WSBK: Race 1 at Brno – The Crash That Could Cost the Championship

07/26/2009 @ 7:32 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on WSBK: Race 1 at Brno – The Crash That Could Cost the Championship


Brno has a variety of meanings to different people. To the Old Czech, the words means muddy, to the Slavs it means to fortify, to men aged 16-55 it means rail thin supermodels, but to motorcycle race fanatics, the city should take on the meaning of unpredictable racing action. You’ll have to continue after the jump to see why Race 1 proves this theory.

Imagine you’re Ben Spies, and you trail in the World Superbike Champion by a handful of points. All that stands in the way of you achieving your victory, is an injured rider who will likely be unable to answer your advances for the next few race venues.

But wait, this is World Superbike, and this is Brno. Ben Spies found out the hard way that anything can happen; such as, Michel Fabrizio barging into you, causing a collective 45 Championship points pile up. Spies is of course no stranger to the adverse racing conditions in WSBK, surviving break downs, fuel mishaps, and even birds to climb his way to within 7 points of Haga. You can imagine that this race will come up later from arm-chair racers if Spies loses the Championship by a margin less than the 17 point spread between 1st and 8th.

Despite still being the Championship leader (for now), Haga was not expecting to pull his lead farther ahead with his 8th place finish, but because of the crash between Fabrizio and Spies, Haga could celebrate Race 1 as if he won it. However the true podium duty went to Max Biaggi on his Aprilia RSV4.

The Emperor had been on fire all week, and it finally paid off for him and the Aprilia team. With Spies and Fabrizio out of the way, Max sailed to a comfortable three second lead over Carlos Checa, who was followed six seconds later by Johnny Rea. Biaggi later complained that his RSV4 was not setup properly, thus holding him back from going faster and/or crashing into Spies himself.

Other honorable mentions go out to Troy Corser and the BMW team for their 5th place finish. Brno has been good to BMW, despite Ruben Xaus’s DNF this Sunday.

Results from Race 1 of World Superbike at Brno, Czech Republic:

13M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory
27C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR3.631
365J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR9.948
467S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R12.952
511T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR14.599
696J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R19.359
791L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR19.680
841N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R20.731
914M. LagriveFRAHonda CBR1000RR21.923
10100M. TamadaJPNKawasaki ZX 10R27.807
1110F. NietoESPDucati 1098R35.263
1223B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R36.535
139R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR38.586
1471Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K940.061
1577V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR40.280
1699L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R40.641
1725D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R1’10.529
1894D. ChecaESPYamaha YZF R11’14.874
1988R. ReschAUTSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’42.979
2051M. CihakCZESuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’43.111
RET66T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R11 Lap
RET53A. PolitaITASuzuki GSX-R 1000 K96 Laps
RET121J. HopkinsUSAHonda CBR1000RR10 Laps
RET56S. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV4 Factory12 Laps
RET19B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R116 Laps
RET84M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R16 Laps
RET57L. LanziITADucati 1098R18 Laps
RET111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR

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