World Superbike and World Supersport 2012
FIM Superbike World Championship rider Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) found misfortune in each 25-lap race at the new venue of Moscow Raceway, falling in race one when a gearchange was missed and then being knocked off near the end of the second race, when another rider highsided right in front of him.
Rea had been sixth after a normal three-part dry superpole qualifying, starting from the second row in each race.
The Russian SBK races were won by Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) and Marco Melandri (BMW) respectively, with Melandri now pushing himself to the championship lead after Max Biaggi (Aprilia) failed to finish in race two.
The first superbike contest started with many damp patches on the track surface, and was declared ‘wet’ after earlier rains. A mainly dry racing line was evident on the 3.931Km circuit in Russia from the beginning, however, with most riders opting for slicks front and rear. Rea had gone from sixth on lap one to third on lap 11 before he fell out of contention when he found a false neutral and lost the front.
In race two, held in much brighter and dry conditions, Rea was competing for a podium place with Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) on the last lap when Laverty lost the rear mid-corner, with Jonathan riding right behind. He had no chance of escape and for the second race weekend in succession Jonathan had an unavoidable direct collision with an opponent’s stricken machine. Rea got back onto his damaged CBR1000RR and finished the final lap seventh, despite having no right footpeg assembly.
In the points table Melandri has 308.5 points, Biaggi 290, Sykes 267.5, Carlos Checa (Ducati) 233.5 and Rea is still fifth, on a slightly increased total of 212.5, despite his bad luck in Russia. He now goes to Brno to test Casey Stoner’s Repsol Honda MotoGP machine.
Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) had a great showing in pre-race testing in Russia last Wednesday and carried on that improvement all the way through until the first race dawned with damp patches of tarmac around the circuit. He carried on despite not having an optimum tyre choice and scored two points for 13th place. In race two he got tangled with two other riders and fell on the first lap. Hiroshi had qualified a more than respectable 12th and is now 18th in the overall standings.
The next race is at the iconic Nürburgring in Germany, on September 9.
Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) went from pole position on the grid to second in the 22-lap FIM Supersport World Championship race at a warm and sunny Moscow Raceway. The French rider formed a leading duo with eventual race winner Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) early in the race, but in the final few laps a lack of front tyre grip forced Cluzel to slow or risk crashing at a very important section of the season, with three individual races now left to run.
Jules finished five seconds down at the flag, with local WSS regular Vladimir Leonov (Yamaha) delivering a third place treat to the 32,500 local fans who had travelled to the well-appointed new Moscow Raceway track some 100kms from the city centre.
Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) who was third in qualifying, was the leader into turn one and then for the first two laps, but he had made an accidental jump-start and was punished with a ride-through penalty. This dropped him to 30th position when he rejoined on lap four, but he battled through to record a 12th place finish, and score some points.
Sofuoglu extended his championship lead after his third win of 2012, with the Turkish rider now 33 points ahead of Jules and 35 ahead of Sam.
Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda) found the same front tyre grip issues as many other riders on race day as he dropped back from a potential podium according to his form in the early laps to fifth place at the finish, some 32 seconds behind the winner.
Gabor Talmacsi (PRORACE Honda) overcame his front tyre drop-off issues well and finished a season-best eighth, having only joined the class at Misano in round six. He is now 14th overall. Roberto Tamburini (Lorini Honda) was ninth and Mathew Scholtz (Bogdanka PTR Honda) tenth as he continues to gather experience in this tough class of racing. He had been 12th on the grid.
PTR Honda rider Ronan Quarmby moved up and then down the race order in Russia, finishing a disappointed 13th after taking a top four at the previous round in the UK.
A top 18 finish was the reward for Valentin Debise (SMS Racing Honda) in Russia, with Martin Jessopp (Riders PTR Honda) immediately behind and Balazs Nemeth (Racing Team Toth Honda) 20th.
Federico D’Annunzio (Lorini Honda) scored 22nd place, Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth Honda) was 24th and Danilo Marrancone (Kuja Racing Honda) 25th from 28 finishers. With local wildcards in evidence, 34 riders started the Russian round.
|1||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|2||M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|3||M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|4||E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|5||M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)|
|6||L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|7||N. CANEPA (Red Devils Roma)|
|8||L. ZANETTI (PATA Racing Team)|
|9||J. HOPKINS (FIXI Crescent Suzuki)|
|10||D. SALOM (Team Pedercini)|
|11||L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|12||A. BADOVINI (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)|
|13||H. AOYAMA (Honda World Superbike Team)|
|14||A. LUNDH (Team Pedercini)|
|15||L. CAMIER (FIXI Crescent Suzuki)|
|1||M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|2||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|3||C. DAVIES (ParkinGO MTC Racing)|
|4||C. CHECA (Althea Racing)|
|5||L. CAMIER (FIXI Crescent Suzuki)|
|6||D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)|
|7||J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)|
|8||A. BADOVINI (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)|
|9||L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|10||L. ZANETTI (PATA Racing Team)|
|11||S. GUINTOLI (PATA Racing Team)|
|12||J. HOPKINS (FIXI Crescent Suzuki)|
|13||D. SALOM (Team Pedercini)|
|14||A. LUNDH (Team Pedercini)|
|1||K. SOFUOGLU (Kawasaki Lorenzini)|
|2||J. CLUZEL (PTR Honda)|
|3||V. LEONOV (Yakhnich Motorsport)|
|4||S. MORAIS (Kawasaki Lorenzini)|
|5||B. PARKES (Ten Kate Racing Products)|
|6||F. FORET (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)|
|7||A. ANTONELLI (Bike Service R.T.)|
|8||G. TALMACSI (PRORACE)|
|9||R. TAMBURINI (Team Lorini)|
|10||M. SCHOLTZ (Bogdanka PTR Honda)|
|11||A. BALDOLINI (Power Team by Suriano)|
|12||S. LOWES (Bogdanka PTR Honda)|
|13||R. QUARMBY (PTR Honda)|
|14||F. MARINO (MSD R-N Racing Team India)|
|15||L. MARCONI (VFT Racing)|