Champion by half a point!


After the slight snore-fest of a MotoGP season, what a cracking finale to a topsy turvey WSB season. So, did anyone actually want to win the title this year?

Heading into the final round at Magny Cours, Max Biaggi on his Aprilia looked a sure-fire certainty to secure his second WSB championship to add to his four 250GP titles. All he had to do was stay out of trouble...

Race on and on a damp track the unthinkable happened, Max hit the deck on lap two, surrendering a stack of points and with home-town hero Sylvain Guintoli taking the win with Marco Melandri second and Tom Sykes third. It was all to play for in the final race of the year.

Fair play, you have to hand it to Sykes. He has been the man of the 2012 WSB season and if it wasn't for a blown engine at the last round what could have been? Knowing it was win or bust, Sykes stormed to the front and through sheer determination kept his Kawasaki there all race, putting the title's fate in Biaggi's hands. The Italian needed to finish fifth or higher and there was a stack of riders who wanted to stop him doing this.

One of the most fascinating races for years unfolded as each time someone overtook you were left calculating what that would mean to for the championship. Unfortunately for Sykes a huge highside by Melandri and Haslam also hitting the dirt, not to mention the terrible top speed of the two Ducati riders, allowed Max to squeeze into fifth with a handful of laps to go, a place he held onto to finish the race. Champion by just 0.5 points from a gutted but magnanimous Sykes - what an awesome season of racing.

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  • urquattro 11 Oct 2012


    I seem to recall Tom Sykes being the junior member or something like that for the kawasaki team - he really puts it all on the line and kawassaki owe him big time for bringing their brand into the frame.
    Hope he gets prime treatment next year, this year was a bit of a melting point and he only really got full race pace late in the seaseon. The bike/tyre combination will now go the full distance it seems. Good luck next year Tom.

  • Johno 10 Oct 2012

    If you consider all of the riders who crashed at Chateaux D'eau, Melandri, Bas and Haslam on the same wet patch, which also nearly took down Laverty, then Sykes would have probably won it. As they essentially kept handing places to Biaggi and making his job slightly easier . . .

    But if's and ands were pots and pans there'd be no need for tinkers . . .

    PS - The marshalling for the Baz/Melandri crash was shocking, to the point the crowd were launching missiles at the nearest marshalls post . . .

  • y2blade 09 Oct 2012

    I Can't believe that c--t won it. frown

  • Johno 09 Oct 2012

    Broccers said:
    Fleegle said:
    I'm with you on this one.

    I still remember the day I rocked up with over 100,000 other people for wsb. You won't be getting that at Donny or the other sthole
    Maybe not for wsb but been to Donington with massive crowds and its great. Hope to see it back there soon.
    The best year I've been to Donington was the first year of the 990's, and that still doesn't compare to Mugello, misano, Assen or even Magny Cours last weekend. Brands was superb, but it's gone and nothing has replaced it unfortunately . . .

    Fleegle and I agree on Silverstone, it is soulless, there isn't even atmosphere at the F1 as I've had the misfortune to attend that a few times as well . . .

  • RX7 09 Oct 2012

    If only this could be recreated in MotoGp.

    Everything they have tried has failed smile

    Good on Biaggi though, i know he is massively talented but that must take some doing at his age. smile

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