WSBK: Race 2 at Nürburgring Continues to Show Championship Plagued by Crashes

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Race 2 continues World Superbike’s tour of Germany and the Nürburgring. With the balance of the Championship standings still tipping precariously after Race 1, Ben Spies and Noriyuki Haga were both looking for a victory that would give them a sure lead in the Championship points.

With another strong start by Noriyuki Haga, while Ben Spies wallowing away in 7th place after the start, it seemed that the Ducati rider would have the day in Race 2. However, Haga would have to contend with Johnny Rea, Troy Corser, and Carlos Checa, who all had a bead on the Japanese rider. As Rea made his way past Checa and Haga on lap 4, Haga felt the pressure from the new adversary, and passed the Ten Kate rider back on lap 5.

However running wide on his exit, this effort meant Haga left the door open to wide to be retaken, and Johnny Rea made his counter strike on Haga. Coming underneath Haga, Rea’s Honda collided with Haga’s Ducati as Haga tightened up his line. With no where to go but down onto the asphalt, Haga effectively handed Spies as many points as the American could muster, and Rea was left alone at the top of the pack.

With Haga no longer a factor, Spies picked off riders one-by-one, climbing all the way back to the front. Rea posed too much of a challenge for the Texan, and Spies was willing to call it a good days work, taking second place in Race 2 and an 18 point lead over Haga in the Championship.

Leon Haslam might have some issue with the finish though, as the Stiggy Honda racer was pushed off his line by Spies and into the gravel. He would finish the race in 5th place, behind Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa, respectively. Troy Corser put his BMW S1000RR behind Haslam, giving the BMW a strong showing at their home track.

With Spies now in the lead of the World Superbike Championship, there seems to be a growing momentum of sentiment that he will win the series outright, having already overcome an 88 point deficit.

Results from Race 2 of World Superbike at Nürburgring, Germany:

Pos. Num. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR
2 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1 0.786
3 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 4.993
4 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 8.191
5 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 10.907
6 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 17.152
7 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 19.473
8 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 19.721
9 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 22.981
10 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 24.161
11 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 29.367
12 10 F. Nieto ESP Ducati 1098R 30.007
13 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 37.281
14 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 47.883
15 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 49.549
16 15 M. Baiocco ITA Ducati 1098R 49.635
17 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’19.554
18 94 D. Checa ESP Yamaha YZF R1 1’22.329
RET 47 R. Cooper GBR BMW S1000 RR 4 Laps
RET 31 K. Muggeridge AUS Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 7 Laps
RET 88 R. Resch AUT Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 7 Laps
RET 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 11 Laps
RET 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 16 Laps
RET 14 M. Lagrive FRA Honda CBR1000RR 19 Laps
NS 56 S. Nakano JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory