World Superbike Monza Results 2012

May 6, 2012
Byron Wilson
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Sykes took first followed by Leon Haslam in second and Eugene Laverty in third.
Tom Sykes (center) took first followed by Leon Haslam (left) in second and Eugene Laverty (right) in third.

It was a difficult day in World Superbike racing at Monza with Race 1 cancelled after the opening laps due to unsafe track conditions, and a red flag flown with eight laps to go in Race 2. Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes was able to post a commanding lead before the second race was called off, earning him the official win and an allotment of half the points of a full race win. He was followed by fellow Brit Leon Haslam of BMW Motorrad in second and Aprilia Racing Team’s Eugene Laverty in third. Despite finishing fifth, Max Biaggi of Aprilia Racing retains the points lead at 97.5, followed by Carlos Checa with 95.5 and Tom Sykes with 91.5.

One significant reason that Race 1 was cancelled is that John Hopkins of Crescent FIXI Suzuki suffered a crash during the opening laps of the first race. Hopkins high-sided and had to be taken in for an X-ray where it was discovered he had fractured a bone in his right foot and torn muscles in his left hip. His and other riders’ difficulty early on caused officials to pull the plug until conditions got better.

Sykes came out of the gates in Race 2 and took the lead early on, a lead he never lost during the short race. Biaggi trailed in second, but after the opening laps had fallen to fourth behind Laverty and BMW rider Marco Melandri. In what would become the final laps of the race, Haslam shot to second place and held off the Irish Aprilia rider to the end for second. Both riders stayed close, within a second, to one another until the end.

“This was my first podium at Monza,” said Sykes. “It is a shame that it is only half points but we put on a good show in eight laps and I hope I put on a good show for the Italian fans.”

Monza turned into an unusual race due to the poor conditions, a stop won by only eight laps in the main. Seventh place finisher Carlos Checa commented on the state of the track after Race 2 was complete: “In Race 1 most of the riders stated that it was too dangerous to re-start in the mixed conditions that we had at that moment. While some parts of the track were drying, other sections were very wet and so riding with slicks would have been impossible. Race 2 was brief but I’m pleased with the outcome as far as the points are concerned because we were able to limit the damage as we had hoped to.”

Biaggi increased his lead over Checa to two points in this round, with Sykes closing in on the top spot as well. The next round will take place at Donington Park in England where Checa ruled spreme in 2011. The Spanish rider will look to defend his title there, and in light of the all British podium this week, there may be added fire in Biaggi and Melandri to redeem their top three miss on home turf this weekend.

Leon Haslam at Monza.
Leon Haslam shot to second in the final laps of the race, earning his second podium finish in 2012.

2012 World Superbike Monza Results:
1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
2. Leon Haslam (BMW)
3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia)
4. Marco Melandri (BMW)
5. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
6. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
7. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
8. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
9. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
10. Ayot Badovini (BMW)
11. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
12. Chaz Davies (Aprilia)
13. Maxime Berger (Ducati)
14. L. Zanetti (Ducati)
15. Leon Camier (Suzuki)
16. L. Mercado (Kawasaki)
17. N. Canepa (Ducati)
DNS Michel Fabrizio (BMW)
DNS Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
DNS S. Gadea (Kawasaki)
DNS M. Aitchison (BMW)

2012 World Superbike Points:
1. Max Biaggi, 97.5
2. Carlos Checa, 95.5
3. Tom Sykes, 91.5
4. Marco Melandri, 72.5
5. Jonathan Rea, 70
6. Leon Haslam, 68
7. Sylvain Guintoli, 66
8. Eugene Laverty, 64
9. Jakub Smrz, 42.5
10. Davide Giugliano, 41