WSBK: Race 2 at Nürburgring Continues to Show Championship Plagued by Crashes

09/06/2009 @ 8:53 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on WSBK: Race 2 at Nürburgring Continues to Show Championship Plagued by Crashes


Race 2 continues World Superbike’s tour of Germany and the Nürburgring. With the balance of the Championship standings still tipping precariously after Race 1, Ben Spies and Noriyuki Haga were both looking for a victory that would give them a sure lead in the Championship points.

With another strong start by Noriyuki Haga, while Ben Spies wallowing away in 7th place after the start, it seemed that the Ducati rider would have the day in Race 2. However, Haga would have to contend with Johnny Rea, Troy Corser, and Carlos Checa, who all had a bead on the Japanese rider. As Rea made his way past Checa and Haga on lap 4, Haga felt the pressure from the new adversary, and passed the Ten Kate rider back on lap 5.

However running wide on his exit, this effort meant Haga left the door open to wide to be retaken, and Johnny Rea made his counter strike on Haga. Coming underneath Haga, Rea’s Honda collided with Haga’s Ducati as Haga tightened up his line. With no where to go but down onto the asphalt, Haga effectively handed Spies as many points as the American could muster, and Rea was left alone at the top of the pack.

With Haga no longer a factor, Spies picked off riders one-by-one, climbing all the way back to the front. Rea posed too much of a challenge for the Texan, and Spies was willing to call it a good days work, taking second place in Race 2 and an 18 point lead over Haga in the Championship.

Leon Haslam might have some issue with the finish though, as the Stiggy Honda racer was pushed off his line by Spies and into the gravel. He would finish the race in 5th place, behind Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa, respectively. Troy Corser put his BMW S1000RR behind Haslam, giving the BMW a strong showing at their home track.

With Spies now in the lead of the World Superbike Championship, there seems to be a growing momentum of sentiment that he will win the series outright, having already overcome an 88 point deficit.

Results from Race 2 of World Superbike at Nürburgring, Germany:

165J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR
219B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R10.786
37C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR4.993
43M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory8.191
591L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR10.907
611T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR17.152
79R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR19.473
866T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R119.721
984M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R22.981
1071Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K924.161
1196J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R29.367
1210F. NietoESPDucati 1098R30.007
1323B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R37.281
1499L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R47.883
1577V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR49.549
1615M. BaioccoITADucati 1098R49.635
1725D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R1’19.554
1894D. ChecaESPYamaha YZF R11’22.329
RET47R. CooperGBRBMW S1000 RR4 Laps
RET31K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K97 Laps
RET88R. ReschAUTSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K97 Laps
RET67S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R11 Laps
RET41N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R16 Laps
RET14M. LagriveFRAHonda CBR1000RR19 Laps
NS56S. NakanoJPNAprilia RSV4 Factory

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