World Superbike and World Supersport 2012
The FIM Superbike World Championship has now delivered Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) 29 career podiums in 98 individual career races after he finished second in race two today, making up for the disappointment of crashing out of race one while leading, and then limping home to finish 13th.
Rea completed his latest SBK season in overall fifth place, with two race wins to his credit. He was only nine points from a top four finish in the points table.
The 25-year-old rider from Northern Ireland, who has combined MotoGP duties with his full-time SBK commitments, recently was going through his fifth consecutive race weekend at the SBK season finale. He fell in the first 23-lap race at the 4.411Km Magny-Cours circuit in wet and very slippery conditions that saw many top riders fall or run wide. He was lapping two seconds faster than his closest rivals for some time, but fell on lap 13 when his rear snapped out while he was almost upright. He was lucky to walk away with just bashes and bruises and was all ready to start race two.
He was glad he did when he ran eventual race two winner Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) a close second. Sylvain Guintoli had won race one, in wet conditions on his privateer Ducati. In the championship Max Biaggi (Aprilia) won his second SBK title by finishing fifth in race two, winning the crown by an impossibly small margin of 0.5 points over Sykes. This was the closest ever finish in SBK’s 25 year history.
Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) qualified 18th at Magny-Cours and completed his rookie season in the same 18th place overall. He was a retiree in the first wet race today, but 14th and in the points in race two, in largely dry conditions.
Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) made the break at the front of the field in the FIM Supersport World Championship race at Magny-Cours that proved eventually decisive, finally winning his home race by1.591 seconds from a chasing Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda). Cluzel finishes the season second overall and Lowes is back up to third.
The combined efforts of many Honda riders gave the Manufacturers’ Title to Honda, for the ninth time.
After two dry days of practice a wet warm-up was the only chance the WSS riders had to put good settings in their machines. Some succeeded and some did not, with fortunes changing for many riders on the final raceday of the 13-round 2012 season.
New champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) was third over the line in today’s race, but was finally penalised back the fourth after colliding with eventual podium finisher Dan Linfoot (Kawasaki) and knocking him off.
Held in damp yet slowly drying conditions the 22-lap race was a tricky one for all and particularly for Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda) who raced with a rear tyre that had too much pressure in it. Despite starting from pole he dropped back to pit and then get going again and finished 27th. Parkes is fifth in the final points table.
South African riders Ronan Quarmby (PTR Honda) and Mathew Scholtz (Bogdanka PTR Honda) had very different fortunes today, with Sholtz having his personal best race of the year in seventh after qualifying 16th, but Quarmby was fighting rear grip issues to go 26th. In the championship Quarmby finished eighth, Scholtz a much-improved 16th.
Roberto Tamburini (Team Lorini Honda) was 25th in the tricky conditions,p but overall he was 12th in the final rankings, the fifth Honda overall. Gabor Talmacsi (PRORACE Honda) returned to form and was ninth, placing him 13th overall despite only competing in a few races this year. He had been an impressive sixth in qualifying.
Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth Honda) was one place behind his team-mate Balazs Nemeth (Racing Team Toth Honda) in France, with Nemeth 12th and Toth 13th. They were the last Honda riders in the points today.
Martin Jessopp (Riders PTR Honda) finished his season 18th in the order in France and 40th overall in points. Danilo Marrancone (Kuja Racing Honda) had a DNF at Magny-Cours.
Miguel Praia (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda) went 22nd today and Valentin Debise (SMS Racing Honda) retired.
|1||S. GUINTOLI (PATA Racing Team)|
|2||M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|3||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|4||M. BERGER (Red Devils Roma)|
|5||L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|6||A. BADOVINI (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)|
|7||E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|8||D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)|
|9||C. CORTI (Team Pedercini)|
|10||L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|11||N. BRIGNOLA (Grillini Progea Superbike Team)|
|12||M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)|
|13||J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)|
|1||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|2||J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)|
|3||S. GUINTOLI (PATA Racing Team)|
|4||E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|5||M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|6||D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)|
|7||C. CHECA (Althea Racing)|
|8||C. DAVIES (ParkinGO MTC Racing)|
|9||A. BADOVINI (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)|
|10||L. CAMIER (FIXI Crescent Suzuki)|
|11||M. BERGER (Red Devils Roma)|
|12||C. CORTI (Team Pedercini)|
|13||L. ZANETTI (PATA Racing Team)|
|14||H. AOYAMA (Honda World Superbike Team)|
|15||N. BRIGNOLA (Grillini Progea Superbike Team)|
|1||J. CLUZEL (PTR Honda)|
|2||S. LOWES (Bogdanka PTR Honda)|
|3||D. LINFOOT (MSD R-N Racing Team India)|
|4||K. SOFUOGLU (Kawasaki Lorenzini)|
|5||F. FORET (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)|
|6||A. BALDOLINI (Power Team by Suriano)|
|7||M. SCHOLTZ (Bogdanka PTR Honda)|
|8||A. ANTONELLI (Bike Service R.T.)|
|9||G. TALMACSI (PRORACE)|
|10||J. METCHER (Rivamoto Junior Team)|
|11||F. MARINO (MSD R-N Racing Team India)|
|12||B. NEMETH (Racing Team Toth)|
|13||I. TOTH (Racing Team Toth)|
|14||S. MORAIS (Kawasaki Lorenzini)|
|15||M. ROCCOLI (Team PATA by Martini)|