WSBK: Landslide During Race 1 at Valencia

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World Superbike headed to Valencia, Spain this weekend for the third round of the WSBK season. With a strong Superpole by Cal Crutchlow, all eyes were on the Sterilgarda Yamaha to see if a surprise victory would occur. With the Championship heating up as riders are vetted into place, Valenica would prove to be a battlefield this weekend with more than one rider firing a warning shot across the proverbial bows of their competitors, signaling their intention to compete.

Taking his second win of the season, it was the Alstare Suzuki of Leon Haslam that would grace the first podium at Valencia. Haslam rode a great pace in Race 1, pulling almost a two second lead over second place finisher Max Biaggi. Biaggi had a strong Superpole result, but after five laps of the first race, the Italian rider was forced to watch the Brit take the lead and pull away from his Aprilia RSV4.

Finishing on the third step of the podium was James Toseland, who found himself over a second and a half behind Biaggi. This result, though a disappointment, was a validation of Toseland’s abilities as the Brit hasn’t been dominating the field like a former WSBK Champion and MotoGP rider is expected to do.

Notably runnings included the 4th place finish of the Troy Corser and his BMW S1000RR, which was closely followed by Noriyuki Haga. Haga has been a venerable no-show this season to-date, as the entire factory Ducati team seems to be off its mark from last year. We’re not sure what that could be due to.

World Superbike Highlights from Race 1 at Valencia, Spain:

Results from Race 1 of World Superbike at Valencia, Spain:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’34.787
2 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 1000 F 1’35.025 1.757
3 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1’35.007 3.621
4 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1’35.100 4.209
5 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1’35.329 4.378
6 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1’35.218 9.834
7 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1’35.243 10.466
8 57 L. Lanzi Ducati 1098R 1’35.388 16.080
9 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’35.017 18.382
10 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1’35.841 18.589
11 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’36.100 22.903
12 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1’36.063 25.203
13 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1’35.910 25.676
14 99 L. Scassa Ducati 1098R 1’36.202 26.606
15 88 A. Pitt BMW S1000 RR 1’36.241 43.797
16 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’36.782 48.094
17 15 M. Baiocco Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’36.768 48.190
18 17 S. Andrews Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’36.360 52.863
RET 31 V. Iannuzzo Honda CBR1000RR 1’36.919 11 Laps
RET 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 1000 F 1’35.104 16 Laps
RET 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1’34.880 18 Laps
RET 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1’34.987 18 Laps
RET 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1’34.750 21 Laps
RET 123 R. Resch BMW S1000 RR 1’37.098 21 Laps