WSBK: Red Flagged Race 2 Ends With Narrow Victory

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After an early race crash that saw the red flagging of Race 2, the second race at Valencia had to be restarted and decided under aggregate time. With only a few hundreths of a second deciding the race winner, there certainly was plenty of race drama finishing out the Spanish stop in the WSBK tour. With some surprise finishers in this race, you’ll be disappointed if you didn’t see it yourself.

Don’t call it a comeback, Noriyuki Haga has been here all along. The Xerox Ducati rider finally managed to get himself out of the Ducati funk, and dropped a solid first place finish on his Valencian stop. It’s not all roses for Haga though, the factory rider was nearly ousted from the top spot by satellite Ducati rider Carlos Checa. Checa finished just over two tenths behind Haga, and has been very strong thus far in the season. This good fortune however would do little for Haga’s teammate Michel Fabrizio, who had to retire after 10 laps around the Valencian circuit.

Max Biaggi would be perhaps this weekend’s biggest winner, with the Italian rider taken home a pair of podium finishes on his Aprilia. Biaggi was under a second behind Haga’s pace, and his slight bobble on the course could have meant the difference under aggregate time. Leon Haslam would finish a remote 4th place, with nearly 10 seconds separating him from the front of the pack.

World Superbike Highlights from Race 1 at Valencia, Spain:

Results from Race 2 of World Superbike at Valencia, Spain:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1’35.070
2 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1’34.681 0.025
3 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1’34.632 0.299
4 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’35.122 10.100
5 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1’35.335 12.811
6 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’35.289 13.459
7 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1’35.263 14.845
8 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1’35.288 14.861
9 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1’35.168 15.202
10 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1’35.498 18.071
11 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1’36.083 25.179
12 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1’35.284 26.116
13 57 L. Lanzi Ducati 1098R 1’35.817 30.189
14 99 L. Scassa Ducati 1098R 1’36.282 30.387
15 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’36.077 35.741
16 88 A. Pitt BMW S1000 RR 1’36.115 43.244
17 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1’36.264 43.540
18 123 R. Resch BMW S1000 RR 1’36.396 47.145
19 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’36.748 48.502
20 15 M. Baiocco Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’37.004 51.838
RET 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1’35.416 8 Laps
RET 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1’34.668 11 Laps
RET 17 S. Andrews Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’37.854 20 Laps
RET 31 V. Iannuzzo Honda CBR1000RR 1’37.211 20 Laps
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