Published on 10 Jun 2012 by Toni M.
The Aprilia rider had another excellent start and coming from 10th on the grid was up to fourth at the first turn and third by the end of lap one, he then smoothly picked off with two high precision overtakes Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes to take the lead on lap four and clear out putting more than a seven second margin between himself and the rest of the field and then coast to a 5.5 second and his second victory of the day.
None of the field was able to match Biaggi’s impressive race pace as the higher track temperatures in Race 2 slowed lap times down, but this time tire choice played a less an important part in the final finishing order, as front end crashes from Sylvain Guintoli, Carlos Checa, Davide Gugliano, Eugene Laverty and Chaz Davies eliminated some of the expected battles in their rush to catch some of the front runners.
Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam took the second and third place on the podium, after chasing each other for almost the entire race distance, with Honda rider managing to skillfully avoid the unwanted attentions of Pocket Rocket.
Marco Melandri finished in a decent fourth after his DNF in race 1 after keeping an excellent Ayrton Badovini at bay - who took his best result of the season on the BMW satellite machine. Melandri also went under investigation after he was accused of causing Carlos Checa to crash out on lap 4 at the Curva del Rio. The Italian tried to punch his way through with an aggressive overtake on the unhappy Althea rider, but the Race Direction after reviewing the footage deemed it to be a normal racing incident and decided not to take any action.
The Goldbet BMW Italia team was also happy as Michel Fabrizio scored one of his best results so far this season finishing in sixth and keeping at bay Kawaski duo Tom Sykes who faded to seventh after leading the race and an excellent Loris Baz who charged up to eighth to try to engage in a battle with his team mate and Fabrizio. Jakub Smrz finished in 9th ahead of wildcard rider Matteo Baiocco who closed out the top ten.
WSBK Misano Race 2 results:
01- Max Biaggi – Aprilia Racing Team – Aprilia RSV4 Factory – 24 laps in 39’01.869
02- Jonathan Rea – Honda World Superbike Team – Honda CBR 1000RR – + 5.355
03- Leon Haslam – BMW Motorrad Motorsport – BMW S1000RR – + 5.731
04- Marco Melandri – BMW Motorrad Motorsport – BMW S1000RR – + 7.004
05- Ayrton Badovini – BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet – BMW S1000RR – + 7.921
06- Michel Fabrizio – BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet – BMW S1000RR – + 17.291
07- Tom Sykes – Kawasaki Racing Team – Kawasaki ZX-10R – + 17.351
08- Loris Baz – Kawasaki Racing Team – Kawasaki ZX-10R – + 17.630
09- Jakub Smrz – Team Effenbert Liberty Racing – Ducati 1198 – + 18.211
10- Matteo Baiocco – Barni Racing Team – Ducati 1198 – + 28.131
11- Maxime Berger – Team Effenbert Liberty Racing – Ducati 1198 – + 28.407
12- Hiroshi Aoyama – Honda World Superbike Team – Honda CBR 1000RR – + 38.060
13- Niccolò Canepa – Red Devils Roma – Ducati 1198 – + 49.003
14- John Hopkins – FIXI Crescent Suzuki – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 – + 51.881
15- Leon Camier – FIXI Crescent Suzuki – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 – + 55.502
16- Leandro Mercado – Team Pedercini – Kawasaki ZX-10R – + 1’06.361
17- Federico Sandi – Grillini Progea Superbike Team – BMW S1000RR – + 1’29.918