10 May 2009
Spies completes victory after Haga DNF
Ben Spies avoided a repeat of his race one disaster by claiming a dominant victory in the second World Superbike race of the day at Monza, while Noriyuki Haga crashed out.
The American led from almost lights to finish, breaking the slipstream to those behind to win by almost three seconds from race one winner Michel Fabrizio and Ryuichi Kiyonari.
Going a long way to making up for his devastating problem in the opening race, when he ran out of fuel on the final corner to drop from first to 15th position, Spies assumed the lead at the second chicane when Haga suddenly dropped back after hitting a bird.
Although Yukio Kagayama rallied for the lead initially, Spies reeled off a series of relentlessly quick lap times to put a gap between himself and the battle for second position.
Haga's race, however, would go from bad to worse. Having dropped down to 15th position by the end of the opening lap, Haga was making progress when he committed arguably his first error of the year by barrel-rolling out of the race on lap three at the Parabolica. A spectacular accident, one that sent his Ducati Xerox catapulting over the barriers, Haga emerged unscathed.
With Haga's fate unknown to him, Spies continued to pull out up front, his aid being caused when Kagayama was given a drive-through penalty to drop him out of contention.
As such, the battle for the remaining podium positions enticed the Monza crowd, with Fabrizio, Kiyonari and Jonathan Rea tussling for second, third and fourth.
Initially, Fabrizio held the position, but Kiyonari – benefitting from a much better start in this race – was back through on lap seven. Nonetheless, while Kiyonari managed to escape briefly, Fabrizio gradually reeled him back in to snatch the place back on lap twelve and proceed to resist the Honda to the finish line.
Although he would drop off the battle ahead of him, Rea held on for his second top five finish of the day in fourth, ahead of Max Biaggi, who put his 20 second penalty at the end of the first race behind him for fifth.
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