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Leon Haslam denied Jonathan Rea a glorious double at Phillip Island after out-dragging the Kawasaki rider on the run to the line to claim his first victory on the Red Devils Aprilia.

In a repeat of their final-lap battle in race one, the pair were at loggerheads again in another stunning race in Australia, with Haslam jumping from third to first after powering past Ducati's Chaz Davies and race leader Rea on the Gardner Straight on the penultimate lap.

Haslam seemed to have all bases covered as Rea looked for a way past but incredibly the new Kawasaki signing found a way through on the run up the hill towards Lukey Heights.

With few opportunities remaining to make a pass, it appeared as though Haslam would have to settle for second best yet again but the British rider built up enough momentum as he exited the final corner to edge past Rea on the line, with the official margin of victory only 0.010s.

Davies again finished third on the Ducati as British riders took a clean sweep of the rostrum once more, with Tom Sykes, Sylvain Guintoli and Nicol Terol the first six.

Series rookies Michael van der Mark and Jordi Torres both crashed out while running in the top six in the final third of the race.

Troy Bayliss, who had been as high as seventh in the early stages, finished 16th on the Ducati after pitting to change tyres, while Leon Camier came home in eighth on the MV Agusta behind Voltcom Crescent Suzuki's Randy de Puniet.

Alex Lowes had a weekend to forget after the Suzuki rider was an early retirement. Lowes started the race from pit lane with a machine issue and soon had to admit defeat.

Rea again made the break from pole to shoot into the lead chased by Haslam and Davies, who quickly gained a place to take up the running behind the race one winner.

The race quickly developed into six-way battle, with Van der Mark, Sykes and Torres on the tails of leaders Rea, Davies and Haslam.

Aprilia rider Haslam picked up a place on lap seven to take second with a move on Davies into the Honda hairpin.

On the next lap, both Haslam and Van der Mark drafted past Rea into Doohan Corner, with the young Dutchman then hitting the front with a pass on Haslam at the Southern Loop.

Incredibly, Van der Mark began to edge away at the front on the Pata Honda and seemed comfortable dictating the pace as Rea was pushed back to fourth by Davies.

The World Supersport champion held sway until he was eventually reeled in again by Haslam, who made a trademark pass into the hairpin on lap 13. Rea was back up to third after passing Davies on the run to Lukey Heights.

Van der Mark was soon demoted to fourth place as Rea and Davies both found a way past the Pata Honda, and the top four had made a break from Torres, who had daylight between himself and Sykes, with Guintoli and Terol next.

On lap 17, Torres ran straight on at the hairpin and dropped back behind Sykes into sixth and disaster struck a lap later when the Red Devils Aprilia prospect came off at Doohan Corner.

Rea was back in command on lap 19, going under Haslam through Turn 11 with Davies following suit to shunt the Aprilia man back to third as the top three made a break for it.

Welshman Davies then took his turn at the front, passing Rea into Doohan Corner as Sykes was promoted to fourth when Van der Mark came off at MG.

Haslam timed his move to perfection on the penultimate lap, using the speed of the Aprilia to draft past Davies and Rea to take up the running at a crucial point in the race.

A tense finish was in store as Rea lurked menacingly behind Haslam, waiting for an opportunity to pounce. It came unexpectedly when the Kawasaki rider somehow squeezed past on the run up to Lukey Heights, but Haslam's challenge wasn't over just yet.

The Aprilia contender managed to get good drive out of the final turn and came up trumps on the dash to the line, denying Rea a double on his Kawasaki debut in a barnstorming finish.

The pair are tied on 45 points each after the opening round of the championship, taking a win and a runner-up finish apiece, with Davies third on 32 points and Sykes next with 23.

Meanwhile, Niccolo Canepa, who came off the Team Hero EBR in the first race, was ruled out of race two, injuring his left ankle.


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