Results and summary of World Superbike Race 1 at Miller Motorsports Park:
Max Biaggi took an unexpected victory in the first World Superbike race of the day at Miller Motorsports Park, after being handed the win by Carlos Checa's defective Althea Ducati. Biaggi and Checa had made the break almost from the start, Biaggi's Alitalia Aprilia teammate Leon Camier putting up only token resistance in the first couple of laps. Checa used a smart pass to take over the lead from Biaggi, sliding underneath Biaggi on one of the fastest sections of the track, but for the first 12 laps of the race, Checa had his work cut out trying to shake off the Aprilia. Checa's Ducati was clearly superior through the corners, but the Aprilia's blistering speed down the front straight - Biaggi was over 16 km/h or 10 mph faster than Checa along the straight - meant Biaggi could catch Checa with relative ease.
Eventually, though, Biaggi was forced to concede defeat, letting Checa finally escape on lap 13, and quickly losing ground to the Spaniard. The race looked over, but fate was not on Checa's side. With three to go, Checa's bike suddenly halted, the engine dead and no more power, handing Biaggi a simple victory.
This was bad news for Leon Haslam. After a difficult start, the Alstare Suzuki rider had forced his way forward, dragging Noriyuki Haga along in his wake. The pairing had run across Leon Camier by lap 10, and Haslam started to push Camier hard. It would take the Suzuki rider 6 laps, but eventually, he nudged his GSX-R1000 ahead of Camier's Aprilia and took over 3rd, which would become 2nd after Checa dropped out, handing Biaggi an extra point in the championship. Haga, too, would get past Camier, getting his first podium since Valencia, back in early April.
Further down the field, some impressive rides saw unusual names well up the standings. Supersonic Ducati's Luca Scassa took advantage of a little local knowledge - the Italian having spent 2008 in the AMA - to finish 7th, passing James Toseland on the way. Johnny Rea ended in 14th, the heavily bandaged Ulsterman rejoining after crashing out in the early laps. Rea's triumph was unfortunate for Roger Lee Hayden, pushing the American back out of the points with just a couple of laps to go.
The entire field was lucky not to have suffered more crashes. Jakub Smrz blew the engine of his Pata S&G Ducati 1198R on the first lap of the race, the Ducati pouring out smoke around half the circuit. Fortunately, little or no oil actually ended up on the track, and the field went by unharmed, Smrz pulling off before his engine expired completely.
|1||3||M. Biaggi||ITA||Aprilia RSV4 Factory|
|2||91||L. Haslam||GBR||Suzuki GSX-R1000||4.931|
|3||41||N. Haga||JPN||Ducati 1098R||6.432|
|4||2||L. Camier||GBR||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||8.576|
|5||11||T. Corser||AUS||BMW S1000 RR||11.150|
|6||67||S. Byrne||GBR||Ducati 1098R||11.243|
|7||99||L. Scassa||ITA||Ducati 1098R||12.432|
|8||50||S. Guintoli||FRA||Suzuki GSX-R1000||15.145|
|9||52||J. Toseland||GBR||Yamaha YZF R1||16.091|
|10||111||R. Xaus||ESP||BMW S1000 RR||16.502|
|11||35||C. Crutchlow||GBR||Yamaha YZF R1||18.719|
|12||76||M. Neukirchner||GER||Honda CBR1000RR||24.285|
|13||66||T. Sykes||GBR||Kawasaki ZX 10R||36.479|
|14||65||J. Rea||GBR||Honda CBR1000RR||39.700|
|15||77||C. Vermeulen||AUS||Kawasaki ZX 10R||41.253|
|16||95||R. Hayden||USA||Kawasaki ZX 10R||41.661|
|17||23||B. Parkes||AUS||Honda CBR1000RR||1'00.427|
|18||15||M. Baiocco||ITA||Kawasaki ZX 10R||4 Laps|
|RET||7||C. Checa||ESP||Ducati 1098R||3 Laps|
|RET||84||M. Fabrizio||ITA||Ducati 1098R||20 Laps|
|RET||96||J. Smrz||CZE||Ducati 1098R|