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Haga strikes back in race two.

Colin Edwards followed his team-mate home after ruining his tyres in the opening half dozen laps but the American still had a smile on his face as Troy Corser had dropped away to seventh and was only just able to hold off a far more aggressive Katsuaki Fujiwara who, despite eighth place at the flag, was unable to prevent Slight moving ahead of him in the title chase.

Splitting Edwards and Corser in sixth place was the star of the race, Alessandro Gramigni on the elderly Valli Racing Yamaha R7. The Italian ex-125cc Grand Prix Champion had been the fastest privateer almost all weekend and despite falling 14th in race one, Gramigni was back on it for race two and simply rode past Corser, Fujiwara and Andy Meklau to record easily his best result of the year.

Meklau headed home his Gerin Ducati team-mate Robert Ulm to complete the top ten while Doriano Romboni put in another strong performance to finish eleventh ahead of another race one star, Jurgen Oelschlager.

Attrition was a major problem during the 16-lap event with only 17 of the 30 starters making it to the finish. Several were accounted for by the slippery surface and, as at the Nurburgring last year, the standard of marshalling left a lot to be desired. One man who didn't succumb to the gravel traps but still failed to make the finish was Gregorio Lavilla on the second factory Kawasaki. The Spaniard locked horns in the early going with his team-mate and was on course for a possible podium result when his motor let go just after half distance.

There is just a one week gap now until the series moves on to the new Oschersleben circuit in the former East-Germany and the gap at the top of the Championship is narrowing ever still. If Haga and his Yamaha team are successful with their appeal and the Japanese rider gets his 45 points gained in South Africa reinstated, he is on course to become the first ever Japanese World Superbike Champion. However if his appeal fails he could find himself banned from the final round of the series at Brands Hatch or, at the very least, looking at a small mountain to climb to get back on terms with Edwards.




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