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POLL: What has been the biggest surprise of '09?

The trip to Miller Motorsports Park brought about the mid-way point in the 2009 World Superbike season, giving us an ideal chance to sit back and evaluate what has been an exciting and eventful seven rounds and 14 races.

Think back around four months to when the countdown to the start of the season at Phillip Island was reaching a critical stage, anticipation was reaching fever-pitch.

Two new manufacturer entries, a bevy of riding talent and an influx of British stars promised to make the 2009 season one of most interesting – and unpredictable – of recent years.

Fourteen races in and some of those questions posed pre-season have been answered – but did they turn out just as you expected?

We have identified eight reasons to have been surprised this season, but which has been the biggest turn up for you…?

Simply CLICK HERE to cast your vote!


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Cruachan - Unregistered

June 08, 2009 4:15 PM

I pretty much expected Spies to be up there (although not his awesome superpole record!) and Haga and Fabrizio to be more consistent. I expected Haslam to ride well but get few results, given that he is on a new to SBK team, whether privateers or not, so I picked him.

fanofthesport

June 08, 2009 2:26 PM

I am a little surprised by the poll results. The Crash pre-season poll had Spies for the championship and here, he's being voted, based on his performance, as the biggest surprise? I would have thought the instant performance of the Aprilia or the consistent, mature riding of Haga or even Byrne's performance would have been bigger surprises. At least this season has been exciting. On paper, Haga looks to have it in hand, but I think it will tighten up significantly and the pressure will be on Nori to maintain his points lead. I wonder if Ducati will ask him to concentrate on managing his lead for the duration of the season and have Fab do the rest of the fighting with Spies? nah.



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