WSBK: Geriatrics Battle for Race 1 at Misano

06/27/2010 @ 7:49 am, by Jensen Beeler4 COMMENTS

Max Biaggi turned a year older yesterday, making the Italian rider 39 years-old, but he isn’t the only rider on the World Superbike grid that’s whose a bit weathered with age. Battling for Race 1 at Misano this weekend, the old duffs came out of the woodwork, and showed that you can teach an old dog new tricks after all. Get out your walked, and check out all the race spoilers after the jump.

Contending with the Aprilia of Biaggi, Troy Corser and Carlos Checa showed up in good form for the over 30 crowd. With Corser sitting on the pole, all eyes were on the Australian to see if he could bring the first race win to the German team. Taking a strong early lead, Corser seemed set to achieve just that goal, but with Biaggi, Checa, Fabrizio, and Guintoli in tow, it certainly wouldn’t be easy. The five-man pack broke away from the field as Haga, Haslam, and Camier battled for sixth.

As the race wore on, Fabrizio and Guintoli found themselves squaring off with each other for fourth, leaving Corser to lead Biaggi and Checa on their own battle for first. The BMW S1000RR looked in top form, but later in the race Corser’s tires began to fade, and Biaggi found a way past.

As Corser pushed to recapture first, Checa followed through taking second place soon after. The Ducati and BMW Superbikes were no match for the power that the RSV4 was able to put down on Misano’s straights, and The Emperor was too skilled to let the riders catch him under braking and in the turns.

As such, Biaggi took a close victory in Race 1 at Misano, San Marino. Happy Birthday Max. Race 2 looks to have some great action as we wait and see if BMW can capture its first top-step podium finish.

Results from Race 1 of World Superbike at Misano, San Marino:

13M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory
27C. ChecaESPDucati 1098R0.387
311T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR0.822
484M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R4.911
550S. GuintoliFRASuzuki GSX-R10005.916
62L. CamierGBRAprilia RSV4 Factory8.658
741N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R11.872
891L. HaslamGBRSuzuki GSX-R100011.907
967S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R16.490
1052J. ToselandGBRYamaha YZF R118.458
1199L. ScassaITADucati 1098R18.646
1257L. LanziITADucati 1098R19.315
1365J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR25.405
1476M. NeukirchnerGERHonda CBR1000RR31.671
1566T. SykesGBRKawasaki ZX 10R39.658
1677C. VermeulenAUSKawasaki ZX 10R48.137
1795R. HaydenUSAKawasaki ZX 10R56.316
1890F. SandiITAAprilia RSV4 1000 F.56.667
1915M. BaioccoITAKawasaki ZX 10R57.218
RET111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR16 Laps
RET35C. CrutchlowGBRYamaha YZF R120 Laps
RET96J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R23 Laps
EX23B. ParkesAUSHonda CBR1000RR
  • Peter

    “…BMW Superbikes were no match for the power that the RSV4 was able to put down on Misano‚Äôs straights”

    I don’t understand. Is the RSV4 just better prepped? I thought the BMW for sure would be faster on the straights?

  • The RSV4 has shown itself to have a ton of top-end speed. Check this article out:

  • Peter

    Oh right. I remember now. Thanks.

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