WSBK: Race 1 at Magny-Cours Shows a Points Teeter-Totter for the Championship

10/05/2009 @ 8:26 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on WSBK: Race 1 at Magny-Cours Shows a Points Teeter-Totter for the Championship


Eclipsing the excitement in MotoGP this week, World Superbike has heated up to be a great series to watch in these final two outings. Recently signed to Tech3 Yamaha, Ben Spies looked for W in Race 1 to try and take back the Championship lead from Noriyuki Haga.

Always a bridesmaid, and never a bride, Haga entered Race 1 also looking for a win, to help further his points lead in what could be his first WSBK Championship trophy. Johnny Rea on the other hand, entered Race 1 to try and crash into one of the top riders, and spoil the whole series for everyone else. Continue after the jump to find who was successful in their endeavors.

Race 1 proved to be Ben Spies’ outing, as the American lead for almost the entire race. With Haga stuck behind Rea and Biaggi, the Japanese rider was unable to challenge the Texan for the front spot until later in the race. After Rea retired with mechanical problems, Haga had to contend with the worthy adversary that is Max Biaggi. The Aprilia RSV4 has shown itself to be a top bike in its first year out racing, and the Emperor proved he could still contend with the top riders of the world.

It would take Haga 10 laps before he could pass the Italian rider, but once he was past Biaggi, Haga closed in on Spies. Catching Spies with only half a lap remaining in the race, Haga would see Spies return the favor post-haste, and squeak a win with just two tenths of second to spare.

The win gave Spies a provisional first place in the Championship points, but still had Race 2 in his way before he could call it a day’s worth of work.

Results from Race 1 of World Superbike at Magny-Cours, France:

119B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R1
241N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R0.181
33M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory5.009
484M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R16.347
591L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR22.622
67C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR24.948
771Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K927.144
867S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R27.578
911T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR28.486
1096J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R28.716
11111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR52.680
1215M. BaioccoITADucati 1098R1’01.372
1399L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R1’05.123
1425D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R1’05.483
1594D. ChecaESPYamaha YZF R11’05.672
1688R. ReschAUTSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’29.284
1740F. GentileITAHonda CBR1000RR1 Lap
RET22L. CamierGBRAprilia RSV4 Factory3 Laps
RET132S. MoraisRSAKawasaki ZX 10R10 Laps
RET10F. NietoESPDucati 1098R11 Laps
RET23B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R13 Laps
RET65J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR15 Laps
RET77V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR18 Laps
RET9R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR20 Laps
RET31K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K920 Laps
RET66T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R122 Laps

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