WSBK: Race 1 at Magny-Cours Shows a Points Teeter-Totter for the Championship

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Eclipsing the excitement in MotoGP this week, World Superbike has heated up to be a great series to watch in these final two outings. Recently signed to Tech3 Yamaha, Ben Spies looked for W in Race 1 to try and take back the Championship lead from Noriyuki Haga.

Always a bridesmaid, and never a bride, Haga entered Race 1 also looking for a win, to help further his points lead in what could be his first WSBK Championship trophy. Johnny Rea on the other hand, entered Race 1 to try and crash into one of the top riders, and spoil the whole series for everyone else. Continue after the jump to find who was successful in their endeavors.

Race 1 proved to be Ben Spies’ outing, as the American lead for almost the entire race. With Haga stuck behind Rea and Biaggi, the Japanese rider was unable to challenge the Texan for the front spot until later in the race. After Rea retired with mechanical problems, Haga had to contend with the worthy adversary that is Max Biaggi. The Aprilia RSV4 has shown itself to be a top bike in its first year out racing, and the Emperor proved he could still contend with the top riders of the world.

It would take Haga 10 laps before he could pass the Italian rider, but once he was past Biaggi, Haga closed in on Spies. Catching Spies with only half a lap remaining in the race, Haga would see Spies return the favor post-haste, and squeak a win with just two tenths of second to spare.

The win gave Spies a provisional first place in the Championship points, but still had Race 2 in his way before he could call it a day’s worth of work.

Results from Race 1 of World Superbike at Magny-Cours, France:

Pos. Num. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1
2 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 0.181
3 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 5.009
4 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 16.347
5 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 22.622
6 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 24.948
7 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 27.144
8 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 27.578
9 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 28.486
10 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 28.716
11 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 52.680
12 15 M. Baiocco ITA Ducati 1098R 1’01.372
13 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’05.123
14 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’05.483
15 94 D. Checa ESP Yamaha YZF R1 1’05.672
16 88 R. Resch AUT Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’29.284
17 40 F. Gentile ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1 Lap
RET 22 L. Camier GBR Aprilia RSV4 Factory 3 Laps
RET 132 S. Morais RSA Kawasaki ZX 10R 10 Laps
RET 10 F. Nieto ESP Ducati 1098R 11 Laps
RET 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 13 Laps
RET 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 15 Laps
RET 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 18 Laps
RET 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 20 Laps
RET 31 K. Muggeridge AUS Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 20 Laps
RET 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 22 Laps