Results of World Superbike race 2 at Portimao, in which the World Championship was decided:
Michel Fabrizio took victory in the final World Superbike race of the season, capitalizing on a mistake by Johnny Rea, after pushing the Ulsterman hard for much of the race. Shane Byrne had led the race from the line, with Ben Spies following, but Spies would not run at the front for long. Max Biaggi and Johnny Rea came through to chase Byrne, Rea chasing hardest and eventually getting past the Sterilgarda Ducati at the halfway mark. Byrne had put up a sterling defense until that point, but his clearly slower bike was no match for the others on top speed.
Rea then led for most of the rest of the race, while Michel Fabrizio fought his way forward and onto Rea's tail. In the final couple of laps, Rea's tires started to slide, and the Ten Kate Honda man ran wide allowing Fabrizio through. A last-ditch effort went unrewarded, Rea trying from too far back.
Noriyuki Haga took 2nd ahead of Rea, having followed his team mate through the pack. The Japanese rider had a reasonable start, but sat in 6th for much of the first half of the race. He finally got going when it was too late to save his title challenge, forging past Ben Spies, Shane Byrne and Max Biaggi.
Ben Spies tied up the 2009 World Superbike championship with a 5th place finish, putting in a solid if somewhat lackluster performance to secure enough points to take the championship: 6th would have been good enough, 5th made absolutely sure. The Texan had started off in 2nd, but dropped through the field. Spies suffered a few scary moments at the end of the race, as an exhausted and increasingly wild Max Biaggi tried to stay ahead of Spies, attempting a couple of desperate passes that could potentially have ended in disaster.
Spies now heads to Valencia, and the MotoGP paddock. He has achieved his goal of securing the World Superbike crown, making his switch to the premier class an easier transition, and leaving with no unfinished business in the series.
Spies' title was the third individual championship Yamaha clinched today, after Valentino Rossi wrapped up MotoGP and Cal Crutchlow secured the World Supersport crown. Yamaha have also taken the World Endurance title and a host of other national crowns, marking an incredibly strong year for the manufacturer.
|1||84||M. Fabrizio||ITA||Ducati 1098R|
|2||41||N. Haga||JPN||Ducati 1098R||1.195|
|3||65||J. Rea||GBR||Honda CBR1000RR||1.494|
|4||67||S. Byrne||GBR||Ducati 1098R||5.553|
|5||19||B. Spies||USA||Yamaha YZF R1||5.842|
|6||3||M. Biaggi||ITA||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||7.374|
|7||22||L. Camier||GBR||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||9.658|
|8||96||J. Smrz||CZE||Ducati 1098R||10.434|
|9||11||T. Corser||AUS||BMW S1000 RR||17.010|
|10||50||S. Guintoli||FRA||Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9||24.509|
|11||71||Y. Kagayama||JPN||Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9||27.195|
|12||23||B. Parkes||AUS||Kawasaki ZX 10R||34.825|
|13||14||M. Lagrive||FRA||Honda CBR1000RR||35.135|
|14||99||L. Scassa||ITA||Kawasaki ZX 10R||1'01.842|
|15||94||D. Checa||ESP||Yamaha YZF R1||1'09.782|
|16||100||M. Tamada||JPN||Kawasaki ZX 10R||1'30.818|
|17||25||D. Salom||ESP||Kawasaki ZX 10R||4 Laps|
|RET||15||M. Baiocco||ITA||Ducati 1098R||7 Laps|
|RET||91||L. Haslam||GBR||Honda CBR1000RR||14 Laps|
|RET||7||C. Checa||ESP||Honda CBR1000RR||15 Laps|
|RET||111||R. Xaus||ESP||BMW S1000 RR||15 Laps|
|RET||10||F. Nieto||ESP||Ducati 1098R||15 Laps|
|RET||77||V. Iannuzzo||ITA||Honda CBR1000RR||19 Laps|