WSBK: Monza Race 2 Results – Attack of the Pigeons

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Race 2 proved to be a less hectic event without a red flag in sight. With the race being won by a comfortable margin, the World Superbike season is shaping up to be a good close one.

Ben Spies took a comfortable victory in Race 2 of the World Superbike Championship at Monza, despite hitting birds going through the woods. The Texan went into the first corner in 2nd place, behind Noriyuki Haga, who also hit a flock of pigeons exiting the Curva Grande. This held the Ducati rider up, and left him finishing the first lap down in 15th position. Haga would go on to crash out on the third lap at high speed through the Parabolica.

With Haga out of the way, Spies ran away  from the field, his lead getting up to over 5 seconds at one point, before easing off to ensure he didn’t run out of fuel like he did in race 1. Fabrizio spent all race trying to fend off the attentions of Ryuichi Kiyonari to take a 2nd place, the Japanese Ten Kate rider finishing in 3rd. 

Fabrizio and Kiyonari battled it out almost the entire race and Kiyonari passed the Ducati Xerox rider on lap 7 with Jonathan Rea and Max Biaggi closing fast, but an error on lap 10 made Biaggi loose contact with the group leaving the British rider with fourth and the Aprilia rider fifth. Tom Sykes was sixth and Leon Haslam, seventh after starting 17th on the grid. The battle for 8th saw Jakub Smrz with his satellite Ducati get the best of Ruben Xaus, Carlos Checa, and Regis Laconi. Troy Corser after his crash in Race 1 did not start Race 2.

Race Results from Race 2 of the World Superbike Championship at Monza, Italy: 

Pos No Rider Country Bike Diff
1 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1  
2 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 2.665
3 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 2.810
4 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 7.706
5 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 7.863
6 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 10.383
7 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 11.586
8 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 21.112
9 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 22.172
10 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 22.261
11 55 R. Laconi FRA Ducati 1098R 23.453
12 56 S. Nakano JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory 32.956
13 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 37.166
14 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 43.085
15 15 M. Baiocco ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 43.088
16 33 T. Hill GBR Honda CBR1000RR 43.825
17 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 53.211
18 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 1’00.917
19 94 D. Checa ESP Yamaha YZF R1 1’17.915
20 98 J. Zemke USA Honda CBR1000RR 1’28.545
21 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’29.016
RET 88 R. Resch AUT Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1 lap
RET 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 13 laps
RET 31 K. Muggeridge AUS Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 15 laps
RET 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 16 laps
DNS 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR