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Old 09-06-2009, 08:24 AM   #1
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Spies battles to race 1 win from Haga

Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike) notched up his 12th win of the season at the end of a nail-biting scrap with his championship rival Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox), reducing the gap at the top to two points. The Japanese rider powered away to the best possible start, but Spies managed to recover by the mid-point, when he took over at the front. With a couple of laps to go before the chequered flag, Haga made a slight error and the Texan was able to cut loose to take the win. Third place went to Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), who held off his team-mate Jonathan Rea for the final podium slot. There was another terrific battle for fifth place, between Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing), Leon Haslam (Stiggy Racing Honda) and Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox), who finished in that order. Troy Corser scored a positive eighth place for BMW, with the Australian running in fourth for much of the race before dropping away in the final stages. Stand-in rider Karl Muggeridge brought the first Suzuki Alstare BRUX machine home in 12th, but both Kawasaki riders were forced into retirement. Makoto Tamada was involved in an incident shortly after the start together with John Hopkins (Stiggy Racing Honda), and they were both taken to Adenaiu hospital with concussion.

1 19 Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 39'04.818 (157,737 kph)
2 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 3.850
3 7 Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 6.990
4 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 7.109
5 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 12.825
6 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 13.243
7 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 14.223
8 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 14.382
9 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 17.206
10 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 26.547
11 14 Lagrive M. (FRA) Honda CBR1000RR 27.388
12 31 Muggeridge K. (AUS) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 30.968
13 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 31.069
14 9 Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 31.188
15 71 Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 40.165
16 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 54.897
17 25 Salom D. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'01.958
18 88 Resch R. (AUT) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9
RET 56 Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory
RET 10 Nieto F. (ESP) Ducati 1098R
RET 94 Checa D. (ESP) Yamaha YZF R1
RET 77 Iannuzzo V. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR
RET 47 Cooper R. (GBR) BMW S1000 RR
RET 23 Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R
RET 15 Baiocco M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R
NP 121 Hopkins J. (USA) Honda CBR1000RR
NP 100 Tamada M. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX 10R
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A 2nd by Spies in race 2 and a DNF by Haga means he leads the championship by 18...

Nurburgring Superbike - Race 2

Sunday, 06 September 2009 16:48

1 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 39'01.561 (157,956 kph)
2 19 Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 0.786
3 7 Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 4.993
4 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 8.191
5 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 10.907
6 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 17.152
7 9 Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 19.473
8 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 19.721
9 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 22.981
10 71 Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 24.161
11 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 29.367
12 10 Nieto F. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 30.007
13 23 Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 37.281
14 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 47.883
15 77 Iannuzzo V. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 49.549
16 15 Baiocco M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 49.635
17 25 Salom D. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'19.554
18 94 Checa D. (ESP) Yamaha YZF R1 1'22.329
RET 47 Cooper R. (GBR) BMW S1000 RR
RET 31 Muggeridge K. (AUS) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9
RET 88 Resch R. (AUT) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9
RET 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R
RET 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R
RET 14 Lagrive M. (FRA) Honda CBR1000RR
NP 56 Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory
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YEAH BEN!!!!!!!!! Two fantastic races. Thought Haga might be thinking about the honorable suicide after race one............ Only goes to show, that even in the bigs, just because it's supposed to be your season, don't mean it will be your season. I feel for Haga, but am over the moon with Ben in the points lead!!!
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w000h00000!! Just finished watching the races!! GO BEN!!


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Fantastic racing, and Speez working through all the issues he was having with the bike makes things even more awesome!

Haga was hurting, that dude is nowhere near fully recovered from his injuries, but man did he put up a helluva fight this weekend despite the complications! Mad props for Haga-san!

Johnny Rea was extremely impressive this weekend, as was "Checker". Those guys didn't get intimidated by Elbowz at all and were running an incredible pace! Freakin' lap record pace for 20+ laps?!?!!? Crazy skillz out there!

What is it, 3 more race weekends left? Spies is gonna seal this biotch up!
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I think Haga has mentallly lost the championship. Aside from crash in race 2, his face during the post race 1 interview said everything.
I kind of feel bad for the guy, one more time he will be number 2 in WSBK.
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Haga was hurting, that dude is nowhere near fully recovered from his injuries, but man did he put up a helluva fight this weekend despite the complications! Mad props for Haga-san!

+1 He gave it a helluva run in race 1. I was actually wanting him to try something, but only to have Spies put one back on him.

His slumping, dejected posture across the finish line had me feeling pretty bad for him. It sucks that only one of them can win it all.
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who's at fault???
Johnny for taking the racing line or Haga for running wide and trying to reclaim it??
NEITHER imo, a simple but unfortunate racing accident!!
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Fantastic racing, and Speez working through all the issues he was having with the bike makes things even more awesome!

Haga was hurting, that dude is nowhere near fully recovered from his injuries, but man did he put up a helluva fight this weekend despite the complications! Mad props for Haga-san!

Johnny Rea was extremely impressive this weekend, as was "Checker". Those guys didn't get intimidated by Elbowz at all and were running an incredible pace! Freakin' lap record pace for 20+ laps?!?!!? Crazy skillz out there!
What is it, 3 more race weekends left? Spies is gonna seal this biotch up!


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