WSBK: Race 1 at Nürburgring a Fight for the Championship Rekindled

09/06/2009 @ 8:05 pm, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT


With the long summer break, everyone in World Superbike was waiting to see what would happen to the Championship Standings while at Germany. With two races on each race day, Ben Spies would have two chances to chip away at Noriyuki Haga’s 7 point lead, and finally take control of the series. With Haga still on the mend, the Nürburgring seemed like it would be hostile ground for the Xerox Ducati rider, but any thoughts of Haga being a push-over were quickly dispelled by his lightning Superpole performance.

Race 1 got off to a bit of a hickup, as a a pile up caused both Makoto Tamada and John Hopkins to be taken to the hospital for suspected injuries. With the restart of Race 1, Noriyuki Haga took an early lead, getting a great start from the pole position. Close behind were Ten Kate Honda’s Johnny Rea and BMW’s Troy Corser, followed by Ben Spies.

It took Spies 11 laps to claw his way up to the front, and pass Haga for the lead. The veteran Japanese rider wasn’t going to give the young American any free points though, and the pair battled all the rest of the race for supremacy.

It wasn’t to be Haga’s race though. With two laps left in Race 1, Spies found a little bit extra in himself, and was able to put a gap on Haga, leading him by 4 seconds across the finish line. Following Haga was Carlos Checa, who beat out his fellow Ten Kate teammate, Johnny Rea, to take the final spot on the podium.

With this finish, Haga’s Championship lead was reduced to just 2 points over Spies.

Results from Race 1 of World Superbike at Nürburgring, Germany:

119B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R1
241N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R3.850
37C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR6.990
465J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR7.109
53M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory12.825
691L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR13.243
784M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R14.223
811T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR14.382
966T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R117.206
1067S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R26.547
1114M. LagriveFRAHonda CBR1000RR27.388
1231K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K930.968
1396J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R31.069
149R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR31.188
1571Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K940.165
1699L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R54.897
1725D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R1’01.958
1888R. ReschAUTSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91 Lap
RET56S. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV4 Factory6 Laps
RET10F. NietoESPDucati 1098R9 Laps
RET94D. ChecaESPYamaha YZF R111 Laps
RET77V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR14 Laps
RET47R. CooperGBRBMW S1000 RR15 Laps
RET23B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R18 Laps
RET15M. BaioccoITADucati 1098R18 Laps
NS121J. HopkinsUSAHonda CBR1000RR
NS100M. TamadaJPNKawasaki ZX 10R