WSBK: Qatar Race 1 Results

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It was a three machines with three different types of motors battling it out for the top three spots in World Superbike’s first round of racing this year at Qatar. Continue reading to see the spoilers and race results.


It was American Ben Spies who won the first race of the World Superbike’s stop in Qatar on his Yamaha R1. Although the rookie didn’t have a brilliant start from the pole position he obtained yesterday, he was able to overcome the rocketship that was Max Biaggi and leave behind his teammate Haga. 

On lap 5, the Texan slipstreamed both Jakub Smrz and Shinya Nakano and took third place. The following eight laps Spies put in a series of fast laps but never overtaking the two in front of him until on the 13th lap when Haga gave up on a pass on Biaggi and found Spies overtaking him, and when Biaggi who made a small error he then found Spies in front of him.

Spies with a clear field in front of him left Biaggi and Haga battling for 2nd place with Haga getting the best of Biaggi on the second to last lap, when the Roman ran wide. On the final lap Biaggi and Haga exchanged places, but it was Haga who crossed the finish line just in front of the Roman Emperor.


Results From World Superbike Qatar Race 1:

Pos. No. Rider Country Bike Diff.
1 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1  
2 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 1.893
3 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 2.168
4 56 S. Nakano JPN Aprilia RSV4 12.061
5 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 12.597
6 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 12.971
7 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 13.570
8 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 19.306
9 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 19.388
10 55 R. Laconi FRA Ducati 1098R 20.981
11 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 21.164
12 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 21.994
13 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 22.917
14 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 27.218
15 33 T. Hill GBR Honda CBR1000RR 31.602
16 31 K. Muggeridge AUS Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 33.934
17 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 47.496
18 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 47.505
19 15 M. Baiocco ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 59.278
20 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 59.295
21 24 B. Roberts AUS Ducati 1098R 59.338
22 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’04.008
  96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 12 Laps
  84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 11 Laps
  86 A. Badovini ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 8 Laps
  76 M. Neukirchner GER Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 13 Laps
  44 R. Rolfo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 15 Laps
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