Motorcycle Racing News 2012 Moscow World Superbike | Results

2012 Moscow World Superbike | Results

2012 Moscow Raceway World Superbike

Spoiler Alert: 2012 World Superbike results from Moscow Raceway, Russia, listed below

For the first time in motorsports history, a global-racing event occurred on Russian soil. This was following round 11 of 14 in the 2012 World Superbike Championship at Moscow Raceway.

And the riders that made it into the history books? Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes and BMW Motorrad’s Marco Melandri.

During the first race, which was held under wet conditions, Sykes was joined on the podium by Melandri and Aprilia Racing Team’s Max Biaggi. In race two, Melandri was joined on the podium by Sykes and ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia’s Chaz Davies.

Race 1:

Sykes scored the first ever race win at the new circuit of Moscow Raceway in the eni FIM Superbike World Championship after a faultless display of front running at a high pace. His instant speed from second on the grid behind pole-sitter Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) kept him away from the troubles many other top riders endured behind him, with crashes helping Melandri finish second in an incident-packed race.

Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) overhauled his team-mate Laverty on the very last lap to take third place. Potential podium riders Checa, his team-mate Davide Giugliano, Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia), Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) and Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Racing Team Ducati) all crashed out, with Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) also falling then restarting to finish sixth.

Race 2:

Melandri was never under serious challenge after he eventually took the lead in the second eni FIM Superbike World Championship race at Moscow Raceway, heading up race one winner Sykes by less than a second after another 25-laps of full on drama and incident.

Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia) was third after the three riders in front of him on the last lap were affected by a highside from Laverty. The Brit retired but Rea recovered from his collision with Laverty’s machine, and subsequent crash, to go seventh. The following Checa was pushed off track and dropped back to finish fourth. Leon Camier was a strong fifth for the FIXI Crescent Suzuki team.

Biaggi had a collision under braking with Haslam and neither rider finished the race, which means that Melandri is now in the lead of the championship – 308.5 points to Biaggi’s 290, with Sykes third on 267.5.

2012 Moscow Raceway World Superbike Results, Race 1:

1. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R

2. Marco Melandri ITA BMW Motorrad S1000RR +8.878

3. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Racing RSV-4 +12.603

4. Eugene Laverty IRL Aprilia Racing RSV-4 +13.027

5. Michel Fabrizio ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR +29.582

6. Leon Haslam GBR BMW Motorrad S1000RR +30.587

7. Niccolo Canepa ITA Red Devils Ducati 1198R +32.170

8. Lorenzo Zanetti ITA PATA Ducati 1198R +34.704

9. John Hopkins USA Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 +40.366

10. David Salom ESP Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +41.143

11. Loris Baz FRA Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +44.363

12. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR +47.813

13. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Honda WSBK CBR1000RR +52.650

14. Alexander Lundh SWE Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +1m 20.273

15. Leon Camier GBR Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 +2 laps

16. David McFadden RSA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +3 laps

17. Chaz Davies GBR ParkinGO MTC Aprilia RSV-4 23 laps completed (DNF)

18. Davide Giugliano ITA Althea Ducati 1198R 13 laps (DNF)

19. Jonathan Rea GBR Honda WSBK CBR1000RR 10 laps (DNF)

20. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1098R 2 laps (DNF)

21. Sylvain Guintoli FRA PATA Ducati 1198R 2 laps (DNF)

2012 Moscow Raceway World Superbike Results, Race 2:

1. Marco Melandri ITA BMW Motorrad S1000RR

2. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +0.976

3. Chaz Davies GBR ParkinGO MTC Aprilia RSV-4 +4.213

4. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1098R +5.954

5. Leon Camier GBR Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 +13.568

6. Davide Giugliano ITA Althea Ducati 1098R +15.173

7. Jonathan Rea GBR Honda WSBK CBR1000RR +23.125

8. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR +23.696

9. Loris Baz FRA Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +23.884

10. Lorenzo Zanetti ITA PATA Ducati 1098R +24.096

11. Sylvain Guintoli FRA PATA Ducati 1098R +24.881

12. John Hopkins USA Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 +39.643

13. David Salom ESP Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +1m 01.449

14. Alexander Lundh SWE Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +1m 36.596

15. Eugene Laverty IRL Aprilia Racing RSV-4 24 laps completed (DNF)

16. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Racing RSV-4 9 laps (DNF)

17. Leon Haslam GBR BMW Motorrad S1000RR 9 laps (DNF)

18. Niccolo Canepa ITA Red Devils Ducati 1098R 1 lap (DNF)

19. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Honda WSBK CBR1000RR 0 (DNF)

20. David McFadden RSA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 0 (DNF)

21. Michel Fabrizio ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 0 (DNF)

2012 World Superbike Championship Point Standings (after 11 of 14 rounds):

1. Max Biaggi / Ducati: 274

2. Marco Melandri / BMW: 263.5

3. Tom Sykes / Kawasaki: 222.5

4. Carlos Checa / Ducati: 220.5

5. Jonathan Rea / Honda: 203.5

6. Leon Haslam / BMW: 170

7. Eugene Lavert / Aprilia: 160.5

8. Sylvain Guintoli / Ducati: 122.5

9. Michael Fabrizio / BMW: 108.5

10. Davide Giugliano / Ducati: 106

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 AMA Supercross and Motocross Pro Numbers: List and Analysis

Supercross starts up in January, and it’s time to match the latest crop of riders to the numbers on their motorcycles. The biggest news...

Cardo Packtalk Black and Prototype Headset Review: Racing Intercom

Cardo has been well known for its high-quality helmet-to-helmet communication systems for over a decade. Cardo uses Bluetooth technology in both is Packtalk and...

2021 Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition First Look (8 Fast Facts)

The triumvirate of 2020 AMA 450MX National Champion Zach Osborne, 2018 AMA Supercross Champion Jason Anderson, and Dean Wilson will all be racing motorcycle...

Shoei RF-1400 First Look: New Motorcycle Helmet

The folks at Shoei made the best of our pandemic situation with their unique launch of the new Shoei RF-1400. They shipped us the...

2021 Ducati Monster First Look [13 Fast Facts + Specs]

Amid these unique times when OEMs are usually launching their lineups at EICMA, Ducati spent the past five Wednesdays releasing new models. Many, like the...

2021 Ducati Monster Lineup First Look: 4 Models; 2 All-New

There’s a big shakeup in the Ducati Monster lineup for 2021. Say goodbye to the 797, 821, and 821 Stealth. Those three models are...