Spies beats Haga to close gap

The Spaniard started eighth and ran in the same position in the early stages, before gradually picking his way through the order to catch Rea. Signalling his third podium of the season, it comes at a crucial time when Checa is believed to be fighting for his place in the team.

Rea settled for fourth, more than five seconds ahead of Biaggi, who came away with fifth after a race-long battle with Corser, Haslam and Fabrizio. Corser had held fourth for much of the time, but began to fade as the race progressed, slipping into the clutches of his rivals and eventually finishing in eighth position.

As such, Haslam was able to benefit, finishing a solid sixth having fallen from third to eighth at the start on the Stiggy Honda, while Fabrizio was a quiet seventh as he watches his slim title hopes slide away.

Unable to replicate the pace of his team-mate, Tom Sykes was a lonely ninth on the second Yamaha, while fellow Briton Shane Byrne completed the top ten.

Outside the top ten, Matthieu Lagrive, Karl Muggeridge, Jakub Smrz, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Yukio Kagayama were the remaining point scorers. Briton Richard Cooper, meanwhile, crashed out of 15th position, seven laps into the race.

Tagged as: Honda , Yamaha , Haga , Ben Spies

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wosideg - Unregistered

September 06, 2009 12:28 PM

Can't believe Eurosport turning off the race with 9 laps to go, for touring cars.. If I had paid to sponsor, strong words would be had and budgets re-assesed.. Idiots :?

FooAtari - Unregistered

September 06, 2009 12:16 PM

WoW, what a great race. Spies was on the absolute edge for the last 10 laps or so. All credit to Haga, he clearly rode through the pain barrier there. But that was Spies best race so far. I think this race will be a change in the balance of the championship fight. I hope Haga can put a good fight in race 2, but he may have done himself in in race 1. But that was an awesome win by Spies. Reading the comments from yesterday it seems most people wrote him for a 2nd or 3rd place. He really showed waht he is made of today.

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