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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  • cadoganpier 09 Oct 2012

    It's a shame Tom Sykes is often over looked. His performance on the ZX10 has been incredible. He has massively over performed and on pure pace is as quick as any Brit rider including Crutchlow. I would love to see him get a chance on a MotoGP bike as I think his style would suit the new 1000cc bikes well.

  • moanthebairns 09 Oct 2012

    thanks for that, I had recorded and was going to watch it during the week.

    its ruined now.

  • Fleegle 09 Oct 2012

    moanthebairns said:
    thanks for that, I had recorded and was going to watch it during the week.

    its ruined now.
    rofl

    Your luck strikes again

  • Biker's Nemesis 09 Oct 2012

    Fleegle said:
    moanthebairns said:
    thanks for that, I had recorded and was going to watch it during the week.

    its ruined now.
    rofl

    Your luck strikes again
    I hope his Mam and Dad didn't record it for him.

  • moanthebairns 09 Oct 2012

    why the sudden interest in moto gp and wsbks. the reviews are normally up monday morning.

    I never really see anything about the F1.

    I cant be the only one who tapes loads of motorsport at the weekend then works his way through it during the week?

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