WSBK Portimao Race 1: Spies Has a Dominant Win as Haga Crashes Out


What Happens When the Championship Really Goes Down to the Wire

8:59am EST — Ben Spies won the first race of two for the final round of 2009 World Superbike action in Portugal Sunday, as the points leader going into the race, Noriyuki Haga crashed out halfway through.  This win gave Spies a fifteen-point lead before the second race run later in the day.  Johnny Rea and Max Biaggi rounded out the top three.

Final Positions for Race 1 of the Portuguese Round of the 2009 WSBK Championship: (courtesy of the official WSBK website)
1. Spies B.
2. Rea J. +1.697
3. Biaggi M. +2.113
4. Byrne S. +2.757
5. Fabrizio M. +14.753
6. Camier L. +20.044
7. Checa C. +25.634
8. Xaus R. +31.104
9. Lagrive M. +36.689
10. Baiocco M. +39.331
11. Parkes B. +41.827
12. Tamada M. +41.882
13. Salom D. +54.967
14. Checa D. +1:38.533
15. Scassa L.
RET  88 Resch R.
RET  11 Corser T.
RET  91 Haslam L.
RET  96 Smrz J.
RET  50 Guintoli S.
RET  77 Iannuzzo V.
RET  41 Haga N.
RET  10 Nieto F.

RET  71 Kagayama Y.

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