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2009 Kyalami World Superbike Race 2 Result - Two Riders Swap Lead On Last Lap

Results of World Superbike Race 2 at Kyalami:

Noriyuki Haga took victory in race 2 to do the double at Kyalami. Haga led from the start, but was passed by Ben Spies on lap 2. A lap later, Spies pulled up with a technical problem, leaving Haga and team mate Michel Fabrizio to disappear at the front. Fabrizio got close enough to Haga to attempt a pass him twice on the last lap, but both times, the Italian ran wide, handing the lead back to Haga. Johnny Rea came home in 3rd, holding off the advances of both Leon Haslam and Max Biaggi.


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2009 World Superbikes Kyalami Superpole Results And Report

Results and brief report of Superpole qualifying for World Superbikes at Kyalami

Superpole 1:

Ben Spies was fastest in Superpole 1, just 0.050 ahead of Johnny Rea and Spies' Yamaha team mate Tom Sykes. Gregorio Lavilla just scraped through with a fast lap in the dying minutes.

Riders out: Broc Parkes, Luca Scassa, David Salom, Tommy Hill.

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2009 World Superbikes Kyalami QP2 Result - Fabrizio Has Haslam And Rea On His Heels

The second session of qualifying was much colder than yesterday, and like the World Supersport class, left a lot riders waiting in the pits for better conditions. But the track warmed a little as the session went on, and by the end of it, most of the field had improved their times from yesterday afternoon.

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2009 World Supersport Kyalami FP2 Result - Laverty And Crutchlow Catch Sofuoglu

Kenan Sofuoglu topped the timesheets in the second free practice session for the World Supersport class at Kyalami, taking over from his Ten Kate team mate Andrew Pitt who was quickest in the first session of the day. The Turk had spent most of the session in third place, but shot to the top with just a couple of minutes to go. The session once again turned into a three-way battle between Sofuoglu, Parkalgar Honda's Eugene Laverty and Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow.

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2009 World Superbikes Kyalami QP1 Result - Fabrizio Again, But Rea Intrudes

The first qualifying practice for the World Superbike class saw Michel Fabrizio take provisional pole, the Italian Ducati rider continuing his run of form in practice. Unlike previous sessions, however, Fabrizio did not dominate the session entirely. Fabrizio stood atop the timesheets for the first 40 minutes, but with 18 minutes to go, Johnny Rea leapt ahead of the Italian, the HANNSpree Ten Kate rider the first man to dislodge the Xerox Ducati from the top spot.

It did not last, however, as 10 minutes later, Fabrizio was back again, and half a second faster than his previous best. Fabrizio would not be bested again during the session. Johnny Rea hung on to 2nd, but on his very final lap, Yamaha's Ben Spies shot up the standings from 16th to set the 3rd fastest time. The Yamahas had been languishing outside the top 10 for nearly all the session, but in the dying minutes both Spies and team mate Tom Sykes found a serious improvement. While Spies' time was good enough for a provisional front row, Sykes advanced from 15th up to 8th.

Leon Haslam occupies the last place on the provisional front row, the Stiggy Honda man much improved from Monza. Shinya Nakano heads up the 2nd row on the Aprilia, ahead of Xerox Ducati's Nori Haga and Jakub Smrz on the Guandalini Ducati, with Tom Sykes finishing up the row. Haga is still not at 100%, and has not yet made much of an impression during practice, but he still has two days to go before the race, and he is comfortably on course to make it into Superpole.

The replacement riders were a little more off the pace during the afternoon session, Sheridan Morais the best of them in 12th place, and well ahead of his temporary team mate Broc Parkes, while Gregorio Lavilla finished in 13th, 0.001 behind Morais.

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2009 World Supersport Kyalami FP1 Result - Ten Kate Back On Top

Free practice for the World Supersport class saw a return to the pattern we expected before the start of the season, with the Ten Kate riders at the top of the timesheets. Benefiting from being the only Supersport riders to have tested here back in December, Kenan Sofuoglu led the first half of the session, relieved by team mate Andrew Pitt in the second half of the session. Behind the Ten Kate riders, Cal Crutchlow was 3rd fastest, taking over the position from Eugene Laverty in the last third of the session.

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2009 World Superbikes Kyalami FP1 Result - Fabrizio Leads, Replacements Impress

Results of the World Superbike FP1 session at Kyalami:

The session got off to a bad start, with Regis Laconi crashing on the first lap, causing the session to be red flagged. Once the session got underway again, Michel Fabrizio picked up where he left off, almost immediately taking the lead with a big gap back to the next man, team mate Noriyuki Haga. Haga chipped away at Fabrizio's lead, but the Italian stood very firmly at the top of the standings.

It was only towards the end of the session that riders started to make an impression on Fabrizio, with Carlos Checa, Johnny Rea, and Leon Haslam all getting within 1/10th of a second of the Italian. Shane Byrne finally started setting results more in keeping with his status as BSB champion, the Briton finishing 6th fastest, just 0.431 off Fabrizio. The replacement riders did pretty well too, Gregorio Lavilla taking the 8th fastest time on Brendan Roberts' Guandalini Ducati, and South African rider Sheridan Morais putting the Kawasaki of Makoto Tamada 7th fastest, both men profiting from previous experience here.

The Yamahas are some way off the pace, Ben Spies never better than 5th fastest, and finishing the session in 12th, two places behind team mate Tom Sykes. But the field is pretty close, with less than three quarters of a second between Fabrizio in 1st and Ryuichi Kiyonari in 14th.

Results of FP1:

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2009 World Superbikes Monza Race 2 Result - Comfortable Victory Closes Up The Championship

World Superbikes Monza race 2 result and recap:

Ben Spies took a comfortable victory in the second World Superbike race at Monza, despite hitting birds going through the woods. The Texan went into the first corner in 2nd place, behind Noriyuki Haga, the Japanese Ducati rider hit a flock of pigeons exiting the Curva Grande, which held him up and left him finish the first lap down in 15th, only to crash out on the third lap at high speed through the Parabolica.

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