WSBK: Landslide During Race 1 at Valencia

04/12/2010 @ 6:16 am, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on WSBK: Landslide During Race 1 at Valencia

World Superbike headed to Valencia, Spain this weekend for the third round of the WSBK season. With a strong Superpole by Cal Crutchlow, all eyes were on the Sterilgarda Yamaha to see if a surprise victory would occur. With the Championship heating up as riders are vetted into place, Valenica would prove to be a battlefield this weekend with more than one rider firing a warning shot across the proverbial bows of their competitors, signaling their intention to compete.

Taking his second win of the season, it was the Alstare Suzuki of Leon Haslam that would grace the first podium at Valencia. Haslam rode a great pace in Race 1, pulling almost a two second lead over second place finisher Max Biaggi. Biaggi had a strong Superpole result, but after five laps of the first race, the Italian rider was forced to watch the Brit take the lead and pull away from his Aprilia RSV4.

Finishing on the third step of the podium was James Toseland, who found himself over a second and a half behind Biaggi. This result, though a disappointment, was a validation of Toseland’s abilities as the Brit hasn’t been dominating the field like a former WSBK Champion and MotoGP rider is expected to do.

Notably runnings included the 4th place finish of the Troy Corser and his BMW S1000RR, which was closely followed by Noriyuki Haga. Haga has been a venerable no-show this season to-date, as the entire factory Ducati team seems to be off its mark from last year. We’re not sure what that could be due to.

World Superbike Highlights from Race 1 at Valencia, Spain:

Results from Race 1 of World Superbike at Valencia, Spain:

191L. HaslamSuzuki GSX-R10001’34.787
23M. BiaggiAprilia RSV4 1000 F1’35.0251.757
352J. ToselandYamaha YZF R11’35.0073.621
411T. CorserBMW S1000 RR1’35.1004.209
541N. HagaDucati 1098R1’35.3294.378
665J. ReaHonda CBR1000RR1’35.2189.834
735C. CrutchlowYamaha YZF R11’35.24310.466
857L. LanziDucati 1098R1’35.38816.080
950S. GuintoliSuzuki GSX-R10001’35.01718.382
1096J. SmrzDucati 1098R1’35.84118.589
1166T. SykesKawasaki ZX 10R1’36.10022.903
12111R. XausBMW S1000 RR1’36.06325.203
1376M. NeukirchnerHonda CBR1000RR1’35.91025.676
1499L. ScassaDucati 1098R1’36.20226.606
1588A. PittBMW S1000 RR1’36.24143.797
1695R. HaydenKawasaki ZX 10R1’36.78248.094
1715M. BaioccoKawasaki ZX 10R1’36.76848.190
1817S. AndrewsKawasaki ZX 10R1’36.36052.863
RET31V. IannuzzoHonda CBR1000RR1’36.91911 Laps
RET2L. CamierAprilia RSV4 1000 F1’35.10416 Laps
RET84M. FabrizioDucati 1098R1’34.88018 Laps
RET67S. ByrneDucati 1098R1’34.98718 Laps
RET7C. ChecaDucati 1098R1’34.75021 Laps
RET123R. ReschBMW S1000 RR1’37.09821 Laps

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