WSBK »

Haga stretches advantage after Spies DNF

Despite his best efforts, though, Fabrizio could not break away, with Haslam and Smrz going with him as they lapped at a similar pace to Haga, now several seconds up the road.

Buoyed by his superb run to third position in the first race, Haslam kept Fabrizio under significant pressure, hounding the Italian through each bend but being unable to find his way through.

Nonetheless, the Stiggy's rider's perseverance paid off when he finally planted a move on lap 13, Haslam resisting Fabrizio's counter-attacks to move through and gradually pull away.

Crossing the line just over two seconds behind winner Haga, second place marks Haslam's best-ever WSBK result and brings to a close to an outstanding day that also sees him up to third in the overall standings.

The battle for third went down to the wire too, Fabrizio holding the position into the final lap, only for Smrz to get the better of him and record what is also his and Guandalini Ducati's best-ever result at WSBK level.

Some way behind, Jonathan Rea got a much needed boost with a run to fifth, the Northern Irishman recovering from another poor start to come out on top of a heated battle between himself and the sole Yamaha of Tom Sykes.

Keeping a watching brief just behind, Carlos Checa was seventh, with Shane Byrne eighth, Neukirchner ninth and Troy Corser tenth. Ruben Xaus followed in 11th after a race-long fight with Yukio Kagayama.

In a race that saw problems for Spies, Regis Laconi, Karl Muggeridge and Stuart Easton among others, the final three points paying positions fell to Brendan Roberts, Matteo Baiocco and Luca Scassa – all first time scorers at this level.

The WSBK field now heads south to Italy for the annual jaunt to the exciting and high-speed Monza circuit…


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Haga, Dutch WSBK 2009
Haga, Dutch WSBK Race 2 2009
Nico Terol - Althea Ducati
Ducati 3C Racing
Ducati garage, Jerez WSBK 2014
Kagayama, Aegerter, Haga, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
HAga, Suzuki 8 hours, July 2014
Ducati engine. WSBK Misano 2014
Ducati garage, Donington WSBK 2014
Ducati exhaust, Donington WSBK 2014
Ducati exhaust, Donington WSBK 2014
Ducati, Donington WSBK 2014
Chaz Davies - Ducati SBK [pic credit: David Salisbury]
Niccolo Canepa - Althea Ducati [pic credit: David Salisbury]
Chaz Davies - Ducati SBK [pic credit: David Salisbury]
Davide Giugliano - Ducati SBK [pic credit: David Salisbury]
Ducati Super Bike Teami, Donington WSBK 2014
Davide Giugliano - Ducati WSBK [pic credit: Gavan Caldwell]

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

April 26, 2009 7:35 PM

At this rate Haslam wil take second place in the championship with Haga winning with rounds to spare! When Haslam said pre-season that he was aiming to be top Brit I must admit I thought he had two hopes and one of those was Bob. Well done Leon and the Stiggy team. well done to Smrz - he obviously tweaked his setup for race two because he went from being a mobile chicane for the first ten laps of race one to holding a good pace in race two. Good scrap between Sykes and Rea. To those who say Spies isn't having to try and it's all too easy and Mat Mladin would sail into the sunset etc, these last two rounds have shown the guy is trying and it's harder than it looks.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.