World Superbike and World Supersport 2012
Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) had a tough day of competition in the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship races at Brno in the Czech Republic, after a collision with another rider while in a podium position in race one and then fighting hard against traction issues to take a top twelve finish in race two.
Marco Melandri (BMW) won both races at Brno, to close the gap to championship leader Max Biaggi (Aprilia) significantly.
Rea had been sixth in Superpole qualifying, a good result considering his recent lack of track data at Brno, and he looked set for a possible podium place until he fell while trying to pass race leader Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) at the apex of a corner when Sykes had started to drift wide, three laps from the end. The riders collided, Rea fell and Sykes carried on to score second. Rea was 12th in race two after he experienced a severe lack of edge grip and his combined Brno results dropped him to fifth overall in the championship standings.
Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) was taken out in race one when Leandro Mercado (Kawasaki) fell under braking and both bike and rider pushed Aoyama wide, eventually causing him to fall. In race two a technical issue prevented Hiroshi from finishing the race. He is now 17th in the standings.
In the championship contest Biaggi has 271.5 points, Melandri 250.5 and Sykes 212.5. Carlos Checa (Ducati) has 204.5 and Rea 187.
Next round is at the evocative circuit of Silverstone on Sunday 5 August.
Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda) put in a podium performance at the eighth round of the FIM Supersport World Championship, taking third place in the Czech Republic to boost his confidence for the final few races of the season and his overall points total.
Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) was one place behind Parkes in fourth in a dramatic race at Brno, but Lowes is still the closest challenger to championship leader and second place rider today, Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki).
The race was started then red flagged because of a start line incident and in the restart eventual race winner Fabien Foret (Kawasaki) put in a front running performance until the 14th lap, when Sofuoglu passed him, with Parkes right behind. At that point sixth place rider Ronan Quarmby suffered a big highside, and with his machine stranded on the track and almost on the racing line, the race was red flagged. With results going back to the 13th lap, Foret was declared the winner, Sofuoglu second and Parkes third. It was Broc’s second podium finish of the season.
Lowes worked hard to get to a top four place at what is not one of his favourite circuits and he is now 23 points behind Sofuoglu in the current rankings, 137 to 114. Foret is third on 108 and Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda), who was fifth today at Brno, sits fourth on 95. Parkes is fifth on 82.
Quarmby was credited with sixth in the classification today because of the count back of one lap rule in a red flagged race and that score puts him eighth in the points.
Gabor Talmacsi (PRORACE Honda) treated the Brno race as a home round and was 19 seconds from the winning time, in 12th place. The only remaining Honda points scorer was Valentin Debise (SMS Racing Honda) in 14th place today.
Raffaele de Rosa (Lorini Honda) was 16th, Balazs Nemeth (Racing Team Toth Honda) went 17th, and Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth Honda) 19th. Despite starting behind the pace car for the second start of the WSS race, Martin Jessopp (Riders PTR Honda) finished two places from last, in what was a lonely race for the most part.
Roberto Tamburini (Lorini Honda) and Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka Honda PTR) crashed out of the race, while Massimo Roccoli (Kuja Racing Honda) and Mathew Scholtz (Bogdanka PTR Honda) each had to retire, Scholtz with a clutch issue.
|1||M. MELANDRI (BMW S1000 RR)|
|2||T. SYKES (Kawasaki ZX-10R)|
|3||L. BAZ (Kawasaki ZX-10R)|
|4||C. CHECA (Ducati 1098R)|
|5||E. LAVERTY (Aprilia RSV4 Factory)|
|6||M. BIAGGI (Aprilia RSV4 Factory)|
|7||L. HASLAM (BMW S1000 RR)|
|8||M. FABRIZIO (BMW S1000 RR)|
|9||M. BERGER (Ducati 1098R)|
|10||J. SMRZ (Ducati 1098R)|
|11||C. DAVIES (Aprilia RSV4 Factory)|
|12||A. POLITA (Ducati 1098R)|
|13||N. BRIGNOLA (BMW S1000 RR)|
|14||L. CAMIER (Suzuki GSX-R1000)|
|15||J. HOPKINS (Suzuki GSX-R1000)|
|1||M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|2||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|3||C. CHECA (Althea Racing)|
|4||M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|5||E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|6||C. DAVIES (ParkinGO MTC Racing)|
|7||L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|8||L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|9||L. CAMIER (FIXI Crescent Suzuki)|
|10||M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)|
|11||D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)|
|12||J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)|
|13||J. SMRZ (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert)|
|14||J. HOPKINS (FIXI Crescent Suzuki)|
|15||M. BERGER (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)|
|1||F. FORET (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)|
|2||K. SOFUOGLU (Kawasaki Lorenzini)|
|3||B. PARKES (Ten Kate Racing Products)|
|4||S. LOWES (Bogdanka PTR Honda)|
|5||J. CLUZEL (PTR Honda)|
|6||R. QUARMBY (PTR Honda)|
|7||S. MORAIS (Kawasaki Lorenzini)|
|8||S. CRUCIANI (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki Itali)|
|9||V. IANNUZZO (Power Team by Suriano)|
|10||V. LEONOV (Yakhnich Motorsport)|
|11||R. LANUSSE (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)|
|12||G. TALMACSI (PRORACE)|
|13||F. MARINO (MSD R-N Racing Team India)|
|14||V. DEBISE (SMS Racing)|
|15||L. MARCONI (VFT Racing)|