WSBK: Race 2 at Kyalami, South Africa

05/18/2009 @ 3:36 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on WSBK: Race 2 at Kyalami, South Africa


With Race 1 full of cliff-hanger moments, South African fans at the Kyalami circuit eagerly awaited the second race of World Superbike south of the Equator. Enough with the Hyperbole, continue reading to see a full race report from Race 2, complete with spoilers.

Race 2 at Kyalami, started similar to how it had in Race 1. Haga led from the start, but was passed by Ben Spies on lap 2. A lap later, Spies had to leave the race with a technical problem, leaving Haga and teammate Michel Fabrizio all alone at the front of the pack. Twice, Fabrizio got close enough to Haga to attempt a pass on the Japanese rider during the final lap. However, in both attempts Fabrizio ran wide post-apex, which let Haga take the lead back. Haga would win the race, with Fabrizio close on his heals. Johnny Rea came home in 3rd, holding off the advances by both Leon Haslam and Max Biaggi.

Noriyuki Haga’s double in South Africa combined with Ben Spies mechanical woes means Haga now has the championship very firmly in his hands. With almost half of the WSBK series behind us, Haga’s 85 point lead over teammate Michel Fabrizio and the 88 point lead over Ben Spies presents a huge hurdle to overcome. Haga is showing that consistency is the key in WSBK racing with his 6 wins out of 12 races, 5 second places, and just a solitary DNF. Compare that to Ben Spies’s results of 5 wins, 1 second, 1 third, 3 DNF’s, and 2 10th or worse finishes.

Result of World Superbike Race 2 at Kyalami, South Africa:

141N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R 
284M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R0.322
365J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR8.936
491L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR10.561
53M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory10.767
67C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR12.413
756S. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV4 Factory12.616
871Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K914.878
966T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R116.225
1096J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R18.197
11132S. MoraisRSAKawasaki ZX 10R20.629
1236G. LavillaESPDucati 1098R24.320
139R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR24.564
1423B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R38.747
1510F. NietoESPSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K950.045
1625D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R57.999
1733T. HillGBRHonda CBR1000RR1’05.973
1817S. MartinAUSBMW S1000 RR1’28.685
1949S. WhyteRSAYamaha YZF R11 Lap
RET99L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R10 Laps
RET67S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R17 Laps
RET19B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R122 Laps
RET111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR22 Laps
RET31K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K923 Laps

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