WSBK: Geriatrics Battle for Race 1 at Misano

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Max Biaggi turned a year older yesterday, making the Italian rider 39 years-old, but he isn’t the only rider on the World Superbike grid that’s whose a bit weathered with age. Battling for Race 1 at Misano this weekend, the old duffs came out of the woodwork, and showed that you can teach an old dog new tricks after all. Get out your walked, and check out all the race spoilers after the jump.

Contending with the Aprilia of Biaggi, Troy Corser and Carlos Checa showed up in good form for the over 30 crowd. With Corser sitting on the pole, all eyes were on the Australian to see if he could bring the first race win to the German team. Taking a strong early lead, Corser seemed set to achieve just that goal, but with Biaggi, Checa, Fabrizio, and Guintoli in tow, it certainly wouldn’t be easy. The five-man pack broke away from the field as Haga, Haslam, and Camier battled for sixth.

As the race wore on, Fabrizio and Guintoli found themselves squaring off with each other for fourth, leaving Corser to lead Biaggi and Checa on their own battle for first. The BMW S1000RR looked in top form, but later in the race Corser’s tires began to fade, and Biaggi found a way past.

As Corser pushed to recapture first, Checa followed through taking second place soon after. The Ducati and BMW Superbikes were no match for the power that the RSV4 was able to put down on Misano’s straights, and The Emperor was too skilled to let the riders catch him under braking and in the turns.

As such, Biaggi took a close victory in Race 1 at Misano, San Marino. Happy Birthday Max. Race 2 looks to have some great action as we wait and see if BMW can capture its first top-step podium finish.

Results from Race 1 of World Superbike at Misano, San Marino:

Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory
2 7 C. Checa ESP Ducati 1098R 0.387
3 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 0.822
4 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 4.911
5 50 S. Guintoli FRA Suzuki GSX-R1000 5.916
6 2 L. Camier GBR Aprilia RSV4 Factory 8.658
7 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 11.872
8 91 L. Haslam GBR Suzuki GSX-R1000 11.907
9 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 16.490
10 52 J. Toseland GBR Yamaha YZF R1 18.458
11 99 L. Scassa ITA Ducati 1098R 18.646
12 57 L. Lanzi ITA Ducati 1098R 19.315
13 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 25.405
14 76 M. Neukirchner GER Honda CBR1000RR 31.671
15 66 T. Sykes GBR Kawasaki ZX 10R 39.658
16 77 C. Vermeulen AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 48.137
17 95 R. Hayden USA Kawasaki ZX 10R 56.316
18 90 F. Sandi ITA Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 56.667
19 15 M. Baiocco ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 57.218
RET 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 16 Laps
RET 35 C. Crutchlow GBR Yamaha YZF R1 20 Laps
RET 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 23 Laps
EX 23 B. Parkes AUS Honda CBR1000RR