WSBK Portimao: Biaggi Makes It a Double, Winning Both Races


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11:22am EST — Max Biaggi and Leon Haslam made both World Superbike races in Portimao Sunday a two-man show, finishing one-two in both Race 1 and Race 2 and about two tenths apart at the end of each after providing some exciting racing and trading the lead.  Both times, polesitter Cal Crutchlow could not keep the lead from the front row as second and fourth place starters Biaggi and Haslam dominated, after fighting amongst themselves in qualifying.  Haslam continues to lead the championship with 89 points, with Biaggi sixteen points behind and Checa, with 60 points, in third.

Race 1:
Johnny Rea was the last man on the podium for Race 1, as Carlos Checa held off Leon Camier for fourth.  Cal Crutchlow fell fighting with Rea for third with two laps left and finished fourteenth.  Returning and former champion James Toseland started fifteenth and finished seventh, while the Ducati duo of Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio started near the back and finished eighth and eleventh, respectively.  Following race results courtesy of the official WSBK website:

1. 3 Biaggi M., Aprilia
2. 91 Haslam L.,Suzuki + 0.200
3. 65 Rea J., Honda +6.901
4. 7 Checa C., Ducati +7.457
5. 2 Camier L., Aprilia +7.564
6. 67 Byrne S., Ducati +11.420
7. 52 Toseland J., Yamaha +18.391
8. 41 Haga N., Ducati +18.536
9. 11 Corser T., BMW +24.514
10. 111 Xaus R., BMW +32.427
11. 84 Fabrizio M., Ducati +35.045
12. 57 Lanzi L., Ducati +36.816
13. 50 Guintoli S., Suzuki +36.841
14. 35 Crutchlow C., Yamaha +44.678
15. 66 Sykes T., Kawasaki +44.942
16. 31 Iannuzzo V., Honda +59.135
17. 32 Morais S., Honda +59.852
18. 95 Hayden R., Kawasaki +1:00.097
19. 15 Baiocco M., Kawasaki +1:10.151
20. 99 Scassa L.. Ducati
RET 88 Pitt A., BMW
RET 96 Smrz J., Ducati
RET 49 Tamada M., BMW
RET 76 Neukirchner M., Honda

Race 2:
Biaggi also won race 2 over Haslam, though both had company at the front for the second race, with just over one second covering the top four, rounded out by Cal Crutchlow and Carlos Checa.  Camier was another two seconds back with Toseland moving up through the pack to finish sixth.  Haga and Fabrizio again finished eighth and eleventh.  The following race results are courtesy of the official WSBK website:

1. 3 Biaggi M., Aprilia
2. 91 Haslam L., Suzuki +0.191
3. 35 Crutchlow C., +0.658
4. 7 Checa C., Ducati +1.015
5. 2 Camier L., Aprilia +3.123
6. 52 Toseland J., Yamaha +9.131
7. 67 Byrne S., Ducati +11.033
8. 41 Haga N., Ducati +13.452
9. 50 Guintoli S., Suzuki +13.964
10. 11 Corser T., BMW +16.377
11. 84 Fabrizio M., Ducati +26.351
12. 111 Xaus R., BMW +27.964
13. 66 Sykes T., Kawasaki +33.566
14. 57 Lanzi L., Ducati +33.823
15. 76 Neukirchner M., Honda +37.372
16. 99 Scassa L., Ducati +45.611
17. 95 Hayden R., Kawasaki +56.512
18. 15 Baiocco M., Kawasaki +58.980
19. 49 Tamada M., BMW +1:15.819
20. 88 Pitt A., BMW +1:41.672
RET 32 Morais S., Honda
RET 96 Smrz J., Ducati
RET 65 Rea J., Honda
RET 31 Iannuzzo V., Honda

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