Biaggi cruises to seventh win of season

Biaggi leads Haslam by 32 points now, as he leads an all-veteran podium that has a combined age of 114...
Max Biaggi has more than doubled his World Superbike Championship lead after cruising to his seventh win of the season at Misano while Leon Haslam limped home in eighth.

The Aprilia rider held station behind long-time leader Troy Corser for two-thirds of the race before pouncing into a lead he wouldn't lose with nine laps remaining.

Crucially, with Haslam only managing a distant eighth after failing to recover from a poor start, Biaggi's maximum points' haul has seen him extend his advantage to 32 points in the overall standings.

Having given BMW its first pole position during qualifying, Corser turned his grid advantage into an early lead, followed by Biaggi, Checa, Sylvain Guintoli and Michel Fabrizio.

Haslam, meanwhile, suffered a poor opening lap, getting shuffled down to ninth after being run out wide by Guintoli through the first bend, the erstwhile series leader caught behind Jonathan Rea, who had turned his 16th place starting position into an early eighth.

Haslam would promptly relieve Rea of the position on lap three, but with Cal Crutchlow and Noriyuki Haga all tripping over one another in the battle for sixth, the top five made a swift break.

The gap between the two groups was widened further when Crutchlow, having passed Haga for sixth, low-sided into retirement on lap four.

The leading group would slim to three as Corser attempted to make a break mid-race, the Australian being chased by Biaggi and Checa, while Fabrizio and Guintoli began to fade.

The battle for the win, however, would come down to a ten-lap sprint, sparked when Biaggi swept past Corser on lap nine. Although Corser got his rival back almost straight away, another shuffle would see Biaggi emerge out front.

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Biaggi, Misano WSBK 2010
Biaggi, Misano WSBK 2010
Biaggi, Misano WSBK 2010
Biaggi, Misano WSBK 2010
Tom Sykes (GBR), World Superbike [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli (FRA), World Superbike, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Randy de Puniet (FRA), World Superbike [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Nicol Terol (ESP), World Superbike [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Nicol Terol (ESP), World Superbike [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Niccolo Canepa (ITA), World Superbike, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael van der Mark (NED), World Superbike [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam (GBR), World Superbike, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Camier (GBR), World Superbike, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jordi Torres (ESP), World Superbike [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jonathan Rea (GBR), World Superbike, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Davide Giugliano (GBR), World Superbike [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Chaz Davies (GBR), World Superbike [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alex Lowes (GBR), World Superbike, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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June 27, 2010 12:29 PM

er, Cal...forget that Tech 3 ride. The nice thing about WSBK is there is no age limit. It would be interesting to see Max enter a MotoGP race with the Aprilia. Bet he would like to beat some Hondas. Say, this would be a way to liven up the MotoGP events and enlarge the grid. Each race a wild card entry from WSBKs most successful would be invited to participate for a generous purse. Too bad the race dates this time of year conflict.

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June 27, 2010 11:51 AM

If Max and Aprilia can win here then surely they can win anywhere. Get Checa on a factory bike. BMW nearly there. How about Corser-Checa for next year? And bravo Sylvain!

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