2009 Imola World Superbike Race 1 Results - Four-Way Fight Keeps Title Tight

Result of the World Superbikes Race 1 at Imola:

Noriyuki Haga won the first Superbike race at Imola this afternoon, and more importantly, he pulled back a lot of points in the championship battle. The race was a thrillingly close affair, with the Ducatis of Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio matched up against the Aprilia of Max Biaggi. Jonny Rea on the Ten Kate Honda had joined the fray early, but a wildly optimistic passing maneuver saw him run wide and into the gravel.

Biaggi led for most of the race, Haga pushing him all the time, but finding it hard to get past. He managed with three laps to go, and was gone once he was past. Fabrizio and Biaggi continued to duke it out for the final two podium positions, and it looked like Fabrizio had it in the bag after passing Biaggi in Haga's wake. But a tough move in the final chicane gave Biaggi 2nd place back, demoting Fabrizio to 3rd.

Ben Spies finished in 4th, unable to match the pace of the leaders. While Haga, Biaggi and Fabrizio were running 1'49.3s, Spies rarely dipped below the 1'49.7 mark, and the Texan could only run with the front three when they started holding each other up. Special mention to Marco Simoncelli, who was riding a strong race and had just taken 5th place when he crashed out. An impressive debut on a bike he has barely ridden.

Spies' 4th place cuts his championship lead to just 6 points. 

Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R  
2 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2.074
3 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 2.190
4 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1 5.438
5 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 14.470
6 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 14.685
7 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 26.822
8 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 32.694
9 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 33.817
10 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 34.801
11 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 35.286
12 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 36.442
13 31 K. Muggeridge AUS Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 38.698
14 15 M. Baiocco ITA Ducati 1098R 42.147
15 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 46.510
16 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 46.628
17 94 D. Checa ESP Yamaha YZF R1 1'16.121
18 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'16.398
RET 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 8 Laps
RET 58 M. Simoncelli ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 12 Laps
RET 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 13 Laps
RET 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 14 Laps
RET 10 F. Nieto ESP Ducati 1098R 14 Laps
RET 100 M. Tamada JPN Kawasaki ZX 10R 16 Laps
RET 124 L. Conforti ITA Ducati 1098R 16 Laps
RET 14 M. Lagrive FRA Honda CBR1000RR 18 Laps
RET 57 L. Lanzi ITA Ducati 1098R 19 Laps
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