World Superbike Phillip Island Race 2 Results

03/03/2009 @ 4:58 am, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on World Superbike Phillip Island Race 2 Results

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There’s a lot of talk this year about how WSBK will be more entertaining than MotoGP, and while we here at A&R do love us some MotoGP, one thing that WSBK will always have that’s better is TWO races on Sunday. Just like Race 1, Race 2 was action packed, and saw some familiar names taking shots at each other on the tarmac. Click ahead for spoilers and a full breakdown of Race 2 at Phillip Island.

 

Ben Spies wasn’t about to let down the spectators in Australia twice in-a-row. Getting a crap start, Spies was edged out by a Max Biaggi into turn one. However, anyone expecting Spies to go easy, weight, and setup his opponent before attacking, we were looking at the wrong guy. Nobody goes around the outside at turn 2, especially not around a rider like Max Biaggi – nobody that is until Ben Spies. The rookie went the long way around the Roman Emperor, and made it stick, taking the lead. Max would also see Noriyuki Haga pass him as well in lap 2, as the Japanese rider dispatched no less than 10 other riders to get behind Biaggi before finally passing him.

With Biaggi losing ground in third place, Haga and spies spent the next 10 laps making moves and passes that dazzled the crowd, and with just three laps to go Spies grabbed the lead back from the then leading Haga, and then pulled away to clinch his first WSBK race win.

The battle for third proved to be exciting as well, with Max Biaggi, Regis Laconi, Leon Haslam and Michel Fabrizio all within a second of each other going into the last lap. The position of third place changed hands like a juggler’s balls until the pack came screaming into the penultimate turn. Max Biaggi found himself with nowhere to go after a bold pass backfired and had to make a turf excursion, much to the delight of the Aussie spectators. Biaggi would finish the race in 15th place.

Leon Haslam reaped the benefits of the carnage to take third place and his first World Superbike podium in what is also his debut weekend.

The Alstare Suzukis of Neukirchner and Kagayama that took second and third in race one were well off the pace in the second race, finishing 6th and 8th. Also suffering in race 2 were BMW’s Troy Corser in 22nd, and Sterilgarda Ducati’s Shakey Byrne, who slid off his 1098R at low speed in the turn 4 hairpin and was unable to rejoin.

 

Race 2 Results from the 2009 Phillip Island World Superbikes Round:

Pos.No.RiderCountryBikeTime/diff
119B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R134’20.457
241N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R1.286
391L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR4.213
455R. LaconiFRADucati 1098 RS 094.490
584M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R6.045
676M. NeukirchnerGERSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K99.947
796J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R10.174
871Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K912.100
965J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR12.742
1066T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R120.061
11111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR24.854
1256S. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV425.192
137C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR27.162
1433T. HillGBRHonda CBR1000RR29.737
153M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV430.036
1644R. RolfoITAHonda CBR1000RR38.458
17100M. TamadaJPNKawasaki ZX 10R44.453
1823B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R45.486
1924B. RobertsAUSDucati 1098R46.198
2099L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R57.921
2131K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K957.989
2211T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR1’00.093
239R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR1’07.820
2415M. BaioccoITAKawasaki ZX 10R1’21.224
2525D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R1’21.276
RET67S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R 
RET77V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR

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