2010 Miller WSBK Race 2 Result: Mechanicals And Crashes Shake Up Title Race

Results and summary of the World Superbike race 2 at Miller Motorsports Park:

Max Biaggi was gifted his second race in a row at Miller, Carlos Checa's Althea Ducati once again leaving him in the lurch. Checa had got an even better start than in race 1, fending off Biaggi into Turn 1 and building a lead early. But Checa's luck was to be as poor in race 2 as it was in race 1, the Althea Ducati's ride-by-wire system seeming to pack up in exactly the same way as it did in the first race, the only difference being that Checa's race was over by lap 8, rather than lap 19. The second failure in a row robbed Checa of what looked like being an almost effortless double, instead handing the double to Biaggi, his third of the season.

Once Checa was out, Biaggi's position was never in danger, the Alitalia Aprilia rider having built up a comfortable lead. Only the remainder of the podium was ever in question, with BMW's Troy Corser the early candidate for 2nd, Biaggi's teammate Camier following behind, while Cal Crutchlow chased Camier. By lap 9, Camier was on Corser, and past him a lap later, followed immediately by Crutchlow. The Sterilgarda Yamaha rider looked like passing Camier as well, but Crutchlow could never quite close the gap, Camier picking up the pace whenever his fellow Briton got too close. 

If the battle for the podium was settled quickly and with little drama, the action was all going on behind the front three. Championship leader Leon Haslam had had another dismal start, crossing the line down in 10th at the end of lap 1, and battling his way forward. The Alstare Suzuki rider was putting on a fantastic comeback, barging his way through the field - sometimes quite brutally, as he demonstrated on Ten Kate Honda's Johnny Rea - until he arrived in 6th spot. Haslam was clearly on a mission, but it would eventually fail, the Briton highsiding out of the race to record his first DNF of the season, and surrendering his championship lead to Max Biaggi going into the summer break.

Of the following pack, Noriyuki Haga was to come out best, adding a 4th spot to his 3rd in race 1 to record an excellent weekend, and something of a revival for the Xerox Ducati rider. The Nitro in Nitro Nori seems once again to refer to the highly explosive trinitrotoluene, rather than the relatively inert nitrogen. Corser scored a decent 5th place, the BMW still struggling to conserve tires all the way to the end of a race. Further behind, Sylvain Guintoli saved the honor of the Alstare Suzuki team, bagging 6th spot ahead of Althea Ducati's Shane Byrne, 7th spot small compensation for Checa's double disaster. The brave, battered and bruised Johnny Rea ended the day 8th, a miracle given that the Ulsterman was run over by his own Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR yesterday.

Biaggi's double and Haslam's mistakes turn the championship right around. Haslam has relinquished the title lead for the first time this year, handing Biaggi a 15 point lead. There are still 6 rounds and 12 races to go, so there is still everything left to play for. But the last thing that Haslam needed before the four week hiatus to Misano.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory  
2 2 L. Camier GBR Aprilia RSV4 Factory 5.899
3 35 C. Crutchlow GBR Yamaha YZF R1 7.363
4 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 8.842
5 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 9.473
6 50 S. Guintoli FRA Suzuki GSX-R1000 12.293
7 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 12.483
8 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 15.959
9 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 18.897
10 99 L. Scassa ITA Ducati 1098R 20.372
11 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 26.823
12 76 M. Neukirchner GER Honda CBR1000RR 30.344
13 77 C. Vermeulen AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 33.337
14 66 T. Sykes GBR Kawasaki ZX 10R 38.772
15 23 B. Parkes AUS Honda CBR1000RR 44.994
RET 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 3 Laps
RET 15 M. Baiocco ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 6 Laps
RET 52 J. Toseland GBR Yamaha YZF R1 7 Laps
RET 95 R. Hayden USA Kawasaki ZX 10R 9 Laps
RET 7 C. Checa ESP Ducati 1098R 14 Laps
RET 91 L. Haslam GBR Suzuki GSX-R1000 14 Laps
Round Number: 
7
2010
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Comments

I was actually amazed by how fiercely he attacked that first corner in round two. If he can hold that aggression, he should be able to throw a few more surprises this season.

Checa’s Race 1 mechanical occurred right in front of me. As he was being taken back to the pits the whole grandstand cheered loudly and despite being understandably upset, Carlos took the time to acknowledge the crowd with a genuine wave. When the second happened it was like a sick joke. Guy’s a total class act and I can only wish him the best for the rest of the season.