Biaggi wins in Aragon as Rea crashes out on last lap

Series leader Max Biaggi claimed the opening race of the World Superbike weekend at Motorland Aragon in Spain.

The Aprilia rider was joined on the podium by BMW’s Marco Melandri and Ducati Althea’s Carlos Checa.

Briton Tom Sykes, who started on pole for the sixth time in eight races this season after smashing the lap record by seven-tenths of a second on his Kawasaki, crashed out from third on the final lap. He was taken out by Ayrton Badovini.

Biaggi was second on the grid; fellow front-row starters Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) and Leon Haslam (BMW) finished fifth and seventh respectively.

Chaz Davies of ParkinGO MTC Aprilia claimed fourth spot after starting in eighth, while Michel Fabrizio of BMW was sixth.

Jonathan Rea - who had struggled in the two QP sessions but managed to take sixth in the Superpole – had a nightmare, putting the factory Honda 16th of the 17 riders that finished.

Ahead of race two Rea (172 points) drops to third in the standings, with Melandri now on 175.5 behind Biaggi (235.5).

Results

1 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.260

2 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'57.784

3 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 20 1'58.243

4 C. DAVIES GBR ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.485

5 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.592

6 M. FABRIZIO ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1'58.534

7 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'57.710

8 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'58.264

9 L. CAMIER GBR FIXI Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'58.660

10 M. BERGER FRA Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 2'00.164

11 N. CANEPA ITA Red Devils Roma Ducati 1098R 1'59.811

12 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'58.073

13 L. ZANETTI ITA PATA Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'59.549

14 H. AOYAMA JPN Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.686

15 J. HOPKINS USA FIXI Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'00.245

16 J. REA GBR Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.033

17 N. BRIGNOLA ITA Grillini Progea Superbike Team BMW S1000 RR 2'03.823

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RET T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'56.552

RET A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1'58.249

RET D. SALOM ESP Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.474

RET L. MERCADO ARG Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.975

RET L. BAZ FRA Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.302

RET J. SMRZ CZE Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati 1098R 1'59.160