Results and summary of race 1 for the World Superbike class at Misano:
Max Biaggi has won the first World Superbike race at Misano, taking a convincing victory in front of a wildly enthusiastic Italian crowd. The Alitalia Aprilia rider won a battle of WSBK's Old Men, beating fellow veterans Carlos Checa and Troy Corser under superb Adriatic conditions.
Superpole sitter Troy Corser led the race from the start, getting his BMW S1000RR away first, but trailing in is wake was Biaggi and Althea Ducati's Checa, with Alstare Suzuki's Sylvain Guintoli and Xerox Ducati's Michel Fabrizio tagging along for the ride. The group of five quickly gained lead over Noriyuki Haga and Biaggi's main title rival Leon Haslam. With Haslam, Haga and Leon Camier tripping each other up, the front five slipped away, free to settle the race among themselves.
Corser had the race firmly under control for the first half of the race, with Biaggi, Checa, Guintoli and Fabrizio following in single file behind the Australian. But while the old men of the series (Biaggi, Corser and Checa are 39, 38 and 37 respectively) concentrated on setting a fiery pace, Fabrizio and Guintoli slugged it out for 4th, losing contact with the leaders and leaving the trio of veterans to fight it out for the podium.
Corser led until two-thirds distance, but after that, his tight, flowing style began to falter, as the tires began to fade, so often the case on the BMW. Biaggi got past on lap 17, and while Corser tried to up the pace to attack Biaggi back, the Australian ran wide and allowed Checa past. Though the three remained very tight, the speed advantage of the Aprilia down the two short straights at Misano meant that neither Checa nor Corser could make up on the brakes what they were losing in a straight line, and Biaggi sent the crowd wild by taking a home victory on an Italian bike with an Italian sponsor. Checa crossed the line in 2nd, while Corser was left to settle for 3rd.
Biaggi's victory extends his advantage in the championship to 32 points, assisted by Leon Haslam's struggle with the Alstare Suzuki's electronics, which allowed Noriyuki Haga to dump the British rider back to 8th on the final lap. With nearly two thirds of the championship gone, Biaggi is starting to edge closer to his first title in 13 years.
|1||3||M. Biaggi||ITA||Aprilia RSV4 Factory|
|2||7||C. Checa||ESP||Ducati 1098R||0.387|
|3||11||T. Corser||AUS||BMW S1000 RR||0.822|
|4||84||M. Fabrizio||ITA||Ducati 1098R||4.911|
|5||50||S. Guintoli||FRA||Suzuki GSX-R1000||5.916|
|6||2||L. Camier||GBR||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||8.658|
|7||41||N. Haga||JPN||Ducati 1098R||11.872|
|8||91||L. Haslam||GBR||Suzuki GSX-R1000||11.907|
|9||67||S. Byrne||GBR||Ducati 1098R||16.490|
|10||52||J. Toseland||GBR||Yamaha YZF R1||18.458|
|11||99||L. Scassa||ITA||Ducati 1098R||18.646|
|12||57||L. Lanzi||ITA||Ducati 1098R||19.315|
|13||65||J. Rea||GBR||Honda CBR1000RR||25.405|
|14||76||M. Neukirchner||GER||Honda CBR1000RR||31.671|
|15||66||T. Sykes||GBR||Kawasaki ZX 10R||39.658|
|16||77||C. Vermeulen||AUS||Kawasaki ZX 10R||48.137|
|17||95||R. Hayden||USA||Kawasaki ZX 10R||56.316|
|18||90||F. Sandi||ITA||Aprilia RSV4 1000 F.||56.667|
|19||15||M. Baiocco||ITA||Kawasaki ZX 10R||57.218|
|RET||111||R. Xaus||ESP||BMW S1000 RR||16 Laps|
|RET||35||C. Crutchlow||GBR||Yamaha YZF R1||20 Laps|
|RET||96||J. Smrz||CZE||Ducati 1098R||23 Laps|
|EX||23||B. Parkes||AUS||Honda CBR1000RR|