WSBK: Something to Prove in Race 2 at Brno

07/26/2009 @ 8:07 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on WSBK: Something to Prove in Race 2 at Brno


Continuing on our Eastern European tour, Race 2 had a number of riders with something to prove on two wheels. With teams on a more level playing field after the recent test at the Brno venue, Race 2 proved to be an opportunity for the diamonds in the rough to shine, and for old rivals to get some payback.

With no one trying to crash into him, Ben Spies made up some of the ground he lost on Haga in Race 1, during Race 2. The victory didn’t come easy though. Max Biaggi clearly had things the way he wanted on his RSV4, and proceeded to give the young American a hot pursuit through-out the race. Confident and consitent on the bike, Max reminded us of the old GP days, when he wasn’t worried about being in the shadow of Valentino Rossi.

Biaggi would finish under half a second behind Spies at the finish line, with Michel Fabrizio giving chase just a few tenths of a second off Biaggi’s time. The Spies/Biaggi/Fabrizio trio broke away from the pack, with Johnny Rea and Carlos Checa trailing 8 seconds back, with the rest of the field nearly 13 seconds behind them at the finish.

Leading that third wave was Noriyuki Haga lapping in the 6th position. Haga’s finish allows him to stay ahead of Spies in the Championship standings, but only by a 7 point margin. Any points are good points for the Japanese rider, as any mortal man would have likely given up motorcycle racing after nearly breaking their back.

Haga has two weeks to rest and heal up as WSBK heads to Germany and the Nurburgring on the second weekend of August.

Results from Race 2 of World Superbike at Brno, Czech Republic:

119B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R1
23M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory0.213
384M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R0.657
465J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR8.311
57C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR8.915
641N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R21.175
766T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R121.384
867S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R21.599
996J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R21.726
1011T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR25.180
1156S. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV4 Factory25.612
1291L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR25.622
139R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR26.246
1414M. LagriveFRAHonda CBR1000RR31.098
1557L. LanziITADucati 1098R32.706
1623B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R33.173
1710F. NietoESPDucati 1098R34.953
1877V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR57.751
1994D. ChecaESPYamaha YZF R11’00.273
2088R. ReschAUTSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’29.794
RET53A. PolitaITASuzuki GSX-R 1000 K98 Laps
RET99L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R13 Laps
RET51M. CihakCZESuzuki GSX-R 1000 K913 Laps
RET121J. HopkinsUSAHonda CBR1000RR14 Laps
RET71Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K914 Laps
RET25D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R15 Laps
RET100M. TamadaJPNKawasaki ZX 10R17 Laps
NS111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR

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