WSBK: Race 2 at Imola Strictly an Italian Affair

09/27/2009 @ 6:13 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on WSBK: Race 2 at Imola Strictly an Italian Affair


Race 2 promised to have more close racing, as many riders in Race 1 proved they could race near the top (not to mention, many riders in WSBK have contracts up for renewal). With Imola being the home track for the Ducati loyal, a lot of fans we’re waiting to see the red bikes up front.

Many Xerox Ducati fans were also keen to see if Haga could retake the lead in the World Superbike Championship standings with a strong showing at Imola. They would not be disappointed, a full race report after the jump.

For Race 2, we saw the true introduction of Marco Simoncelli, who raced a strong ride in Race 1, but ultimately crashed while in 5th place. Simoncelli clearly overcame his demons, finishing on the bottom step of the podium, and ahead of his teammate Max Biaggi, who finished the day 4th.

Ahead of the Aprilia’s were of course the Ducati’s. Wanting to win on his company’s home track, and in front of his fellow Italians, Michel Fabrizio finally got the “W” he was looking for this weekend.

While Haga lead most of the race, showing the same prowess from Race 1, it wasn’t until lap 13 that Fabrizio could get past his Japanese teammate. But once it was done, Fabrizio never looked back taking a comfortable lead. He would finish over 3.5 seconds ahead of Haga.

Entering into the mix at the front, Shane Byrne’s showed a promising ride. He was interrupted though as Marco Simoncelli made a very risky pass on Max Biaggi, which caused both Spies and Biaggi to avoid the young Italian. Spies would have to take an off-road excursion to avoid the crash, costing him a spot. Spies would lose a place to Bryne because of the move, as Simoncelli found himself later in the top-three riders group…but that’s racing.

Because of this finish, Haga is now 3 points ahead of Ben Spies in the World Superbike Standings.

Results from Race 2 of World Superbike at Imola, Italy:

184M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R
241N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R3.592
358M. SimoncelliITAAprilia RSV4 Factory6.510
43M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory7.445
519B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R114.678
665J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR16.396
767S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R17.110
891L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR22.502
996J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R25.268
107C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR30.203
1157L. LanziITADucati 1098R32.589
1266T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R136.243
13111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR36.368
1431K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K938.809
1523B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R42.435
1615M. BaioccoITADucati 1098R49.349
179R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR1’01.823
1899L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R1’06.854
RET14M. LagriveFRAHonda CBR1000RR5 Laps
RET94D. ChecaESPYamaha YZF R17 Laps
RET71Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K99 Laps
RET10F. NietoESPDucati 1098R10 Laps
RET77V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR12 Laps
RET11T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR17 Laps
RET25D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R18 Laps
NS100M. TamadaJPNKawasaki ZX 10R

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