WSBK: Race 1 at Donington Park Decided by Fuel

06/28/2009 @ 5:55 pm, by Jensen Beeler4 COMMENTS


World Superbike came to Donington Park this weekend, and in Race 1 three riders broke away from the pack at blistering speed. With only two riders capable of pushing further, it looked like the race victory would be decided on the very last lap. Coming into the last few corners, a fuel issue upset what could have been a great finish. Continue reading for the spoilers.

Ben Spies, Max Biaggi, and Noriyuki Haga, all broke away early from the group. Spies lead off the line, and set the tone for the rest of the race. With a blistering pace, Haga couldn’t keep in touch with Biaggi and the Texan, and slowly faded into a race of his own.

The race between Spies and Biaggi was closely faught, with Spies being the faster man in the first half of the track, and Biaggi quicker in the second half. Biding his time the whole race, Max finally made his move in the last lap. Closing within striking distance in the last few corners, Biaggi sprung his trap, but almost immediately it was apparent something was wrong.

Shaking the bike back and forth, it was clear the RSV4 had run out of fuel in the back section of the track. Getting some fuel back into the system by sloshing it around, Biaggi got the RSV4 running again, but limped across the finish line, still holding onto his 2nd place position.

With Biaggi’s problems, Spies won the race easily with a 7 second lead, and Haga would finish a few second behind Biaggi, showing how much time the pair had made over the Japanese rider and the rest of the field.

Results from Race 1 of World Superbike at Donington Park, UK:

Pos. Num. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1
2 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 7.156
3 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 10.968
4 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 18.843
5 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 19.125
6 56 S. Nakano JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory 21.286
7 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 23.644
8 121 J. Hopkins USA Honda CBR1000RR 32.849
9 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 32.904
10 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 33.192
11 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 34.535
12 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 35.093
13 22 L. Camier GBR Yamaha YZF R1 35.441
14 57 L. Lanzi ITA Ducati 1098R 39.034
15 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 41.067
16 14 M. Lagrive FRA Honda CBR1000RR 46.452
17 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 47.924
18 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 48.246
19 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 50.932
20 117 S. Andrews GBR Kawasaki ZX 10R 55.032
21 2 J. Hacking USA Kawasaki ZX 10R 55.216
22 53 A. Polita ITA Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’02.758
23 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’02.977
24 94 D. Checa ESP Yamaha YZF R1 1’12.255
25 79 B. Young USA Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’12.531
RET 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 2 Laps
RET 27 J. Ellison GBR Yamaha YZF R1 10 Laps
RET 88 R. Resch AUT Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 10 Laps
RET 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 10 Laps
RET 36 G. Lavilla ESP Ducati 1098R 16 Laps
RET 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR