PH2: ASSEN MOTOGP AND ARAGON WSB
Brit podiums in Moto2, Moto3 and WSB and WSS!
A Saturday Assen MotoGP race (although shown on Sunday by BBC – damn you, Wimbledon) saw drama from the first corner as Alvaro Bautista took out championship leader Jorge Lorenzo and, judging by the cloud of smoke, that’s one scrap M1 motor…
At the front it all got a bit fierce between Stoner and Pedrosa, who had dropped Spies and Dovi, with Stoner taking the lead with 10 laps to go. A clear track ahead and Stoner showed his class, winning the GP by a fair distance from his HRC team mate with Dovi in third and a rejuvenated looking Spies in fourth. Cal battled through to an impressive fifth. The first corner incident may well haunt Lorenzo, surrendering a 25-point lead to Stoner is never a good thing…
Over in WSB Jonathan Rea had a shocker in the first race, crashing in the first corner at the Aragon circuit. Tom Sykes set the early pace with the Aprilia pair of Eugene Laverty and Max Biaggi and BMW’s Marco Melandri close behind before Eugene slipped past to lead.
Both Aprilias looked strong in qualifying and sure enough, Biaggi hit the front and started setting lap records. Melandri pulled his finger out and by mid race was on the heels of Biaggi and looking strong. The pair traded places during the final half of the race before a cracking last lap saw Biaggi muscle past at the first corner and pull the pin, leaving Melandri in second place. Sykes lost his third place after an incident with Ayrton Badovini, giving it up to a relieved Carlos Checa who needs the points after a poor last round.
Five quickly became three as Laverty, Biaggi and Melandri broke clear of the pack and fought for the lead. Two Italians and an Irishman, the final laps certainly promised some entertainment and it got even better when Welshman Chaz Davies became involved! The Supersport champion has had a bit of a slow start to the season but showed his true class in the final laps, mixing it with the world’s best riders and searching for his first WSB win. It all came down to who wanted it more and Melandri certainly looked the most wild while Laverty was silky-smooth in the lead and Biaggi didn’t seem as if he wanted a scrap. How many unsuccessful late braking moves did Melandri make in the final few laps? One had to stick and sure enough he hit the front and stayed there with Laverty in second and Davies a well deserved third. Top result Chaz.
In World Supersport, Brit Sam Lowes took the win, a great result for one of the nicest guys in the paddock.
1 Biaggi 248.5
2 Melandri 200.5
3 Rea 183
4 Checa 175.5
5 Sykes 172.5
Brit watch: (Race 1, Race 2)
Jonathan Rea: (16,5)
Leon Haslam: (7,6)
Eugene Laverty: (5,2)
Ton Sykes: (DNF, 8)
Leon Camier: (9, DNF)
Chaz Davies (4, 3)