Haga wins to keep title hopes alive.

The World Superbike Championship has just been blown wide open due to Lorenzo Lanzi suffering a turn one high side. The Xerox Ducati rider crashed mid pack, causing the other riders to scatter around him.

Toseland had to take to the gravel to avoid the crashing Italian and rejoined the race dead last. Max Biaggi also lost ground due to this incident and had to battle his way forward along with Toseland.

Joining Haga on the podium was Troy Bayliss on the second of the Xerox machines who was bashing elbows with third place man, Troy Corser. The Two Australians were taking chunks out of one another during the final few laps of the race.

Following the tough race Haga said, “I was checking behind me and every lap my heart was vibrating more. I just think, no crash and keep going. I was lucky at the start as I almost take in the crash. I was lucky. I am happy for the result and I will try for next race. I guess with the weather I will make some changes to my bike. I must pay Troy and Troy for blocking James!”

Bayliss admitted that it was hard work on track, “Its hard out there and this track makes for tight racing. I was mad as I didn't put a good lap together in Superpole. Our bike is as good as anyone's but it struggles into the back straight. That is my favourite place to pass so I had to get by there and then cover my lines. The action with Troy and Neukirchner, well that is how it goes. Nori was in control and looked like he could have gone faster, he kept a good pace.”

The weather has picked up and the temperature could impact on tyre wear as Bayliss went onto say, “Normally I want cooler conditions but I think the sunshine might help. I struggled for grip on the first 6 to 7 laps and my bike didn't change so I'll make some changes. There was a lot of action on lap one it is not nice seeing anyone hurt.” Bayliss' team-mate Lanzi was taken to the medical centre following his crash but he is ok and hoping to take part in race two.

Corser was once again deprived of the win that he wants, “I got a great start and the plan was to get in front and win, and let this lot battle it out for the championship. Haga was determined to get to the front, I tried some moves but I didn't want to risk anything. When Troy caught me my front tyre was shagged. There was nothing I could do to keep with him,” he declared.

When the lights went out Lanzi got a superb start form the second row of the grid, only for it to go horribly wrong on the run into turn one. The Xerox rider suffered a nasty high side which had a big impact on both him and the race.

Toseland ran across the gravel with his race bike's rear wheel spinning and snaking in the uneven terrain. He did an amazing job of holding onto his bucking machine to rejoin the race.

Related Pictures

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Haga, France WSBK 2007
Bayliss, 170mph, France WSBK 2007
Corser, France WSBK 2007
Alex Lowes and Corser, WSBK Race1, Misano WSBK 2017
Corser and Ron Haslam, WSBK race1, Donington WSBK 2017
Rea, Bayliss, Superpole, Australian WSBK, 2017
Sykes, Bayliss, Superpole, Australian WSBK, 2017
Melandri, Bayliss, Superpole, Australian WSBK, 2017
Biaggi, Misano WSBK 2016
Biaggi, Misano WSBK 2016
Biaggi, Misano WSBK 2016
Sofuoglu and Toseland, WSS Race, British WSBK 2016
Jacobsen, Sofuoglu Toseland and Krummenacher, WSS Race, British WSBK 2016
Biaggi and Jonathan Rea, WSBK Race2, Jerez WSBK 2015
Biaggi and Jonathan Rea, WSBK Race2, Jerez WSBK 2015
Biaggi and Jonathan Rea, WSBK Race2, Jerez WSBK 2015
Biaggi and Jonathan Rea, WSBK Race2, Jerez WSBK 2015
Biaggi and Jonathan Rea, WSBK Race2, Jerez WSBK 2015

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