WSBK: Race 2 at Kyalami, South Africa

05/18/2009 @ 3:36 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on WSBK: Race 2 at Kyalami, South Africa


With Race 1 full of cliff-hanger moments, South African fans at the Kyalami circuit eagerly awaited the second race of World Superbike south of the Equator. Enough with the Hyperbole, continue reading to see a full race report from Race 2, complete with spoilers.

Race 2 at Kyalami, started similar to how it had in Race 1. Haga led from the start, but was passed by Ben Spies on lap 2. A lap later, Spies had to leave the race with a technical problem, leaving Haga and teammate Michel Fabrizio all alone at the front of the pack. Twice, Fabrizio got close enough to Haga to attempt a pass on the Japanese rider during the final lap. However, in both attempts Fabrizio ran wide post-apex, which let Haga take the lead back. Haga would win the race, with Fabrizio close on his heals. Johnny Rea came home in 3rd, holding off the advances by both Leon Haslam and Max Biaggi.

Noriyuki Haga’s double in South Africa combined with Ben Spies mechanical woes means Haga now has the championship very firmly in his hands. With almost half of the WSBK series behind us, Haga’s 85 point lead over teammate Michel Fabrizio and the 88 point lead over Ben Spies presents a huge hurdle to overcome. Haga is showing that consistency is the key in WSBK racing with his 6 wins out of 12 races, 5 second places, and just a solitary DNF. Compare that to Ben Spies’s results of 5 wins, 1 second, 1 third, 3 DNF’s, and 2 10th or worse finishes.

Result of World Superbike Race 2 at Kyalami, South Africa:

Pos No Rider Country Bike Diff
1 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R  
2 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 0.322
3 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 8.936
4 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 10.561
5 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 10.767
6 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 12.413
7 56 S. Nakano JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory 12.616
8 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 14.878
9 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 16.225
10 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 18.197
11 132 S. Morais RSA Kawasaki ZX 10R 20.629
12 36 G. Lavilla ESP Ducati 1098R 24.320
13 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 24.564
14 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 38.747
15 10 F. Nieto ESP Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 50.045
16 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 57.999
17 33 T. Hill GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1’05.973
18 17 S. Martin AUS BMW S1000 RR 1’28.685
19 49 S. Whyte RSA Yamaha YZF R1 1 Lap
RET 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 10 Laps
RET 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 17 Laps
RET 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1 22 Laps
RET 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 22 Laps
RET 31 K. Muggeridge AUS Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 23 Laps

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