WSBK: Race 2 at Donington Park Ends with a Nearly Fractured Vertebrae

06/28/2009 @ 6:31 pm, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS


If the close racing of Race 1 wasn’t enough drama for the fans at Donington Park, Race 2 provided it in full. Another breakaway start, and a couple key crashes, lead to a shake up in the finishing results, and one rider was rushed off to the hospital for a suspected fractured vertabrae that might change the course of the season. Continue reading for spoilers.

Ben Spies took an uncontested Double at Donington by winning Race 2 with relative ease. Spies took the lead in the first corner, and never looked back, finishing 6 seconds ahead of second place Leon Haslam.

As the track at Donington warmed up, it was clear some riders had the wrong compound of tire on their race bikes. Max Biaggi crashed first, hanging up any hopes for redemption after running out of fuel in Race 1. A lap later, Noriyuki Haga had a nasty crash where his Ducati tumbled and landed on top of him.

Haga walked away from the crash, visibly in pain. It was suspected he had a fractured vertebrae, but a later CAT scan confirmed he did not, although he did break a series of other bones in his arm and shoulder.

With the podium shake up completed, the race was left for Leon Haslam, Michel Fabrizio, and Shane Byrne to figure out the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place spots in victory lane. Haslam ended up holding off Fabrizio, and Shakey finished 4th.

Spies made 25 points on Haga for his day’s work at Donington, and now only trails the Xerox Ducati by 14 points. The big question now will be whether Haga will be able to ride any of the remaining races of the season, and defend is now narrow lead.

We’ll keep your apprised of the news as we get it.

Results from Race 2 of World Superbike at Donington Park, UK:

119B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R1
291L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR6.622
384M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R6.816
467S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R7.349
566T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R18.145
622L. CamierGBRYamaha YZF R113.463
79R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR15.751
827J. EllisonGBRYamaha YZF R116.837
9111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR22.891
10117S. AndrewsGBRKawasaki ZX 10R30.347
1157L. LanziITADucati 1098R30.622
1214M. LagriveFRAHonda CBR1000RR31.562
1371Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K932.148
1423B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R32.607
1565J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR32.806
1699L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R34.269
1779B. YoungUSASuzuki GSX-R 1000 K940.644
1836G. LavillaESPDucati 1098R40.956
1925D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R41.302
2011T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR42.856
213M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory47.769
RET77V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR8 Laps
RET88R. ReschAUTSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K98 Laps
RET53A. PolitaITASuzuki GSX-R 1000 K917 Laps
RET7C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR18 Laps
RET94D. ChecaESPYamaha YZF R118 Laps
RET41N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R19 Laps
RET96J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R21 Laps
RET56S. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV4 Factory22 Laps
RET2J. HackingUSAKawasaki ZX 10R22 Laps
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  • Beatpusher

    Hey you didn’t mention the first top ten for BMW! Also, I’m pretty sure the aprllia didn’t run out of fuel. Listen to the post race withMax.