What a season - it had it all...
Flag to flag races with a total of 9 different race winners and 5 different manufacturers winning races.
Aprilia with 7 wins
Ducati with 7 wins
BMW with 6 wins
Kawasaki with 5 wins
Honda with 2 wins
Heros were made in Tom Sykes - who would have though that from the burning greem embers (sic) of the PB kawasaki squad would rise the pheonix in the form of Grinner who would make the big K a force to be reckoned with - 9 x superpoles anyone... more podiums than anyone... a season to be proud of and the closest ever finish in WSBK history.
Biaggi played to type - a rider of excellence, smooth and fast but inconsistent. Won the title through graft but tried to loose it too many times, still, to bounce back from the race 1 crash and do enough to win was exactly what he needed to do... better to win the title than walk away with sciffed leathers as did Melandri.
Melandri - took the BMW to the edge, won races and lost friends, proved to be a hard racer but maybe heartless too.. Donnington a touch to far - or was that JR?
Brilliantly performed by all but Sykes - the stand out rider amongst the MotoGP rejects - gained most and, ultimately lost it all. R2 yesterday showed he has the pace, heart and style to be one of the best... roll on 2013 and Sykes being THE best!