WSBK: Something to Prove in Race 2 at Brno

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Continuing on our Eastern European tour, Race 2 had a number of riders with something to prove on two wheels. With teams on a more level playing field after the recent test at the Brno venue, Race 2 proved to be an opportunity for the diamonds in the rough to shine, and for old rivals to get some payback.

With no one trying to crash into him, Ben Spies made up some of the ground he lost on Haga in Race 1, during Race 2. The victory didn’t come easy though. Max Biaggi clearly had things the way he wanted on his RSV4, and proceeded to give the young American a hot pursuit through-out the race. Confident and consitent on the bike, Max reminded us of the old GP days, when he wasn’t worried about being in the shadow of Valentino Rossi.

Biaggi would finish under half a second behind Spies at the finish line, with Michel Fabrizio giving chase just a few tenths of a second off Biaggi’s time. The Spies/Biaggi/Fabrizio trio broke away from the pack, with Johnny Rea and Carlos Checa trailing 8 seconds back, with the rest of the field nearly 13 seconds behind them at the finish.

Leading that third wave was Noriyuki Haga lapping in the 6th position. Haga’s finish allows him to stay ahead of Spies in the Championship standings, but only by a 7 point margin. Any points are good points for the Japanese rider, as any mortal man would have likely given up motorcycle racing after nearly breaking their back.

Haga has two weeks to rest and heal up as WSBK heads to Germany and the Nurburgring on the second weekend of August.

Results from Race 2 of World Superbike at Brno, Czech Republic:

Pos. Num. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1
2 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 0.213
3 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 0.657
4 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 8.311
5 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 8.915
6 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 21.175
7 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 21.384
8 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 21.599
9 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 21.726
10 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 25.180
11 56 S. Nakano JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory 25.612
12 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 25.622
13 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 26.246
14 14 M. Lagrive FRA Honda CBR1000RR 31.098
15 57 L. Lanzi ITA Ducati 1098R 32.706
16 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 33.173
17 10 F. Nieto ESP Ducati 1098R 34.953
18 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 57.751
19 94 D. Checa ESP Yamaha YZF R1 1’00.273
20 88 R. Resch AUT Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’29.794
RET 53 A. Polita ITA Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 8 Laps
RET 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 13 Laps
RET 51 M. Cihak CZE Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 13 Laps
RET 121 J. Hopkins USA Honda CBR1000RR 14 Laps
RET 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 14 Laps
RET 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 15 Laps
RET 100 M. Tamada JPN Kawasaki ZX 10R 17 Laps
NS 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR