WSBK: Race 1 at Brno – The Crash That Could Cost the Championship

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Brno has a variety of meanings to different people. To the Old Czech, the words means muddy, to the Slavs it means to fortify, to men aged 16-55 it means rail thin supermodels, but to motorcycle race fanatics, the city should take on the meaning of unpredictable racing action. You’ll have to continue after the jump to see why Race 1 proves this theory.

Imagine you’re Ben Spies, and you trail in the World Superbike Champion by a handful of points. All that stands in the way of you achieving your victory, is an injured rider who will likely be unable to answer your advances for the next few race venues.

But wait, this is World Superbike, and this is Brno. Ben Spies found out the hard way that anything can happen; such as, Michel Fabrizio barging into you, causing a collective 45 Championship points pile up. Spies is of course no stranger to the adverse racing conditions in WSBK, surviving break downs, fuel mishaps, and even birds to climb his way to within 7 points of Haga. You can imagine that this race will come up later from arm-chair racers if Spies loses the Championship by a margin less than the 17 point spread between 1st and 8th.

Despite still being the Championship leader (for now), Haga was not expecting to pull his lead farther ahead with his 8th place finish, but because of the crash between Fabrizio and Spies, Haga could celebrate Race 1 as if he won it. However the true podium duty went to Max Biaggi on his Aprilia RSV4.

The Emperor had been on fire all week, and it finally paid off for him and the Aprilia team. With Spies and Fabrizio out of the way, Max sailed to a comfortable three second lead over Carlos Checa, who was followed six seconds later by Johnny Rea. Biaggi later complained that his RSV4 was not setup properly, thus holding him back from going faster and/or crashing into Spies himself.

Other honorable mentions go out to Troy Corser and the BMW team for their 5th place finish. Brno has been good to BMW, despite Ruben Xaus’s DNF this Sunday.

Results from Race 1 of World Superbike at Brno, Czech Republic:

Pos. Num. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory
2 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 3.631
3 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 9.948
4 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 12.952
5 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 14.599
6 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 19.359
7 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 19.680
8 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 20.731
9 14 M. Lagrive FRA Honda CBR1000RR 21.923
10 100 M. Tamada JPN Kawasaki ZX 10R 27.807
11 10 F. Nieto ESP Ducati 1098R 35.263
12 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 36.535
13 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 38.586
14 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 40.061
15 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 40.280
16 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 40.641
17 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’10.529
18 94 D. Checa ESP Yamaha YZF R1 1’14.874
19 88 R. Resch AUT Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’42.979
20 51 M. Cihak CZE Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’43.111
RET 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 1 Lap
RET 53 A. Polita ITA Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 6 Laps
RET 121 J. Hopkins USA Honda CBR1000RR 10 Laps
RET 56 S. Nakano JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory 12 Laps
RET 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1 16 Laps
RET 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 16 Laps
RET 57 L. Lanzi ITA Ducati 1098R 18 Laps
RET 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR