Sunday 7 October 2012
– The closest ever finish in the history of the
Superbike World Championship came today at
Magny-Cours when Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) ended
the second race in fifth place and in doing so he
ended up the season 0.5 points ahead of Tom Sykes
(Kawasaki Racing Team).
Biaggi had fallen in the first eni FIM Superbike
World Championship race of the day, leaving open a
path of opportunity for Sykes and race one second
place finisher Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad
Motorsport). With Melandri crashing out in
spectacular style in race two it was down to Sykes
to make the running and he did it in style after
putting in his fourth race win of the year. Biaggi,
receiving pit signals from his crew, had worked his
way far enough forward to take the overall win and
score his second SBK championship, adding to his
2010 season win, again for Aprilia.
Biaggi now has two world titles, 21 race wins, 70
podiums and five pole positions to his credit, and
four 250GP titles to boot.
“This is the fourth world championship out of six
that I have won at the final race, I seem to like
difficult challenges! The 2012 season went right
down to the wire: we started well with a win at
after totally renewing my team and we also had some
difficult moments. We had to work hard to win the
title, and maybe for this reason it’s even better. A
big thanks to the Team, Aprilia and the Gruppo
Piaggio, from President Colaninno to every factory
worker, because my success is the result of the work
of a great Italian company. Thanks also to my
family, my fiancée and my two children, as well as
Marino Laghi who is always present with me".
In the final championship rankings in 2012, Biaggi
has 358 points, Sykes 357.5 and Melandri 328.5.
Aprilia also won the Manufacturers’ Championship
today, by 23.5 points from BMW.
Tom Sykes: “It’s difficult to accept that half a
point separates us in a full season, but that’s all
credit to World Superbike and how close it is. Max
did a great job, but for me and my season I’m very
happy, everyone gave me a full package to do
something with and this weekend I was very strong.
Overall we had a pole position, circuit record, two
podiums and I’d like to dedicate that to Joan
Lascorz, I’ve had some help from him this weekend.
To close 30 points on Biaggi was magical. Now we’re
all signed and sealed for next year, hopefully we
1. Sykes (Kawasaki)
km in 38'15.725 media
159.092 km/h; 2. Rea (Honda) 1.354;
3. Guintoli (Ducati) 2.393; 4. Laverty (Aprilia)
13.122; 5. Biaggi (Aprilia) 13.955; 6. Giugliano
(Ducati) 18.229; 7. Checa (Ducati) 18.430; 8. Davies
(Aprilia) 26.648; 9. Badovini (BMW) 33.809; 10.
Camier (Suzuki) 37.217; etc.
1. Biaggi 358; 2. Sykes 357,5; 3. Melandri 328,5; 4.
Checa 287,5; 5. Rea 278,5; 6. Laverty 263,5; 7.
Guintoli 213,5; 8. Haslam 200; 9. Davies 164,5; 10.
Giugliano 143; etc.
1. Aprilia 444,5; 2. BMW 421; 3. Ducati 416; 4.
Kawasaki 397,5; 5. Honda 293,5; 6. Suzuki 136.5.
Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) took his fourth win of the
year today at Magny-Cours as he made the best of a
wet track and then a drying line around the
4.411km circuit. The French rider
underlined his second place in the championship with
Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) third overall in the
points after finishing second today. Third place at
Magny-Cours eventually went to Dan Linfoot (MSD R-N
Team India Kawasaki) after he was knocked off by an
attempted pass from new champion Kenan Sofuoglu
(Kawasaki Lorenzini). Linfoot restarted to finish
fourth but Sofuoglu was penalised 25 seconds and
thus Linfoot was eventually third and Sofuoglu
fourth. In the final championship table, Sofuoglu
has 231 points, Cluzel 210, Lowes 172 and Fabien
Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step) 171. Honda won the
manufacturers’ Championship by 14 points from
1. Cluzel (Honda) 22 Laps/97.042
km in 42'20.985 average 137.487 kph;
2. Lowes (Honda) 1.591; 3. Linfoot (Kawasaki)
27.615; 4. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki)
27.854; 5. Foret (Kawasaki)
31.601; 6. Baldolini (Triumph) 46.745; 7. Scholtz
(Honda) 50.820; 8. Antonelli (Yamaha) 50.934; 9.
Talmacsi (Honda) 53.090; 10. Metcher (Yamaha)
1. Sofuoglu 231; 2. Cluzel 210; 3. Lowes 172; 4.
Foret 171; 5. Parkes 135; 6. Morais 96; 7. Baldolini
96; 8. Quarmby 84; 9. Iannuzzo 60; 10. Antonelli 60;
1. Honda 287; 2.
273; 3. Triumph 125; 4. Yamaha 110; 5. Suzuki 6.
Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)
survived a wet track and the pressure of racing for
the championship at his home round to finish second
at Magny-Cours and give himself an eventual clear
championship win. His French countryman Jeremy
Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki) rode with confidence and
pace in the wet to win the race, but main
championship challenger Eddi
La Marra (Barni Racing Team Italia
Ducati) fell very early and lost his chance to get
back into the race. Another potential champion Bryan
Staring (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) fell early and
rode hard to try and get back into contention. He
finished fifth in the race and eventually fourth in
the championship. The final points read Barrier 153,
130, Guarnoni 123, Staring 122.
1. Guarnoni (Kawasaki)
km in 28'12.230 average 131.374 kph;
2. Barrier (BMW) 9.862; 3. Savadori (Ducati) 20.703;
4. Lussiana (Kawasaki)
34.445; 5. Staring (Kawasaki)
37.916; 6. Bergman (Kawasaki)
39.886; 7. Jezek (Ducati) 43.775; 8. Millet (Kawasaki)
49.227; 9. Pagaud (Kawasaki)
49.678; 10. Reiterberger (BMW) 1'03.515; etc.
1. Barrier 153; 2.
130; 3. Guarnoni 123; 4. Staring 122; 5. Savadori
107; 6. Reiterberger 91; 7. Bergman 88; 8. Massei
71; 9. Coghlan 68; 10. Baroni 56;
193; 2. Ducati 181; 3. BMW 181; 4. Honda 71; 5.
The final race of the year went to
local rider Guillaume Raymond (Valliance Racing) but
the championship win was still taken by Lukas Wimmer
(MSC Schalchen), who crashed out (KTM and
then remounted to finish third. Ilya Mikhalchik
(Wind Racing) was second in the race, Gaston Garcia Espana)
fourth. Wimmer took the title with 136 points to 111
1. Raymond; 2. Mikhalchik; 3. Wimmer; 4. Garcia; 5.
Demoulin; 6. Haquin; 7. Mettam; 8. Scarcella; etc.
1. Wimmer 136; 2. Garcia 111; 3. Orellana 81; 4.
Vidal 73; 5. Wielebski 72; 6. Pasek 65; 7. Patterson
59; 8. Demoulin 59; etc.