World Superbike Imola Results 2012

April 1, 2012
Bart Madson
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Carlos Checa celebrates an Imola victory.
The reigning World SBK champ Carlos Checa doubled up, and took over the points lead, with his Imola triumph.

Carlos Checa doubled up at Imola, with the Althea Ducati ace taking the World Superbike points lead in the process. In both races the reigning SBK champion battled with pole position starter Tom Sykes, who finished second. The two World Superbike races at the Italian circuit featured duplicate top fours, with BMW’s Leon Haslam and Aprilia’s Max Biaggi a respective third and fourth.

The first 21-lap SBK race saw Sykes jump out to the lead from pole position. The KRT (Kawasaki Racing Team) rider staved off the advances of Checa for the first half of the race, followed by Biaggi and Haslam. At the halfway marker Checa moved into the lead and Sykes couldn’t match the leader’s pace. Meanwhile, Haslam tracked down Biaggi and poached the final rostrum position from the points leader heading into Round 2.

Eugen Laverty moved up from his 11th-place starting position to round out the Race 1 top five, followed by Haslam’s BMW teammate, Marco Melandri, and Sykes’ KRT paddock-mate, Joan Lascorz. Jonathan Rea was the top-placed Honda in ninth, the CBR pilot sandwiched by Ducati privateers Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing) and Niccolo Canepa (Red Devils Roma).

The first race had its fair share of casualties as well, the most notable being Sylvain Guintoli as the Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati rider qualified in second. Finishing the opening lap in third, the French rider crashed out on Lap 2. Also earning DNF were Leon Camier (Crescent Suzuki) and 2011 World Supersport Champion Chaz Davies (ParkinGO Aprilia). Camier’s American teammate, John Hopkins, improved from a 19th-place start to finish Race 1 in the points in 13th.

Tom Sykes  66  enjoyed the early lead in both Imola races before Carlos Checa  7  took control for the wins.
Tom Sykes (66) enjoyed the early lead in both Imola races before Carlos Checa (7) took control for the wins.

Race 2 played out much like the first, with Sykes taking the advantage in the opening laps. The Englishman peeled off a new lap record at 1’47.552 (having set the outright best lap yesterday in Superpole qualifying at1’46.748). But Sykes was unable to maintain his record-setting pace and Checa moved up front on Lap 15. Biaggi also lost third to Haslam mid-race.

Rea managed to sneak up into the top five, despite running off-track in the late laps. The Honda World Superbike Team rider edged out Aprilia’s Laverty for fifth. The two benefited from technical issues that spoiled Althea Racing’s number two man, Davide Giugliano, who was running top five before fading in the closing laps, eventually retiring with one lap to go. Hopkins (Crescent Suzuki) and Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) also earned DNF thanks to technical gremlins.

Jakub Smrz finished seventh in Race 2, the Liberty Racing Team Effenbert rider having led the field during Friday’s qualifying. Camier rebounded in the second race in eighth, with Lascorz getting another top-10 in ninth. Melandri rounded out the top 10.

Checa’s Imola success marks three consecutive wins for the SBK champ, and it erases the points deficit earned by his dramatic high-speed high-side in the first Phillip Island race. Thanks to Biaggi’s 4-4 byline, King Carlos vaults back into the points lead – four points up on The Emperor. Sykes is right in the mix, six points behind Checa, with his 2-2 result the best dry-weather result in SBK (Sykes having won in the wet in Germany last season). Haslam sits fourth overall, 28 points behind the leader, with his 3-3 the British riders first double podium with BMW. Haslam teammate, Marco Melandri, is fifth in the points.

2012 World Superbike Imola Race 1 Results:
1. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
2. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
3. Leon Haslam (BMW)
4. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
5. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
6. Marco Melandri (BMW)
7. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
8. Lorenzo Zanetti (Ducati)
9. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
10. Niccolò Canepa (Ducati)
11. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
12. Maxime Berger (Ducati)
13. John Hopkins (Suzuki)
14. Leandro Mercado (Kawasaki)
15. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
16. Brett McCormick (Ducati)
17. Mark Aitchison (BMW)
18. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
19. David Salom (Kawasaki)
DNF Michel Fabrizio (BMW)
DNF Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
DNF Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
DNF Chaz Davies (Aprilia)
DNF Leon Camier (Suzuki)
DNF Lorenzo Alfonsi (Honda)

2012 World Superbike Imola Race 2 Results:
1. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
2. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
3. Leon Haslam (BMW)
4. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
5. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
6. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
7. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
8. Leon Camier (Suzuki)
9. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
10. Marco Melandri (BMW)
11. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
12. Maxime Berger (Ducati)
13. Lorenzo Zanetti (Ducati)
14. Chaz Davies (Aprilia)
15. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
16. Brett McCormick (Ducati)
17. David Salom (Kawasaki)
18. Mark Aitchison (BMW)
DNF Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
DNF Niccolò Canepa (Ducati)
DNF Leandro Mercado (Kawasaki)
DNF Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
DNF Lorenzo Alfonsi (Honda)
DNF John Hopkins (Suzuki)
DNF Michel Fabrizio (BMW) 

2012 World Superbike Championship Points:
1. Carlos Checa, 75
2. Max Biaggi, 71
3. Tom Sykes, 69
4. Leon Haslam, 47
5. Marco Melandri, 46
6. Jonathan Rea, 40
7. Jakub Smrz, 30
8. Eugene Laverty, 29
9. Sylvain Guintoli, 21
10. Maxime Berger, 20


Fabien Foret grabbed the Imola Supersport victory.
Fabien Foret (99) took the Supersport victory at Imola. The French rider also nabbed the points lead, with Round 1 winner, Kenan Sofuoglu, getting the black flag at Imola.

Fabien Foret claimed his first victory of the 2012 World Supersport season. The Kawasaki Intermoto Step rider bested Bogdanka PTR Honda’s Sam Lowes by a 0.574 margin. PTR Honda’s Ronan Quarmby completed the Supersport podium just edging out fellow CBR pilot Roberto Taburini. Triumph rider Vittorio Iannuzzo rounds out the top five.

Kenan Sofuoglu was black flagged from the Imola race. The Turkish rider, and Round 1 winner, was disqualified for not obeying a ride-thru penalty. Bodanka PTR Honda’s Mathew Scholtz was also DQ’d for the same reason.

The Foret victory and Sofuoglu penalty give the French rider control of the Supersport points. Lowes holds second overall, six points down on Foret. Sofuoglu is third with 25 points, with Quarmby fourth.

2012 World Supersport Imola Results:
1. Fabien Foret (Kawasaki)
2. Sam Lowes (Honda)
3. Ronan Quarmby (Honda)
4. Roberto Tamburini (Honda)
5. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Triumph)
6. Vladimir Leonov (Yamaha)
7. Balazs Nemeth (Honda)
8. Andrea Antonelli (Honda)
9. Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha)
10. Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki)
11. Alex Baldolini (Triumph)
12. Joshua Day (Kawasaki)
13. Romain Lanusse (Kawasaki)
14. Luca Marconi (Yamaha)
15. Jed Metcher (Yamaha)
DNF Jules Cluzel (Honda)
DQ Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki)

2012 World Supersport Championship Points:
1. Fabien Foret, 45
2. Sam Lowes, 31
3. Kenan Sofuoglu, 25
4. Ronan Quarmby, 25
5. Vittorio Iannuzzo, 18
6. Broc Parkes, 16
7. Sheridan Morais, 16
8. Roberto Tamburini, 13
9. Jules Cluzel, 13
10. Alex Baldolini, 13

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