Vermeulen steals race two from Laconi.

Winston Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen took a race win from Xerox Ducati's Regis Laconi on the last lap of the second race of the Corona Extra World Superbike championship.

Frankie Chili had a problem on the grid with his Klaffi Honda machine and the race start was held up whilst Frankie and his team sorted out the concern.

Since the riders had already done their warm up lap one lap was dropped off race distance.

Laconi led from the restart with Alstare Suzuki's Troy Corser slotting into second place off the gid of the delayed second race. Corser's team-mate Yukio Kagayama got away in third hotly pursued by Yamaha's Andrew Pitt, Kawasaki's Chris Walker and Vermeulen's team-mate Muggeridge.

Kagayama managed to take his team-mate Corser on lap eight for second place, but unfortunately run off the track on the 11th lap and dropped his Alstare Suzuki in the gravel.

Corser further slipped back to third, after briefly picking up second when his team-mate went out, when Honda's Vermeulen seemed to capitalise on Corser's broken concentration with his team-mates accident.

Vermeulen then went on to close Laconi's small lead of 1.5secs over the remaining five laps and was on the Ducati's rear wheel with only two laps to go.

Vermeulen left it until the last lap, to avoid a possible retake, to steal the lead from Laconi which he held to the line to take a very memorable win indeed at a race that seems to have marked the end of the Suzuki's dominance over the championship.

Gianluca Nannelli had a storming race, despite starting from the pit lane on his spare machine to finish a final tenth place. He also finished in ninth position in the first WSBK before taking third in the Supersport race for his team.

Renegade Koji Honda's Ben Bostrom jumped the start and suffered from a ride through pit-lane penalty. Despite this he battled his way back up the field to finish 18th.

Top ten
1. Vermeulen
2. Laconi
3. Corser
4. Muggeridge
5. Toseland
6. Pitt
7. Chili
8. Walker
9. Haga
10. Nannelli

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