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Biaggi doubles up again on home soil

27 June 2010

For the fourth time this season, Max Biaggi is celebrating a double World Superbike success after cruising to his second win of the day at Misano.

A fourth consecutive win for the Italian, Biaggi broke away from the chasing pack after snatching the lead on lap nine to cross the line some four seconds ahead of Leon Haslam.

While Haslam enjoyed a much more competitive outing than in race one, he was powerless to prevent Biaggi – who also won both races at Portimao, Monza and Miller Motorsports Park - from extending his lead in the overall standings to 37 points.

A determined performance by Biaggi, the 39-year-old got the best start from the lights, but would be bundled down to third by pole sitter Troy Corser and Carlos Checa through turns one and two initially, the Aprilia man lucky not to get caught behind Haslam too after he showed him a wheel at turn four.

However, Biaggi did briefly drop to fourth on lap two when he was passed by Michel Fabrizio, the Italian leading a pack of Haslam, Sylvain Guintoli and Cal Crutchlow in catching up again with leaders Corser and Checa.

Biaggi quickly regrouped though and, having set a new lap record on the third route round, set about getting third from Checa, the Spaniard having already been passed by Fabrizio.

Indeed, lap five would turn out to be a disaster for Checa as he would be shuffled down the order first by Fabrizio, then Biaggi, Haslam and finally Crutchlow, leaving him sixth.

Fabrizio's continued charge up the order would see him relieve Corser of the lead on lap seven after switching back underneath the BMW through the opening right-to-left hander. Biaggi promptly followed through and began applying pressure on fellow Roman Fabrizio.

His persistence paid off as he pulled off a tidy pass on the entrance to turn one, leaving Fabrizio no opportunity to respond through the complex.

From here, Biaggi simply galloped away from the competition as he stretched his lead to a high of six seconds before easing back towards the end to finish four seconds up.

The battle for second was more closely fought, with Haslam next to pounce on Fabrizio, the Suzuki rider going considerably better than he did in race one as he dispatched with the Ducati on lap 14.

While Haslam went on to second, Fabrizio was forced to fend off Crutchlow, the Ducati rider conceding the position to his rival on lap twenty before snatching it back with less than two laps remaining.

Crutchlow settled for fourth to avenge his race one calamity, while Checa clawed back one position in fifth after Corser, whilst under pressure from the Spaniard, ran off the circuit on the final lap trying to defend. The BMW rider would end his day in a dissatisfied tenth.

Following on from his fifth place in race one, Sylvain Guintoli completed a lucrative points' haul in sixth, ahead of Shane Byrne, who benefitted from Corser's off and a second fall in three races for James Toseland, the former champion coming down at turn one on lap eleven.

Luca Scassa earned the kudos of winning out in a fight with Noriyuki Haga in eighth position, while Leon Camier finished just outside the top ten in 11th.

Elsewhere, Ten Kate Honda's dismal day ended with Jonathan Rea in 12th and Max Neukirchner 14th, while Chris Vermeulen notched up another single point with 15th on the Kawasaki.


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