WSBK: Race 2 at Magny-Cours is Brought to You by the French Word “Merde!”

10/05/2009 @ 8:55 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on WSBK: Race 2 at Magny-Cours is Brought to You by the French Word “Merde!”


You have to appreciate the two race program in World Superbike. Not only does it give fans a chance to see their favorites battle it out twice in one day, but it also gives riders a second chance to make a grab for the podium. With only a handful of points separating Spies and Haga, the points that Race 2 provides will definitely determine the WSBK Championship outcome. Spoilers and results after the jump.

“Merde!” is surely what Ben Spies must have been thinking as he lapped behind Johnny Rea and Max Biaggi in Race 2 at Magny-Cours. Race 2 started with a stellar start by Max Biaggi, but it proved to be short-lived as Noriyuki Haga took over the lead within the first lap. Challenged only briefly by Rea and Biaggi (on separate occasions), Haga proved to be untouchable in the second running of the “cours”.

Spies, relegated to fourth position, nearly ended the day 5th because of a front-tire issue. Unable to hold with the front pack, Spies was nearly caught by Leon Haslam as the American seemed to be riding backwards around the track. Ultimately, the Texan would have to watch the Xerox Ducati walk away with a 10 point Championship lead.

Entering into Portimao in three weeks, Spies will have to double, taking a win in both races, if he wants to ensure a Championship trophy. While having the upper-hand leading into the final venue, a mistake at Portimao by Haga would also mean a Championship disaster. Knowing that both teams will be bringing their A-game to the season’s finale, this will be the race weekend to watch, it also means we have three weeks to debate who should win the WSBK Championship series.

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

141N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R
23M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory1.480
365J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR6.024
419B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R118.135
591L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR21.236
671Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K923.647
767S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R23.701
831K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K924.838
97C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR31.455
1011T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR32.507
1110F. NietoESPDucati 1098R37.594
12111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR44.727
1384M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R49.782
1415M. BaioccoITADucati 1098R50.345
1523B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R56.209
1625D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R58.796
1794D. ChecaESPYamaha YZF R11’00.391
1888R. ReschAUTSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’20.777
19132S. MoraisRSAKawasaki ZX 10R1’24.318
RET22L. CamierGBRAprilia RSV4 Factory8 Laps
RET99L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R9 Laps
RET96J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R10 Laps
RET77V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR11 Laps
RET66T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R120 Laps
NS9R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR

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