WSBK: Valencia Race 2 Results

04/06/2009 @ 2:39 am, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on WSBK: Valencia Race 2 Results


After his poor start in the first race, further pressure was put on Spies who now stood 35 points behind Noriyuki Haga because of his crash out in Race 2. Surely Haga felt the pressure too, knowing that the American wouldn’t make the same mistakes a second time. With the Championship already playing out in the third stop of the WSBK tour, Race 2 already had more than just a purpose. Continue reading for spoilers from Race 2 of the Valencia World Superbike Races, and to see how Race 2 sorted itself out.


Trying to get a better start than before, Spies still had difficulty launching the Yamaha from the front of the pack. Instead, it was Regis Laconi again who held the lead going into Turn 1 of the Spanish circuit. Running wide on the exit however, Laconi allowed Max Neukirchner and Michel Fabrizio to get by and take the first and second place positions.

To make matters worse, Laconi also had Noriyuki Haga all over his tail section. Haga would later pass the Frenchman by the end of lap one. Seeing Haga pass Laconi, Spies followed suit, diving underneath the DFX Corse Ducati into Turn 6 to take fourth place. Haga made his way through the competition, passing teammate Michel Fabrizio, with Spies following doing the same. As the front runners entered the long left handed Turn 13, Haga was pushing Neukirchner hard for the lead, finally passed him going into Turn 1. Spies coming along a lap later.

Despite his efforts, the American could not touch the show that Haga was putting on for the Spanish crowd. Noriyuki Haga increased his lead lap by lap, to take his second win of the day, and third win of the Championship, by over 5 seconds. This included time lost in a big standup wheelie across the line to cap the day off. 

Spies was lucky the race was not longer. After giving up on chasing Haga, the Texan spent the last few laps nervously watching Michel Fabrizio and Regis Laconi approach. Conversely, if the race had been three laps shorter, John Hopkins would have taken a very respectable eighth place finish. But Hopper had used up his tires in the early running, and was forced to allow first Max Biaggi, then Ryuichi Kiyonari, Tom Sykes, and finally even Shakey Byrne past, finishing the race in twelfth.

Results from Race 2 of the World Superbike Stop at Valencia:

PosNo.RiderCountryBikeFastest LapDiffLaps
141N. HagaJPNDucati 1098R1’34.618 23
219B. SpiesUSAYamaha YZF R11’35.0045.10523
384M. FabrizioITADucati 1098R1’35.3016.38623
455R. LaconiFRADucati 1098R1’35.0856.57323
591L. HaslamGBRHonda CBR1000RR1’35.62414.07523
67C. ChecaESPHonda CBR1000RR1’35.33717.33323
776M. NeukirchnerGERSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’35.33619.20723
83M. BiaggiITAAprilia RSV4 Factory1’35.67420.69723
99R. KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RR1’35.51921.01523
1066T. SykesGBRYamaha YZF R11’35.92822.58123
1167S. ByrneGBRDucati 1098R1’35.93822.60423
12121J. HopkinsUSAHonda CBR1000RR1’35.88923.95223
1365J. ReaGBRHonda CBR1000RR1’36.09829.08223
1496J. SmrzCZEDucati 1098R1’35.96329.27723
1511T. CorserAUSBMW S1000 RR1’36.03032.38423
16111R. XausESPBMW S1000 RR1’36.38135.12523
1723B. ParkesAUSKawasaki ZX 10R1’36.24438.34423
1824B. RobertsAUSDucati 1098R1’36.98639.16123
1931K. MuggeridgeAUSSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’36.50739.37423
2094D. ChecaESPYamaha YZF R11’36.78849.90423
2125D. SalomESPKawasaki ZX 10R1’36.97552.63123
2233T. HillGBRHonda CBR1000RR1’37.02152.96623
2377V. IannuzzoITAHonda CBR1000RR1’37.01653.19623
2499L. ScassaITAKawasaki ZX 10R1’37.10753.49123
2588R. ReschAUTSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’37.2971’19.94623
RET71Y. KagayamaJPNSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’35.4612 Laps21
RET15M. BaioccoITAKawasaki ZX 10R1’37.2643 Laps20
RET100M. TamadaJPNKawasaki ZX 10R1’36.67412 Laps11
RET86A. BadoviniITAKawasaki ZX 10R1’37.07016 Laps7

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