofuoglu was punished with a drop of position to fifth. Lowes and the other riders in the original top five moved up one place as Sofuoglu was demoted.
Lowes was aware the situation and the likely penalty Sofuoglu faced for not making the required drop in track positions before the end of the race and Sam reduced his pace near the end to take the 25 points and move back to second in the championship table, now only 16 points behind leader Sofuoglu. Lowes had been only fifth in qualifying, but found improvements in race pace at the right time and was in determined mood throughout, moving up from seventh on lap one to the lead before Sofuoglu re-passed him.
For Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) an impressive pole sitter, a fall on lap three put him out of the points, dropping from second to third behind Lowes. At the top of the championship Sofuoglu has 117 points, Lowes 101 and Cluzel has an unchanged 84.
The first attempted running of the Supersport race was started on time then almost immediately halted for a serious looking accident when Mathew Scholtz (Bogdanka PTR Honda) and Yves Polzer (Yamaha) collided on the start line. Scholtz suffered a concussion, but walked away while Polzer was immobilised on track then taken to hospital for checks, with no serious injuries finally resulting from the collision.
The restarted race, getting underway half an hour behind schedule, went on for all 18 planned laps and Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda) secured an eventual fourth place, after Sofuoglu’s penalty was taken into account. The Australian rider was sixth in qualifying and is fifth in the championship rankings, the third highest ranked Honda rider as the 13 round season crossed over the halfway point.
Ronan Quarmby (PTR Honda) had one of his better days in 2012, finishing sixth after qualifying only 11th. He is now eighth in the championship and confident he can move up again. Gabor Talmacsi (PRORACE Honda) was a determined ninth today, easily his best finish in the two races he has competed in so far in 2012.
Raffaele de Rosa (Lorini Honda) and his team-mate Roberto Tamburini (Lorini Honda) were 13th and 15th respectively; the last Honda points scorers on show today. Tamburini is now tenth overall, on 39 points.
Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth Honda) retired in the pits while his team-mate Balazs Nemeth fell when moving through the field. Martin Jessopp (Riders PTR Honda) was unable to ride after falling in practice, aggravating existing injuries and being prevented from starting. Valentine Debise (SMS Racing Honda) did not complete the first lap in the attempted first race start. Pawel Szkopek had to retire with clutch issues on his Bogdanka PTR Honda as he continues to recover from leg injuries.
|1||M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|2||M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|3||C. CHECA (Althea Racing)|
|4||C. DAVIES (ParkinGO MTC Racing)|
|5||E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|6||M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)|
|7||L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|8||D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)|
|9||L. CAMIER (FIXI Crescent Suzuki)|
|10||M. BERGER (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)|
|11||N. CANEPA (Red Devils Roma)|
|12||S. GUINTOLI (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)|
|13||L. ZANETTI (PATA Racing Team)|
|14||H. AOYAMA (Honda World Superbike Team)|
|15||J. HOPKINS (FIXI Crescent Suzuki)|
|1||M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|2||E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|3||C. DAVIES (ParkinGO MTC Racing)|
|4||M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|5||J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)|
|6||L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|7||C. CHECA (Althea Racing)|
|8||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|9||A. BADOVINI (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)|
|10||D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)|
|11||M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)|
|12||M. BERGER (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)|
|13||S. GUINTOLI (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)|
|14||L. ZANETTI (PATA Racing Team)|
|15||H. AOYAMA (Honda World Superbike Team)|
|1||S. LOWES (Bogdanka PTR Honda)|
|2||F. FORET (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)|
|3||S. MORAIS / RSA / Kawasaki Lorenzini)|
|4||B. PARKES / AUS / Ten Kate Racing Products)|
|5||K. SOFUOGLU / TUR / Kawasaki Lorenzini)|
|6||R. QUARMBY / RSA / PTR Honda)|
|7||V. IANNUZZO (Power Team by Suriano)|
|8||J. METCHER / AUS / Rivamoto Junior Team)|
|9||G. TALMACSI / HUN / PRORACE)|
|10||J. DAY (Team GOELEVEN)|
|11||R. LANUSSE (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)|
|12||L. MARCONI (VFT Racing)|
|13||R. DE ROSA (Team Lorini)|
|14||F. MENGHI (VFT Racing)|
|15||R. TAMBURINI (Team Lorini)|