Friday, 31 August 2012
Tom Sykes repaid Kawasaki's new contractr extension with his second win of the season at the new Moscow Circuit. Challenging weather conditions after a morning shower lead to consternation around tyre choice, but the front runners all chose to start on slicks, which turned out to be the right move. Pole man Checa crashed out on lap 3 in an incident with Jonny Rea. Crashes continued as Rea followed Checa for an early trip back to the pits and Giugliano making it 0/2 for Althea Ducati. The race for the podium behind Sykes ended up being between Davies, Haslam and Melandri, culminating with contact between Davies and Haslam, punting Haslam off his bike and Davies off the track. This left Melandri in second and Biaggi in a very unexpected third.