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:

119B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R1
23M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory7.156
341N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R10.968
491L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR18.843
567S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R19.125
656S. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV4 Factory21.286
765J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR23.644
8121J. HopkinsUSAHonda CBR1000RR32.849
996J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R32.904
109R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR33.192
117C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR34.535
1284M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R35.093
1322L. CamierGBRYamaha YZF R135.441
1457L. LanziITADucati 1098R39.034
15111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR41.067
1614M. LagriveFRAHonda CBR1000RR46.452
1771Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K947.924
1823B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R48.246
1999L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R50.932
20117S. AndrewsGBRKawasaki ZX 10R55.032
212J. HackingUSAKawasaki ZX 10R55.216
2253A. PolitaITASuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’02.758
2325D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R1’02.977
2494D. ChecaESPYamaha YZF R11’12.255
2579B. YoungUSASuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’12.531
RET11T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR2 Laps
RET27J. EllisonGBRYamaha YZF R110 Laps
RET88R. ReschAUTSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K910 Laps
RET66T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R110 Laps
RET36G. LavillaESPDucati 1098R16 Laps
RET77V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR