WSBK: Race 2 at Magny-Cours is Brought to You by the French Word “Merde!”

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You have to appreciate the two race program in World Superbike. Not only does it give fans a chance to see their favorites battle it out twice in one day, but it also gives riders a second chance to make a grab for the podium. With only a handful of points separating Spies and Haga, the points that Race 2 provides will definitely determine the WSBK Championship outcome. Spoilers and results after the jump.

“Merde!” is surely what Ben Spies must have been thinking as he lapped behind Johnny Rea and Max Biaggi in Race 2 at Magny-Cours. Race 2 started with a stellar start by Max Biaggi, but it proved to be short-lived as Noriyuki Haga took over the lead within the first lap. Challenged only briefly by Rea and Biaggi (on separate occasions), Haga proved to be untouchable in the second running of the “cours”.

Spies, relegated to fourth position, nearly ended the day 5th because of a front-tire issue. Unable to hold with the front pack, Spies was nearly caught by Leon Haslam as the American seemed to be riding backwards around the track. Ultimately, the Texan would have to watch the Xerox Ducati walk away with a 10 point Championship lead.

Entering into Portimao in three weeks, Spies will have to double, taking a win in both races, if he wants to ensure a Championship trophy. While having the upper-hand leading into the final venue, a mistake at Portimao by Haga would also mean a Championship disaster. Knowing that both teams will be bringing their A-game to the season’s finale, this will be the race weekend to watch, it also means we have three weeks to debate who should win the WSBK Championship series.

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

Pos. Num. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R
2 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1.480
3 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 6.024
4 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1 18.135
5 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 21.236
6 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 23.647
7 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 23.701
8 31 K. Muggeridge AUS Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 24.838
9 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 31.455
10 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 32.507
11 10 F. Nieto ESP Ducati 1098R 37.594
12 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 44.727
13 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 49.782
14 15 M. Baiocco ITA Ducati 1098R 50.345
15 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 56.209
16 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 58.796
17 94 D. Checa ESP Yamaha YZF R1 1’00.391
18 88 R. Resch AUT Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’20.777
19 132 S. Morais RSA Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’24.318
RET 22 L. Camier GBR Aprilia RSV4 Factory 8 Laps
RET 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 9 Laps
RET 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 10 Laps
RET 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 11 Laps
RET 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 20 Laps
NS 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR