September 2012

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Suzuki B-King Final Prototype

Friday, 28 September 2012

Aragon , in the North East of is the newest circuit on the calandar. It was completed in 2009 after spectacular political shenanigans the regional government, Spain’s governing body and a large of wealthy local businessmen.

being possibly the wealthiset of Spain (though you’d guess to look at it — not actually a huge amount but what there is is either old or commercially hugely profitable) meant a circuit to rival any in the And it really is a great track, tight, technical sections, elevation changes including a very reminiscent of The Corkscrew and a back straight, entered a fast downhill run and ending in a gear hairpin.

Oh yes, Aragon has it all. The media is great, the staff were and the weather was simply glorious. of course, has its own issues. But we’ll to that later.

In qualifying it unsurprisingly, Checa who reigned on By having the second fastest in the first practice, where also managed to slip third before crashing at 16 and Lanzi and Xaus ended up to pit in with technical problems, and fastest throughout most of the session, Checa definitely that the home circuit is no illusion.

It was the second qualifying that seemed to determine how the of the weekend was going to go. It started out Checa fastest and Biaggi the Aprilia seems to like circuit as Camier was also in the top Biaggi then took the time and Melandri slotted in with 22 minutes to go.

Badovini showing he could go and was way up in fourth and in fifth – making us wonder if could this be his second in a row, as he then went second with 20 minutes to go. then set the fastest time by Biaggi, leaving ‘golden Checa now down in fifth, but not for as he then took the top spot Badovini sadly crashed he was 7th fastest, stopping his chances to higher up in the pack.

So with 2 minutes to go the provisional row was Checa, Smrz, Biaggi and – but Camier then did a brilliant lap and himself up into fifth. as you mean to continue, so they

Superpole one . with 9 minutes to go, had going fastest followed by Melandri and Haslam, with falling in fifth and Sykes behind Laverty. Biaggi’s then slotted into with Haga fourth, Sykes down to eighth. 4 minutes to go Checa still but Camier was now second and Biaggi

Badovini did a last minute lap and slotted into fourth whilst Checa pulled the box and watched, looking very with himself. Guintoli ran off and onto the gravel trap but also third place, Fabrizio then setting the fastest time. These fast times pushed some of the top contenders, with consequences as Corser, Berger, and Smrz then didn’t for superpole two.

Superpole two had as the top qualifier with 7 minutes to go Checa in second and Badovini soon to be pushed down to by Laverty. Melandri then into fifth, but with 30 remaining, Haga slots up to pushed down to eighth by doing a fast lap and qualifying Sykes, however, then Camier to sixth and Haga out of three along with Fabrizio and Guintoli.

With 6 minutes remaining in three . Melandri was the fastest Biaggi behind him and Laverty and making up the first row. then set an amazing time of putting him into third and keeping him there. Checa was and, with three remaining it was still Melandri, Camier and Checa. Sykes was a flying lap from qualifying after pitting in but was blocked by rider, taking valuable away from his lap.

He finished in fifth, starting the row. This left the results and front two rows as Biaggi, Camier, Checa, Laverty, Lascorz and Badovini.

time approached fast, and one had a good start from slotting straight into place approaching the first with Melandri in first and in second. Checa and Haga overtook Camier, and Biaggi Melandri after a short for first. Camier then Haga’s favour and took place back, leaving the four after the first lap as Melandri, Checa and Camier.

A of bikes and lots of overtaking something being knocked off bike (vague I know but it was a difficult to tell exactly happened) and Camier overtook into third place by around the outside and blocking him leaving him in the capable hands of At this stage, the top ten riders still incredibly close, but started to make a small gap Melandri hot on his tail.

It all ended for on the third lap, as he had to enter the due to a technical problem but Sykes had working his way up the pack and was now sat in sixth

Further down the field, showed signs of improvement as his started to decrease leaving him just a few more places and be getting points. Vermeulen’s a example of how much a seemingly crash can make a rider to start from square one Camier and Checa fought for and Checa got it, Camier trying to it back on the inside but being off.

Camier did briefly again going into the corner, but into the straight got straight back in front.

that, whilst riders for places it increases their lap so this gave Biaggi and the chance to pull away and and Camier less hope for any than third. Checa now had a gap ahead of Camier, with chasing Haga to try and get fifth. The wasn’t a help to any of the riders, as the tarmac gets too hot it melts the and gives them less making it harder to gain and overtake without overdoing it and off.

Speaking of falling Smrz then did so on turn getting up and walking away. in the mean time, caught up to and was gearing himself up to overtake.

Lap saw Xaus run onto the gravel at one, rejoining in seventeenth beforeo having to enter the due to the problems the gravel caused. was a big gap forming between Checa and as Checa had started to push in an to catch up with Melandri and

Maybe he ushed a little too though, as he, Checa then on lap eight at turn ten, he was OK but rather annoyed, but did put British boy Camier on the podium, as long as he steady. Fabrizio then on lap ten, losing his eighth finish after climbing up the – he also sent his bike into the wall, which have been expensive. finally overtook Haga on lap leaving the standings as Biaggi, Camier and Sykes.

Haslam and Corser showed team-mate action as they started to battle for tenth, Haslam managing to keep it.

good fortune started to as Haga then overtook him in lap fourteen, followed by Laverty on lap then Lascorz on lap sixteen, us to believe he was struggling. Meanwhile, on lap sixteen, Biaggi ran slightly allowing Melandri to dive through and into first As mentioned before, this slowed them down, and started gaining on the top two very closing the gap to only two seconds.

then overtook Haga fourth and Corser overtook to take ninth place. also seemed to regroup and Lascorz again. Camier’s were getting faster and and it was clear that, if there just a few more laps, he have easily taken place. Haslam also Corser again, pushing him to tenth place.

On the last lap overtook Haga again, and won the race with Biaggi in and Camier third. Laverty in fourth followed by Sykes, Lascorz, Haslam and Corser – but it was a close finish between and Sykes.

Between Superbike Chaz Davies put the Union at the top with a tidy and well win in the Supersport race, while Sam rode the wheels off the slightly Parkalgar Honda to take ahead of local hero Salom. Pretty good that both Yamaha and (first and third) nominated as their official test and their bikes had a good km/h advantage through the trap. Honourable mention to Rea as well, on the massively outclassed Honda, taking a hard sixth place.

Back to Superbikes, then. two saw another good start Camier, but Biaggi took the with Melandri behind him and once again, in third to be overtaken straight away by Lascorz then also Camier, leading to a battle them which Lascorz out top of.

Maxime Berger t-boned at the end of the long fast back knocking them both Berger walked away but was left with a broken and ulna in his left arm. left the standings by the end of lap two as Biaggi, and Sykes. Fabrizio and Checa both overtook Camier on lap but it was, once again, the and Melandri show for the top two.

and Checa then went on to Lascorz, whilst Haga Haslam into eighth

The weekend ended badly for as he ended up with two DNFs crashing on lap five at turn with Haslam falling when overtaken by Laverty. and Fabrizio kept on overtaking, as both got past Sykes, Fabrizio into third However, there was already a second gap between Melandri and with Melandri still close to Biaggi.

Xaus had to from the race and enter the on lap seven (another technical and, sadly, Sykes on this lap with a fast low Fortunately the Yorkshireman was unhurt. also dropped back eighth place as Haga him, but was still setting lap times.

Haslam’s weekend seemed to get as Badovini then overtook but things suddenly stopped and people stopped overtaking! overtook Badovini again on lap but tenth place was a whole 18 behind Biaggi’s first

Melandri stayed very to Biaggi, hoping for a double, but on lap he lost the front end and though he to save it he ranning off track and up with a 5 second gap behind At this point we knew the likely result, as did Melandri he seemed to relax a bit.

overtook Haga on lap nineteen, and by the lap there were 20 seconds first and eighth place – is a huge difference! Biaggi the race way in the lead, cruising the line with a quick over his shoulder. Melandri second, Checa third and Fabrizio, Lascorz, Laverty, Camier, Haslam and Badovini.

next and, as usual, be there – but unfortunately Johnny Rea hasn’t recovered fully to race, so will be missing his circuit’s round. We’ll you posted on Corser.

1 Marco (Yamaha)

2 Max Biaggi (Aprilia)

3 Camier (Aprilia)

4 Eugene (Yamaha)

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