2009 Nurburgring World Superbike Race 1 Result - Championship Leaders Fight To Last Lap

Result of World Superbike race 1 at the Nurburgring:

Ben Spies won the restarted first race of the day at the Nurburgring circuit, after charging through the field to catch and then pass title rival Noriyuki Haga. The race had been restarted after an early pile up saw Makoto Tamada and John Hopkins crash heavily and have to be taken to hospital, where both were checked for broken bones and concussion.

Second time around saw Noriyuki Haga get a fantastic start from pole, with Ten Kate Honda's Johnny Rea and BMW's Troy Corser chasing. Spies was with the front runners early, but had problems getting past Rea, allowing Haga to escape. It took Spies until lap 11 to catch Haga, passing him on the run through the final chicane. Haga did not just roll over and give up, though. The Xerox Ducati rider fought tooth and nail until the final laps to defend his championship lead, trying wherever he could to try and take back the lead. But with two laps to go, Spies put the hammer down and used up the rest of his tires to get a comfortable gap, eventually winning the race by nearly 4 seconds. Carlos Checa won a race-battle with his Ten Kate team mate Johnny Rea to take the final spot on the podium.

Spies victory cut Haga's championship lead back to just 2 points, a very slim margin indeed going into race 2.

Results:

Pos No Rider Country Bike Diff
1 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1  
2 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 3.850
3 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 6.990
4 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 7.109
5 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 12.825
6 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 13.243
7 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 14.223
8 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 14.382
9 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 17.206
10 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 26.547
11 14 M. Lagrive FRA Honda CBR1000RR 27.388
12 31 K. Muggeridge AUS Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 30.968
13 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 31.069
14 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 31.188
15 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 40.165
16 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 54.897
17 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'01.958
18 88 R. Resch AUT Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1 Lap
RET 56 S. Nakano JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory 6 Laps
RET 10 F. Nieto ESP Ducati 1098R 9 Laps
RET 94 D. Checa ESP Yamaha YZF R1 11 Laps
RET 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 14 Laps
RET 47 R. Cooper GBR BMW S1000 RR 15 Laps
RET 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 18 Laps
RET 15 M. Baiocco ITA Ducati 1098R 18 Laps
NS 121 J. Hopkins USA Honda CBR1000RR  
NS 100 M. Tamada JPN Kawasaki ZX 10R  
Round Number: 
11
2009
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