Motor Sports

French score big in day of chaos

Monday August 6, 2012 by  

French riders Loris Baz and Sylvain Guintoli made the best of chaotic conditions to share victories in round 10 of the World Superbike title at Silverstone overnight.

Both races were hit by rain and eventually declared “wet” – the WSBK riders a victim of the same low front which was affecting competitors at the London Olympics.

While it was as day of celebration for the French connection, the battle for the championship took a dramatic twist when Italian Max Biaggi (Aprilia) crashed out of race one on the final lap, and then only followed up with a lowly 11th in race two. Read more

Melandri in historic double for BMW

Monday July 23, 2012 by  

Marco Melandri has produced two impeccably judged rides to clean sweep round nine of the 2012 World Superbike title at Brno in the Czech Republic.

The Italian only led over the finish line for three laps out of 40 – two in race one and once in the second – but it was all he required to bring up his and BMW’s first double win in WSBK competition.

And in doing do, Melandri has reduced Max Biaggi’s championship lead to 21pts (271.5 to 250.5) with five rounds remaining. Biaggi was sixth and fourth in the two 20-lap races at Brno. Read more

Biaggi the man to beat at Brno

Thursday July 19, 2012 by  

Max Biaggi’s extraordinary strike rate at the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic again has him as the man to beat when the 2012 World Superbike title visits there from July 27-29.

The factory Aprilia rider, 41, has 11 wins to his credit around the undulating 5.403km layout, including seven in grand prix racing and four in World Superbike competition – the first way back in 2007 on a Suzuki.

Since then, Biaggi has finished on the podium in seven of the eight WSBK races, including sharing wins in 2011 with Marco Melandri — the man who currently stands the best chance of preventing Biaggi wrapping up a second WSBK title in three years. Read more

Biaggi strengthens lead, shares wins with Melandri

Monday July 2, 2012 by  

Spain’s Aragon circuit has produced a stunning eighth round of the 2012 World Superbike title, with the two 20-lap races won in exceptionally tight circumstances by veteran Italian duo Max Biaggi (Aprilia) and Marco Melandri (BMW) respectively.

Biaggi, 41, has now extended his lead in the championship to 48pts, while Melandri has vaulted up two spots into second place and on current form is the only rider who can seemingly deny his countryman a second world title in three years.

Both races at Aragon were won by a combined winning margin of 0.320 seconds, with Melandri (2-1) claiming the overall spoils and a new lap record on his S 1000 RR. Read more

Biaggi on fire at Misano

Monday June 11, 2012 by  

Italian Max Biaggi pulled the trigger on his 2012 World Superbike campaign with a brilliant clean sweep at Misano overnight.

Ultra consistent without being a show-stopper in the opening six rounds, the veteran finally opened his shoulders and his stunning double victory on the factory Aprilia now has him leading the championship by 38.5 points at the halfway mark in proceedings, ahead of Jonathan Rea (Honda) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki). Defending champion Carlos Checa (Ducati) is back in fifth position.

Biaggi has now won four of the last six races at Misano, and finished second in the other two. And his WSBK race winning tally now stands at 19. Read more

World Superbike boys head to Misano

Thursday June 7, 2012 by  

The 2012 World Superbike title resumes at Misano this weekend after a last-start trip to America, with just 3o points separating the top five riders in one of the tightest championship battles on record.

The Misano Adriatico layout – which has recently been renamed Marco Simoncelli Circuit in honour of the late MotoGP star – is always an acid test for riders, with sweltering weather conditions a massive test of staying power.

But with temperatures expected to be mild for this year’s round – albeit humid — all the signs point towards another cracking round of a season which has already saluted six separate winners – equal to the total amount in 2011. Read more

Melandri’s big day out

Tuesday May 29, 2012 by  

Italian hard-charger Marco Melandri scooped the overall honours in round six of the 2012 Superbike World Championship at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah on May 28.

The BMW rider finished second and first in the two races, and has now clawed his way up to equal second in the championship alongside Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes on 142.5 points. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) leads the way on 160.5 points after six of 14 rounds.

“It is amazing. My team and BMW did an awesome job,” said Melandri. “Miller was my worst weekend last year, and it was the worst for BMW, too. So going home with two podiums, a win and a second place, is like a dream.” Read more

Checa back on solid ground

Thursday May 24, 2012 by  

After a recent dry spell, reigning World Superbike champion Carlos Checa will be salivating at the prospect of returning to Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City from May 26-28.

Checa has been a law unto himself at Miller in recent years, and could have been coming off a four-race winning streak around the 4.905km circuit had he not been felled by mechanical problems twice in 2010.

But he hit back hard in 2011, winning both races en route to eventual championship success. Read more

Melandri makes history, Rea wins race two

Monday May 14, 2012 by  

Italian Marco Melandri nailed BMW’s first ever World Superbike victory during a highly entertaining – and brutal – day’s racing in round five of the championship at Donington overnight.

And not only did Melandri win race one, he also led home teammate Leon Haslam to give BMW’s its first 1-2 in WSBK – and just when the team was on track for a similar result in race two it all came unstuck on the last turn after some argy-bargy which eventually saw Honda rider Jonathan Rea come out trumps to win his second race for the year.

Italian Max Biaggi (Aprilia) remains the championship leader, by 5pts over Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes, with Rea sneaking his way into third ahead of world champion Carlos Checa (Ducati) and Melandri. Read more

WSBK stars banking on a dry argument

Thursday May 10, 2012 by  

After two rain-marred rounds in a row, the World Superbike top brass will be hoping for some clear skies when the championship heads to Donington this weekend.

Last Sunday’s round four at Monza was a particularly uncooperative one for the WSBK set, with race one cancelled and the second called early after yet more precipitation.

Now the plan is that normal service will resume at Donington, at a circuit which holds a special place in WSBK history after hosting the first ever round way back on April 3, 1988. Read more