Kyalami, South Africa

WSBK: Kyalami Race Notes -- Baby Steps

In racing time, Leon Haslam is about a million years old.  Born into a racing family, the 26 year-old Englishman has competed on everything from motocross to 500 GP bikes and he has the resume of a much older rider. It seems like the "Pocket Rocket" has been on the scene forever. Since starting his Superbike career in 2003, the one thing that Haslam has lacked has been the Really Good Ride. This year, after a 2009 season spent punching way above his weight on the privateer Stiggy Honda team,  Haslam has that good ride with the factory backed Alstare Suzuki team and he's taking maximum advantage of the opportunity.

Aboard what WSBK commentator Steve Martin characterizes as a kinder, gentler version of the GSXR1000 superbike, Haslam has led the championship since the thrilling photo-finish that decided race one at Phillip Island. Last weekend, at what might be the last Superbike race at Kyalami ever, Haslam's third in race one and exciting win in race two put him 15 points ahead of his nearest rival, Alitalia Aprilia's Max Biaggi, and brought him a couple of small steps closer to the 2010 World Superbike title

Race 1 -- Ducks In A Row

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Video Highlights Of The World Superbike And World Supersport Races From Kyalami

It's the Monday after a World Superbike weekend again, and as always, that means that highlights of the weekend's races are up on the official World Superbike Youtube channel. So if you're looking for a way to get the adrenaline pumping again at the start of a week, then grab a coffee, take your phone off the hook and grab ten minutes of the scorching action from Kyalami. And if that isn't enough to kickstart your week, then MotoMatters.com strongly suggests you head on over to the website of Italian broadcaster La7, where they have both World Superbike races in full, albeit with Italian commentary.

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2010 Kyalami World Superbike Race 2 Result - Penultimate Lap Pass Settles Three-Way Thriller

Results and summary of World Superbike race 2 at Kyalami:

Leon Haslam emerged victorious from a very tight three-way scrap in the second World Superbike race at Kyalami, after an imperious pass on Johnny Rea settled the battle in his favor on the penultimate lap. Haslam had taken the lead on the first lap, deposing Max Biaggi, who had in turn bumped Carlos Checa from the lead going into the first corner, Checa getting the run off the line. 

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2010 Kyalami WSS QP2 Result - Pole Settled By Narrow Margin

Results:

Eugene Laverty completed his dominance of World Supersport practice at Kyalami by taking pole position for Sunday's race. Laverty's advantage over Kenan Sofuoglu is slim, however, the Irishman just eight hundredths ahead of the Ten Kate Honda rider. Michele Pirro will start from 3rd, while Kawasaki's Katsuaki Fujiwara completes the front row. Championship leader Joan Lascorz is down in 8th, and finished a whole second behind Laverty.

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2010 Kyalami WSBK FP2 Result - Crutchlow Now On Top

The four cylinder bikes struck back during the final session of free practice at Kyalami, with Cal Crutchlow and Leon Haslam setting the fastest times of the session, less than five hundredths apart. The Sterilgarda Yamaha and Alstare Suzuki lead a bevy of Ducatis, though, with Michel Fabrizio ahead of Carlos Checa and Jakub Smrz.

Results:

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