Motorcycle Racing News 2012 Nurburgring World Superbike | Results

2012 Nurburgring World Superbike | Results

2012 World Superbike

Spoiler Alert: 2012 World Superbike results from Nurburgring, Germany, listed below

The 2012 World Superbike Championship headed to the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany this weekend for round 12 of 14.

And when the doubleheader got underway Sunday, it was Aprilia Racing Team’s Max Biaggi who started from pole position, the first time for the Italian this season.

Biaggi was able to capitalize on this first-positions start in race 1, taking victory ahead of teammate Eugene Laverty and ParkingGO MTC Racing Aprilia’s Chaz Davies; this was the first 1-2-3 World SBK race finish in Aprilia history.

But in race 2, the 2010 World SBK Champ suffered a crash, though was able restart and finish 13th. That race would be feature a podium full of Brits and an Irishman, with Davies taking his first-ever World SBK win, followed by Laverty and FIXI Crescent Suzuki’s Leon Camier, respectively.

Race 1

At the start of race 1, Kawasaki Racing’s Tom Sykes quickly got off the line from his second-position start, getting ahead of the 22-rider grid. Biaggi followed closely behind, and on lap 12 he passed Sykes for the lead. Biaggi would not be challenged again.

Behind, Sykes would remain in second, but gradually lost time. With five laps remaining, the ZX-10R rider would be passed by Laverty and Davies.

Biaggi would take the win by 3.027 seconds ahead of Laverty, with Davies in third. Sykes would finish fourth, followed by Camier in fifth.

Entering race one, BMW Motorrad’s Marco Melandri had an 18-point lead over Biaggi. But due to Melandri’s crash, Biaggi took the championship lead. It would be Biaggi’s 21st WSBK-career victory, and his fifth this season.

Also crashing out of race 1 was Kawasaki Racing’s Loris Baz, Althea Racing’s Davide Giugliano, Honda World Superbike’s Jonathan Rea, and BMW Motorrad’s Italia GoldBet’s Michel Fabrizio.

The reigning World SBK Champion, Althea Racing Ducati’s Carlos Checa, also crashed out while in third position in the early stages of the race. The Spaniard would rejoin, and finish 12th.

Race 2

In the second race, it was once again Sykes who took the early lead. Biaggi would crash, falling to the back of the grid.

Melandri and Davies chased down Sykes, with Melandri eventually taking the lead by mid race. But luck wasn’t on the Italian’s side, and he suffered another crash at Nurburgring. This crash allowed Davies pass Sykes and into the lead.

Davies would take the win by 3.022 seconds ahead of Laverty, who held of Camier. In fourth was Rea, with Sykes taking fifth, and Checa taking sixth.

Although he crashed and restarted from the back, Biaggi would finish 13th. Also crashing out was Team Effenbert Liberty Racing’s Brett McCormick, BMW Motorrad’s Leon Haslam, Fabrizio, and Team Pedercini Kawasaki’s Alexander Lundh.

Heading into the penultimate round at Portimao in two weeks, Biaggi has 318 points, 9.5 ahead of Melandri. Sykes is in third with 291.5 points, helping to create a tight fight up top for the 2012 World Superbike title with only two rounds remaining.

2012 Nurburgring World Superbike Results, Race 1:

1. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38’52.751

2. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38’55.778

3. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38’55.878

4. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 39’05.057

5. Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 39’06.882

6. Sylvain Guintoli (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 39’12.274

7. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 39’19.768

8. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 39’25.867

9. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 39’27.688

10. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 39’31.883

11. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 39’33.751

12. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 39’33.876

13. John Hopkins (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 39’39.676

14. Lorenzo Lanzi (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 39’47.410

15. Brett McCormick (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 39’49.093

16. Alexander Lundh (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 40’02.481

17. Norino Brignola (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 40’36.430

RT. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 33’14.140

RT. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 9’40.675

RT. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 5’52.293

RT. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 3’55.107

RT. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR

Nurburgring World Superbike Results, Race 2:

1. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 39’00.327

2. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 39’03.349

3. Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 39’03.549

4. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 39’06.032

5. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 39’07.631

6. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 39’07.868

7. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 39’15.036

8. Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 39’20.109

9. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 39’20.252

10. Sylvain Guintoli (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 39’20.355

11. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 39’25.980

12. John Hopkins (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 39’29.469

13. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 39’29.906

14. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 39’36.417

15. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 39’41.239

16. Lorenzo Lanzi (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 39’50.728

17. Norino Brignola (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 39’24.912

RT. Brett McCormick (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 30’18.544

RT. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 17’36.790

RT. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 15’34.320

RT. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 15’57.025

RT. Alexander Lundh (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 12’11.662

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).

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