WSBK » 16 May 2010
Haslam denies Rea surprise Kyalami win
From here, it was the Italian's turn to try and relieve Rea of the lead, but while he would plant his Aprilia down the inside at Continental, Rea was wise to it as he switched back and grabbed the advantage again straight away.
A mesmerising display of formation riding from all three riders, despite the various different lines and riding styles, not once was contact made as Rea continued to defend hard from Biaggi, who in turn was trying to attack in the knowledge a false move would allow Haslam back through.
It eventually came on lap 14 when Haslam shuffled his way back up to second position to resume his attack on Rea. Making the most of his momentum, Haslam tried another pass at Continental almost straight away, but would once again run wide, allowing Rea back through.
Biaggi would go on to make the same move on Haslam just a lap later, but once more the Suzuki man would be back past by the next bend.
Allowing Rea some room to breathe as the laps ticked down, Haslam was nonetheless back on his tail with only two laps remaining and poised to attack.
The move duly came with another attempt through the Mineshaft and into Continental, only this time Haslam was able to make Rea sit up slightly, preventing the Honda man from ducking straight back beneath him.
With the move stuck, Haslam proceeded to sprint ahead with just a single lap remaining, the Suzuki rider keeping it neat and tidy to cross the line for an outstanding, and potentially crucial, race win.
Far from dejected, Rea was a delighted second place, the Assen double winner praising the Ten Kate Honda team for improvements made to the bike since qualifying.
Biaggi was also pleased with third position on a circuit that he says doesn't suit the Aprilia. However, his failure to beat Haslam in either race means the Briton's advantage has crept up from 3 points to 15 as the season reaches its mid-way stage.
Crutchlow's run to fourth place, one second off the win, made him look closer on paper than he was in reality, the Briton getting another bad start from pole position before battling his way past Fabrizio and Checa to go fourth again by lap seven.
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