2012 World Superbike
The ninth round of the 2012 World Superbike Championship wrapped up at Brno last weekend with BMW Motorrad Marco Melandri doing the double.
Melandri and his team worked hard to get the Pirelli tires sticking, considering the race one was held under semi-wet conditions, and race 2 completely dry. Once again, Pirelli gave out its best-lap awards, race one going to Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa (2:00.741) and race two to Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes (1:59.728).
Following is some analysis from Pirelli Moto Racing Director Giorgio Barbier: “The two World Superbike Championship races on the Brno circuit confirmed that the selection of solutions we decided to bring to this round was definitely the right one, especially considering the fact that the weather conditions turned out to be quite unpredictable throughout the entire weekend. Specifically, Sunday was marked by brief showers and rather low temperatures for this time of year.
“In fact, Race 1 was held with an asphalt temperature of 22°C and a few sections of the track which were completely wet, while for Race 2 there was a temperature of 19° but completely dry asphalt. Both of the SC0 compound solutions for the rear were popular with the riders, particularly the brand new R874 in an oversize 200 inches profile which was chosen by about 70% of the riders.
“My compliments to Marco Melandri and the entire BMW Motorrad Motorsport team for the fine work they have done these past few days, moving into the manufacturer leadership. I would also like to compliment Kawasaki for their excellent placements both in Superbike and in the Supersport and Superstock 1000 classes. This year the Championship has once again proven to be very exciting: at five rounds from the end there are four riders and four teams who are very much in the running for the world title.”
Pirelli BEST LAP Awards:
SBK Race 1 – Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) 2’00.741 (Lap 20)
SBK Race 2 – Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1’59.728 (Lap 2)
Total BEST LAP : Checa C. (Althea Racing) 6, Biaggi M. (Aprilia Racing Team) 4, Melandri M. (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 3, Sykes T. (Kawasaki Racing Team) 3, Guintoli S. (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) 1
WSS – Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products) 2’04.011 (Lap 7)
Total BEST LAP : Lowes S. (Bogdanka PTR Honda) 2, Foret F. (Kawasaki Intermoto Step) 2, Parkes B. (Ten Kate Racing Products) 2, Lanzi L. (Prorace) 1, Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki Lorenzini) 1
STK1000 – Robbie Brown (DMC Racing) 2’14.253 (Lap 10)
STK600 – Gauthier Duwelz (Team MTM Racing) 2’06.855 (Lap 8)