WSBK: Battle for Second Leaves Runaway Finish During Race 2 at Misano

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Hot World Superbike racing continued under the Italian summer sun as Race 2 was underway at Misano on Sunday. The home track for Aprilia looked for Max Biaggi to try for another weekend double, but BMW and Troy Corser set themselves as the team to beat all weekend long. With Corser on the pole, The Emperor had his work cut out for himself, not to mention the fact that the majority of the top WSBK teams had tested at Misano, and brought their A-game this weekend. Check after the jump for all the spoilers, results, and video highlights.

Rocketing to the front of the first turn, Max Biaggi looked ready to set the tone for Race 2 at Misano, but Troy Corser answered mid-way through the chicane, taking the lead from the Italian. Carlos Checa would find his way through as well, as the pack settled in to their race pace. Corser wouldn’t be able to breakaway like he did in Race 1 though, as along with Checa and Biaggi, Michel Fabrizio, Leon Haslam, and Cal Crutchlow joined in on a six-way battle royal for the front.

Biaggi and Fabrizio would get past Checa in quick time, and once Biaggi saw open track in front of him, he lost contact with the trailing group. Battling for second place, the five riders fell off the pace, and let Biaggi walk away from them. With close passes throughout the race, there was a little something for any fans loyal to a particular vendor.

The most notable mention goes to Troy Corser, who rode another strong race on the BMW S1000RR…only to flub it in the closing turns. Running off the course, Corser ruined his chances for a top five finish, and instead slotted in at a disappointing tenth place.

Leon Haslam also had a strong race, and mitigated some of the damages from this weekend by finishing second, just ahead of Michel Fabrizio. However, Max Biaggi still took a weekend double, stretching his lead in the World Superbike Championship over Haslam to 37 points. WSBK races from Brno in two weeks, where Biaggi is a dominating force. Could another double be in the cards? Stay tuned race fans.

Results from Race 2 of World Superbike at Misano, San Marino:

Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory
2 91 L. Haslam GBR Suzuki GSX-R1000 4.095
3 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 4.631
4 35 C. Crutchlow GBR Yamaha YZF R1 5.014
5 7 C. Checa ESP Ducati 1098R 6.256
6 50 S. Guintoli FRA Suzuki GSX-R1000 7.677
7 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 10.144
8 99 L. Scassa ITA Ducati 1098R 10.942
9 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 13.640
10 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 16.279
11 2 L. Camier GBR Aprilia RSV4 Factory 17.799
12 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 22.793
13 57 L. Lanzi ITA Ducati 1098R 24.131
14 76 M. Neukirchner GER Honda CBR1000RR 28.212
15 77 C. Vermeulen AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 36.551
16 66 T. Sykes GBR Kawasaki ZX 10R 49.636
17 23 B. Parkes AUS Honda CBR1000RR 50.041
18 95 R. Hayden USA Kawasaki ZX 10R 51.246
19 15 M. Baiocco ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 58.174
20 90 F. Sandi ITA Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1’10.588
RET 52 J. Toseland GBR Yamaha YZF R1 14 Laps
RET 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 17 Laps
RET 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 22 Laps