2009 Nurburgring World Superbike Race 2 Result - Early Crash Shakes Up Title Race

Results of World Superbike race 2 at the Nurburgring:

Johnny Rea held off Ben Spies during the second World Superbike race at the Nurburgring, preventing a Spies double and saving Noriyuki Haga some valuable points, though Haga won't be thanking him for it.

Haga had gotten another strong start, pulling away from Carlos Checa and Troy Corser, while Ben Spies languished well down in 7th place. Johnny Rea, who had not got off to a good start, barged his way past Leon Haslam and Troy Corser, challenging and taking the lead from Haga and Checa on lap 4. Haga, knowing he had to collect as many points as possible to increase his ever-shrinking lead over Spies, passed Rea back going over the line to start lap 5.

Unfortunately for the Japanese rider, the effort to pass Rea meant running into Turn 1 a little wide, leaving just enough room for Rea to slide back underneath. But the Northern Irish rider appeared right where Haga was trying to slam the door, and Haga banged into Rea and went down, crashing out of the race.

With Haga out, Spies set about maximizing his points haul, reeling in the riders ahead of him, until he arrived on the back wheel of Rea on lap 13, after a particularly tough pass on Leon Haslam saw the Stiggy Racing Honda rider pushed off line and into the gravel. He pushed hard to get onto the back of Rea, but the Ten Kate Honda man was flying, and held the American off comfortably, taking victory by just under a second. Rea's team mate Carlos Checa came home in 3rd, putting two Ten Kate Hondas on the podium, with Spies' Yamaha between them.

Spies' 2nd place finish means he takes the championship lead for the first time this season, holding an 18 point advantage over Haga with three rounds (or six races) left to go. That's not much of a lead, but given that Spies has already come back from an 88 point deficit, the Texan must now surely be hot favorite to take the title this year.

Results:

Pos No Rider Country Bike Diff
1 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR  
2 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1 0.786
3 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 4.993
4 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 8.191
5 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 10.907
6 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 17.152
7 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 19.473
8 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 19.721
9 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 22.981
10 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 24.161
11 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 29.367
12 10 F. Nieto ESP Ducati 1098R 30.007
13 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 37.281
14 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 47.883
15 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 49.549
16 15 M. Baiocco ITA Ducati 1098R 49.635
17 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'19.554
18 94 D. Checa ESP Yamaha YZF R1 1'22.329
RET 47 R. Cooper GBR BMW S1000 RR 4 Laps
RET 31 K. Muggeridge AUS Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 7 Laps
RET 88 R. Resch AUT Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 7 Laps
RET 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 11 Laps
RET 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 16 Laps
RET 14 M. Lagrive FRA Honda CBR1000RR 19 Laps
NS 56 S. Nakano JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory  
Round Number: 
11
2009
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