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Haga revives fortunes with excellent win

From here, the trio began to establish a gap over their rivals – including Haga -, Camier dictating a strong pace as Biaggi and Checa disputed behind them.

Frustratingly for Biaggi, his inability to get past Camier – thus potentially putting a useful buffer between himself and true race leader Checa - was instead allowing his rival to keep watching brief and maintain his overall gap.

Checa went on to capitalise further on lap seven by passing Biaggi, although the Aprilia rider snatched it back on lap ten as he resumed putting pressure on his rookie team-mate.

However, Camier's hopes of a dream result came to a shuddering halt on lap twelve when he lost control of the RSV-4 over the brow of turn twelve, the reigning BSB champion suffering his second big off of the day in the process.

His demise opened up the chance for Biaggi and Checa to forge ahead and cement their top two positions, but they were now being hounded by Haga, who found a remarkable amount of mid-race pace to catch the leading group.

Despite this, he needed to get ahead of the pair if he stood any chance to pulling out a gap big enough to claim victory, the 2009 runner-up wasting no time by diving past both Checa and Biaggi on the same lap to snatch the lead on the track.

It took him just three more laps to bridge the 1.2secs disadvantage he had from the start to light up the timesheets with him in the lead, while Biaggi remained second and Checa had slipped to third.

However, Haga was not quite able to put much more air between himself and his rivals, who were still chasing knowing they didn't need to actually pass the Ducati in order to beat him overall.

This seemed particularly true of Biaggi initially, the Italian getting to within just a few thousandths of the lead at one stage. However, as they entered the final two laps, it was Checa who was getting a second wind, edging the gap down to just over a tenth of a second as they entered the last revolution.

Needing just a slightly faster lap than Haga to win the race from third on the road, there was a collective holding of breaths as they came across the line to reveal that Haga had done enough by the merest of margins.




Tagged as: Ducati , Haga , Checa , Haslam , Spain , Valencia

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dellortodiagonale - Unregistered

April 11, 2010 4:19 PM

Great SBK! I keep on thinking that the great whole Haga’s career deserves a world championship before coming to an end. The others will still have their time. BTW: best wishes to Andrews and Iannuzzo. They have scared me today.



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