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The Roman Emperor rules race two
22 July 2007
He was joined on the podium by Britain James Toseland who had hoped to do the double but it unfortunately eluded him. The final step of the podium went to Michel Fabrizio on the DFX Treme Honda who this time round made perfectly clean passing moves to secure his well deserved podium.
“It is a lovely feeling to be back at Brno, it feels like my home town. This place loves me and I love it,” gushed Biaggi, “ I have to say thanks to Suzuki as they worked very hard and finally we are winning again. Even without a win I enjoy this Championship. Everyone is on equal tyres so it doesn't change performance I think it is a good rule. I like this championship and I hope to win again.”
Toseland admitted he gave the second race his all but didn't have and answer for Biaggi, “I gave it everything. It is tough when you are leading the Championship as you need to think about things more. I couldn't do anything about Max so a first and a second is ok but I really wanted a double. I pushed hard at the start to catch Haga so I had nothing left at the end. I'm happy with today, I was disappointed with Misano as we just didn't have the package. These two podiums are for the team as they developed the electronics for me and that is what a good team does.”
Just before the race was due to go the weather took a turn for the worse with the wind getting up and a light shower of rain falling. The organisers delayed the start and declared it a wet race. The change in conditions caught a few people out and the riders were tentative with their first lap while they established how wet the track was. The rain blew over and the race continued in dry conditions.
Lorenzo Lanzi took the early lead with Toseland giving chase and Noriyuki Haga running hot on his heels in third place which he rapidly turned into second. By the end of lap one Haga was leading the race and his team-mate Troy Corser was up to third place, one lap later and it was Yamaha one two. Toseland had been pushed back to fourth but he pounced on Lanzi to take third place.
Corser couldn't believe his bad luck when an engine bolt broke on lap four spewing oil from his machine forcing him to retire. The top three was now Haga, from Toseland with Biaggi in third. Further down the pack Fabrizio was making his presence felt catching the taking Lanzi for fourth place.
On lap ten Biaggi took second place from Toseland while his team-mate Yukio Kagayama crashed out when he lost the front. Biaggi grabbed the lead from Haga on lap twelve and Toseland set about relieving him of second position. With four laps to run Toseland claimed second place but couldn't bridge the gap to Biaggi. And with three laps to go Fabrizio made a decisive move on Haga to secure the final step of the podium.
Roberto Rolfo, team-mate to Toseland in the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team had a good run to fifth place. Reigning World Champion Troy Bayliss on the Xerox Ducati finished in sixth just ahead of his young team-mate.
The only PSG-1 Kawasaki to finish in the top ten was that of Fonsi Nieto in eighth place. Shinichi Nakatomi took a second top ten finish with a ninth place and Ruben Xaus on the Sterilgarda Ducati completed the top ten. WSBK race results (2) – Brno:
1. Max Biaggi
2. James Toseland
3. Michel Fabrizio
4. Noriyuki Haga
5. Roberto Rolfo
6. Troy Bayliss
7. Lorenzo Lanzi
8. Fonsi Nieto
9. Shinichi Nakatomi
10. Ruben Xaus