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.