WSBK: Race 2 at Imola Strictly an Italian Affair

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Race 2 promised to have more close racing, as many riders in Race 1 proved they could race near the top (not to mention, many riders in WSBK have contracts up for renewal). With Imola being the home track for the Ducati loyal, a lot of fans we’re waiting to see the red bikes up front.

Many Xerox Ducati fans were also keen to see if Haga could retake the lead in the World Superbike Championship standings with a strong showing at Imola. They would not be disappointed, a full race report after the jump.

For Race 2, we saw the true introduction of Marco Simoncelli, who raced a strong ride in Race 1, but ultimately crashed while in 5th place. Simoncelli clearly overcame his demons, finishing on the bottom step of the podium, and ahead of his teammate Max Biaggi, who finished the day 4th.

Ahead of the Aprilia’s were of course the Ducati’s. Wanting to win on his company’s home track, and in front of his fellow Italians, Michel Fabrizio finally got the “W” he was looking for this weekend.

While Haga lead most of the race, showing the same prowess from Race 1, it wasn’t until lap 13 that Fabrizio could get past his Japanese teammate. But once it was done, Fabrizio never looked back taking a comfortable lead. He would finish over 3.5 seconds ahead of Haga.

Entering into the mix at the front, Shane Byrne’s showed a promising ride. He was interrupted though as Marco Simoncelli made a very risky pass on Max Biaggi, which caused both Spies and Biaggi to avoid the young Italian. Spies would have to take an off-road excursion to avoid the crash, costing him a spot. Spies would lose a place to Bryne because of the move, as Simoncelli found himself later in the top-three riders group…but that’s racing.

Because of this finish, Haga is now 3 points ahead of Ben Spies in the World Superbike Standings.

Results from Race 2 of World Superbike at Imola, Italy:

Pos. Num. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R
2 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 3.592
3 58 M. Simoncelli ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 6.510
4 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 7.445
5 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1 14.678
6 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 16.396
7 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 17.110
8 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 22.502
9 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 25.268
10 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 30.203
11 57 L. Lanzi ITA Ducati 1098R 32.589
12 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 36.243
13 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 36.368
14 31 K. Muggeridge AUS Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 38.809
15 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 42.435
16 15 M. Baiocco ITA Ducati 1098R 49.349
17 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 1’01.823
18 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’06.854
RET 14 M. Lagrive FRA Honda CBR1000RR 5 Laps
RET 94 D. Checa ESP Yamaha YZF R1 7 Laps
RET 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 9 Laps
RET 10 F. Nieto ESP Ducati 1098R 10 Laps
RET 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 12 Laps
RET 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 17 Laps
RET 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 18 Laps
NS 100 M. Tamada JPN Kawasaki ZX 10R