WSBK: Race 2 at Donington Park Ends with a Nearly Fractured Vertebrae

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If the close racing of Race 1 wasn’t enough drama for the fans at Donington Park, Race 2 provided it in full. Another breakaway start, and a couple key crashes, lead to a shake up in the finishing results, and one rider was rushed off to the hospital for a suspected fractured vertabrae that might change the course of the season. Continue reading for spoilers.

Ben Spies took an uncontested Double at Donington by winning Race 2 with relative ease. Spies took the lead in the first corner, and never looked back, finishing 6 seconds ahead of second place Leon Haslam.

As the track at Donington warmed up, it was clear some riders had the wrong compound of tire on their race bikes. Max Biaggi crashed first, hanging up any hopes for redemption after running out of fuel in Race 1. A lap later, Noriyuki Haga had a nasty crash where his Ducati tumbled and landed on top of him.

Haga walked away from the crash, visibly in pain. It was suspected he had a fractured vertebrae, but a later CAT scan confirmed he did not, although he did break a series of other bones in his arm and shoulder.

With the podium shake up completed, the race was left for Leon Haslam, Michel Fabrizio, and Shane Byrne to figure out the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place spots in victory lane. Haslam ended up holding off Fabrizio, and Shakey finished 4th.

Spies made 25 points on Haga for his day’s work at Donington, and now only trails the Xerox Ducati by 14 points. The big question now will be whether Haga will be able to ride any of the remaining races of the season, and defend is now narrow lead.

We’ll keep your apprised of the news as we get it.

Results from Race 2 of World Superbike at Donington Park, UK:

Pos. Num. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1
2 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 6.622
3 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 6.816
4 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 7.349
5 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 8.145
6 22 L. Camier GBR Yamaha YZF R1 13.463
7 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 15.751
8 27 J. Ellison GBR Yamaha YZF R1 16.837
9 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 22.891
10 117 S. Andrews GBR Kawasaki ZX 10R 30.347
11 57 L. Lanzi ITA Ducati 1098R 30.622
12 14 M. Lagrive FRA Honda CBR1000RR 31.562
13 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 32.148
14 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 32.607
15 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 32.806
16 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 34.269
17 79 B. Young USA Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 40.644
18 36 G. Lavilla ESP Ducati 1098R 40.956
19 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 41.302
20 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 42.856
21 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 47.769
RET 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 8 Laps
RET 88 R. Resch AUT Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 8 Laps
RET 53 A. Polita ITA Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 17 Laps
RET 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 18 Laps
RET 94 D. Checa ESP Yamaha YZF R1 18 Laps
RET 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 19 Laps
RET 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 21 Laps
RET 56 S. Nakano JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory 22 Laps
RET 2 J. Hacking USA Kawasaki ZX 10R 22 Laps