Superbikes 2012 Official Test: on the hunt for Carlos Checa
Superbikes 2012 Official Test: on the hunt for Carlos Checa

Now, the timed tests for the championship have begun with all, or almost all, the pilots on the 2012 grid. But the truth is that the classification has not changed much with respect to the previous private tests where Carlos Checa dominated forcefully. Again El Toro has been the only one able to roll in 1'31 although Max biaggi it has been very close to the time of the Ducati 1098R.

The guys from Honda have also returned although yes, without Castrol as the main sponsor. This means, for now, that the decoration of the Honda CBR1000RR has been carried out by the team, who have dedicated the design to the 20th anniversary of the Japanese superbike. Jonathan Rea returns under his jurisdiction after showing in the last rounds of last season that what they had been missing for a good part of it was the ride by wire. Physically recovered and with a more or less competitive mount, the Briton reached fourth place in the standings.

Too the official BMW team has reappeared at the top with Marco Melandri in the lead, third today, and Leon haslam in fifth place. Unfortunately, Ron's son suffered a fall that has cost him a fibula fracture that rules him out of the race next weekend. He adds post to the broken bones of Eugene Laverty, John Hopkins and the injury of David Salom, who however is running. Therefore it will be necessary to find substitutes in time for the official Aprilia and BMW.

With the incursion of all the pilots the difference between the times is less and less. This has caught Kawasaki riders Tom Sykes and Joan Lascorz. Although the first one has continued rolling in his rhythm the Catalan has not been able to enter the club of 1'32With three Ducatis ahead, they have made the most of the characteristics of a circuit that favors their mechanics.

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