WSBK: Red Flagged Race 2 Ends With Narrow Victory

04/12/2010 @ 7:03 am, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

After an early race crash that saw the red flagging of Race 2, the second race at Valencia had to be restarted and decided under aggregate time. With only a few hundreths of a second deciding the race winner, there certainly was plenty of race drama finishing out the Spanish stop in the WSBK tour. With some surprise finishers in this race, you’ll be disappointed if you didn’t see it yourself.

Don’t call it a comeback, Noriyuki Haga has been here all along. The Xerox Ducati rider finally managed to get himself out of the Ducati funk, and dropped a solid first place finish on his Valencian stop. It’s not all roses for Haga though, the factory rider was nearly ousted from the top spot by satellite Ducati rider Carlos Checa. Checa finished just over two tenths behind Haga, and has been very strong thus far in the season. This good fortune however would do little for Haga’s teammate Michel Fabrizio, who had to retire after 10 laps around the Valencian circuit.

Max Biaggi would be perhaps this weekend’s biggest winner, with the Italian rider taken home a pair of podium finishes on his Aprilia. Biaggi was under a second behind Haga’s pace, and his slight bobble on the course could have meant the difference under aggregate time. Leon Haslam would finish a remote 4th place, with nearly 10 seconds separating him from the front of the pack.

World Superbike Highlights from Race 1 at Valencia, Spain:

Results from Race 2 of World Superbike at Valencia, Spain:

141N. HagaDucati 1098R1’35.070
27C. ChecaDucati 1098R1’34.6810.025
33M. BiaggiAprilia RSV4 1000 F.1’34.6320.299
491L. HaslamSuzuki GSX-R10001’35.12210.100
565J. ReaHonda CBR1000RR1’35.33512.811
650S. GuintoliSuzuki GSX-R10001’35.28913.459
752J. ToselandYamaha YZF R11’35.26314.845
867S. ByrneDucati 1098R1’35.28814.861
935C. CrutchlowYamaha YZF R11’35.16815.202
1096J. SmrzDucati 1098R1’35.49818.071
11111R. XausBMW S1000 RR1’36.08325.179
1211T. CorserBMW S1000 RR1’35.28426.116
1357L. LanziDucati 1098R1’35.81730.189
1499L. ScassaDucati 1098R1’36.28230.387
1566T. SykesKawasaki ZX 10R1’36.07735.741
1688A. PittBMW S1000 RR1’36.11543.244
1776M. NeukirchnerHonda CBR1000RR1’36.26443.540
18123R. ReschBMW S1000 RR1’36.39647.145
1995R. HaydenKawasaki ZX 10R1’36.74848.502
2015M. BaioccoKawasaki ZX 10R1’37.00451.838
RET84M. FabrizioDucati 1098R1’35.4168 Laps
RET2L. CamierAprilia RSV4 1000 F.1’34.66811 Laps
RET17S. AndrewsKawasaki ZX 10R1’37.85420 Laps
RET31V. IannuzzoHonda CBR1000RR1’37.21120 Laps