WSB Misano Race 2: Biaggi secures emphatic double

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Max Biaggi stormed to his second race win of the day with a dominant performance in race two at Misano. The factory Aprilia rider was clearly buoyed by his race one win wasted no time getting to the front and after passing Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea eased away and pulled out a commanding lead.

He said: “To take the double win is all I could ask. Once again my team got the maximum out of my bike. I worked all weekend on a race tyre which meant we struggled in qualifying but it worked well in the race.”

Biaggi’s double win sees him extend his championship lead to 38.5 points at the top of the standings.

Jonathan Rea bounced back from the disappointment of not winning race one to secure an impressive second place podium in race two.

He said: “I’m disappointed with the race one result because I had a good lead, but when the tyre dropped off it really dropped. I tried to manage it but by the end I didn’t have a lot of grip. Race two was good, it was a hard race with Leon and I could see he was with me every step of the way. I was getting +0 on my pit board for the last nine laps so I had to ride inch perfect.”

Leon Haslam finished in third place after tyre wear wrecked hi opening race. The BMW man pushed Rea all the way and was ultimately satisfied with another podium in 2012.

Marco Melandri was once again the subject of controversy after colliding with both Sylvan Guintoli and Carlos Checa in the second race. In both incidents Guintoli and Checa crashed out. Melandri went on to finish in fourth place.

Brits Chaz Davies. Leon Camier and Irishman Eugene Laverty all crashed out of the race. Camier was able to re-join and claimed 15th place and a single championship point for his efforts.


Misano Adriatico - FIM Superbike World Championship - Race 2


1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 39'01.869

2. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 39'07.224

3. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 39'07.600

4. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 39'08.873

5. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 39'09.790

6. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 39'19.160

7. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 39'19.220

8. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 39'19.499

9. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 39'20.080

10. Matteo Baiocco (Barni Racing Team Italia) Ducati 1098R 39'30.000

11. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 39'30.276

12. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 39'39.929

13. Niccolò Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 39'50.872

14. John Hopkins (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 39'53.750

15. Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 39'57.371

16. Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 40'08.230

17. Federico Sandi (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 40'31.787

RT. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 32'16.723

RT. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 24'34.477

RT. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 11'39.370

RT. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 8'12.161

RT. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 4'58.038

RT. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 3'23.618

RT. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'43.649


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By Michael Guy

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