WSBK: Assen Race 1 Results

04/26/2009 @ 5:00 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on WSBK: Assen Race 1 Results


In Assen, Holland, it was Ben Spies who took the holeshot in Race 1, launching off the line from pole position and into turn 1 of the Dutch course.  Spies was followed by Max Neukirchner and Noriyuki Haga, neither of whom could touch the American’s lead position after turning just one lap around the course. As Haga closed in on Neukirchner it seemed there would be a good battle for second brewing, but the German made a mistake in the GT chicane and tossed his bike. He would finish 13th for the day. However, Race 1 at Assen wasn’t about to disappoint. Continue reading for a woefully inadequate description of one heck of a Superbike race that was WSBK Race 1 at Assen.


With nothing between himself and Spies, Haga quickly closed the Yamaha down, and sat on the Texan’s tail. The pair wasn’t alone either, Leon Haslam was setting a series of blistering laps and chasing the two leaders down, and soon the race turned into three-way melee between Spies, Haga and Haslam. Haga had been pushing Spies through the Ramshoek and into the final GT chicane for several laps, but Spies kept holding the Japanese rider off. So on lap 13, Haga switched tactics, diving underneath Spies into the Strubben hairpin, and taking the lead. A corner later, Haslam was passed Spies as well and began pulling away from the American.

As the laps started to click off, Spies started to reel Haga and Haslam back in, and with three laps to go, Spies made his move on Haslam. With the two bikes side-by-side through several turns, Spies finally got past the Englishmen and began gaining on Haga. Catching him as they started the final lap, Spies made his final move in the back section of the track. Getting past Haga with only a few turns to go, Spies held off Haga’s final challenge into the GT chicane to take the win. Haga was forced to settle for 2nd, with Haslam finishing third.

Tom Sykes rode his best race to date on the other Factory Yamaha to take 4th place, while Max Biaggi fought his way through the field to finish 5th, after starting from 10th on the grid. If you didn’t see this race, we feel sorry for you.


Results from Race 1 World Superbike at Assen:

1B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R1 
2N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R0.154
3L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR0.779
4T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R18.775
5M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory11.275
6J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R16.126
7J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR19.555
8R. LaconiFRADucati 1098R19.760
9M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R23.006
10T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR24.285
11S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R26.003
12K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K927.814
13M. NeukirchnerGERSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K936.962
14R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR39.025
15R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR41.505
16B. RobertsAUSDucati 1098R41.810
17M. TamadaJPNKawasaki ZX 10R50.186
18S. EastonGBRKawasaki ZX 10R55.567
19D. ChecaESPYamaha YZF R156.425
20D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R1’05.169
21R. ReschAUTSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’37.663
RETL. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R4 Laps
RETS. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV4 Factory9 Laps
RETV. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR9 Laps
RETM. BaioccoITAKawasaki ZX 10R10 Laps
RETC. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR18 Laps
RETY. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K921 Laps
RETT. HillGBRHonda CBR1000RR22 Laps

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