2012 World Superbike Championship
Bad weather plagued Sunday’s doubleheader at Monza in Italy for round four of the 2012 World Superbike Championship.
The riders took to the grid for race 1, but only three laps were completed. During the early stages of the race, Crescent Suzuki’s John Hopkins suffered a huge high side, breaking his foot. The race was red flagged, and following a half-hour the riders returned to the grid. But due to wet parts on the track, race officials canceled the race for rider safety.
The second race was also complicated by weather. After a delayed start, the riders were off to full action with Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes in the lead well ahead of the pack.
But the rain began on the eighth lap, and the race was red flagged and canceled. But it was no issue for Sykes; the Brit would take the win by 9.709 seconds ahead of Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport). Taking the final podium position was Aprilia Racing Team’s Eugene Laverty.
Due to only 50 percent of the race being completed, the riders only received half of the points awarded.
After four of 14 rounds in the World SBK championship, Aprilia Racing’s Max Biaggi, who finished fifth at Monza, has 97.5 points. Two points behind with 95.5 is Althea Racing Ducati’s Carlos Checa, who finished seventh at Monza. Sykes is in third with 91.5.
Attached above are video highlights of 2012 World Superbike at Monza.