2010 Misano WSBK Race 2 Result: Convincing Victory, And Scrap For Second

Results and summary of race 2 for the World Superbike class at Misano:

Max Biaggi has completed his fourth double of the season, winning the second race at Misano in dominant style. The Alitalia Aprilia rider took his time getting to the front once again, but once there, there was no one capable of challenging him.

Biaggi got the holeshot into the first corner, but in snarl-up that Misano's first complex right-left corner always creates, got shuffled back down into third by Troy Corser on the BMW and Carlos Checa on the Althea Ducati. The two veterans looked like making a break in the early laps, but by lap 4, the chasing pack, consisting of Xerox Ducati's Michel Fabrizio, Biaggi, Alstare Suzuki's Leon Haslam and Sterilgarda Yamaha man Cal Crutchlow had reeled Corser and Checa in.

Checa was the first victim of the group chasing him down. Fabrizio was the first rider past, quickly followed by Biaggi. Haslam and Crutchlow followed shortly after, shuffling the Althea Ducati man to the back of the group. Once past Checa, Fabrizio then set about Corser, and that took just a couple more laps. Once again Biaggi followed, and the Aprilia rider then set his sights on his young countryman. It took a lap, but then he was past, and showing the rest a clean pair of heels.

That was the last the group saw of Biaggi, the Aprilia man taking his 8th win of the season and further extending his championship lead. Having now taken four races on the trot, and with horsepower tracks like Brno and Silverstone up next, Biaggi is proving to be a very tough man to beat.

With Biaggi in this kind of form, Leon Haslam is working on damage limitation. Having solved the electronics issues which troubled him during the first race, the Alstare Suzuki rider concentrated on staying as close to Biaggi as possible. That meant getting past Fabrizio, a task that took just a couple of laps. But neither Haslam nor anyone else had the pace to stay with the indomitable Biaggi, and Haslam was forced to settle for 2nd.

The British title challenger could have been left with even less, were it not for the fact that the scrap behind him was very stiff. Crutchlow had also gotten past Fabrizio, but the Ducati man was putting up stiff resistance. While Crutchlow was searching for a way past Haslam, the Italian was engaging the Yamaha rider from behind. So much so, indeed, that on the penultimate lap, Fabrizio dived inside of Crutchlow at Quercia, and forced the Yamaha wide, then holding off Crutchlow to the line. Haslam had 2nd safely in the bag, while Fabrizio took the final spot on the podium, ahead of Crutchlow, Checa and Sylvain Guintoli.


Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory  
2 91 L. Haslam GBR Suzuki GSX-R1000 4.095
3 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 4.631
4 35 C. Crutchlow GBR Yamaha YZF R1 5.014
5 7 C. Checa ESP Ducati 1098R 6.256
6 50 S. Guintoli FRA Suzuki GSX-R1000 7.677
7 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 10.144
8 99 L. Scassa ITA Ducati 1098R 10.942
9 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 13.640
10 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 16.279
11 2 L. Camier GBR Aprilia RSV4 Factory 17.799
12 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 22.793
13 57 L. Lanzi ITA Ducati 1098R 24.131
14 76 M. Neukirchner GER Honda CBR1000RR 28.212
15 77 C. Vermeulen AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 36.551
16 66 T. Sykes GBR Kawasaki ZX 10R 49.636
17 23 B. Parkes AUS Honda CBR1000RR 50.041
18 95 R. Hayden USA Kawasaki ZX 10R 51.246
19 15 M. Baiocco ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 58.174
20 90 F. Sandi ITA Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'10.588
RET 52 J. Toseland GBR Yamaha YZF R1 14 Laps
RET 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 17 Laps
RET 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 22 Laps
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I do rather hope Aprilia will book a few days testing with Max at Mugello. Sling a set of Bridgestones and a pair of carbon discs on that thing and just see what Max can do with it. Aprilia have to be eyeing up the big prize 2012 if Max continues in the manner he is. Would he go back to GP's though?