WSBK Valencia Race 1 & 2: Haslam Wins, Haga Wins Red-Flagged Aggregate Race 2


What Happens When It’s a Hard Fight From the Back

1:52pm EST —

Race 1: At a warm and sunny Valencia, it was Leon Haslam who won the first race with a comfortable margin, after Carlos Checa lost the lead with a technical issue about halfway through.  Max Biaggi could not catch him up, instead fighting off James Toseland for second, while the Briton finished third.  Noriyuki Haga fought from an eleventh place start to finish fifth, just behind Troy Corser.  Pole sitter (see here for the starting grid) Cal Crutchlow finished seventh.

Race 1 Results (courtesy of the official WSBK site):
1. 91 Haslam L. Suzuki
2. 3 Biaggi M. Aprilia +1.757
3. 52 Toseland J. Yamaha +3.621
4. 11 Corser T. BMW +4.209
5. 41 Haga N. Ducati +4.378
6. 65 Rea J. Honda +9.834
7. 35 Crutchlow C. Yamaha +10.466
8. 57 Lanzi L. Ducati +16.080
9. 50 Guintoli S. Suzuki +18.382
10. 96 Smrz J. Ducati +18.589
11. 66 Sykes T. Kawasaki +22.903
12. 111 Xaus R. BMW +25.203
13. 76 Neukirchner M. Honda +25.676
14. 99 Scassa L. Ducati +26.606
15. 88 Pitt A. BMW +43.797
16. 95 Hayden R. Kawasaki +48.094
17. 15 Baiocco M. Kawasaki +48.190
18. 17 Andrews S. Kawasaki +52.863
RET 31 Iannuzzo V. Honda
RET 2 Camier L. Aprilia
RET 84 Fabrizio M. Ducati
RET 67 Byrne S. Ducati
RET 7 Checa C. Ducati
RET 123 Resch R. BMW

Race 2: An aggregate race after a L4 crash by Simon Andrews and Vittorio Iannuzzo on the front straight brought out the red flags.  He was diagnosed with fractures in his left foot and heel.  The race was decided by the combined times from the frist three laps (before the red flag) and the times posted in the second twenty-lap race.  On the re-start, it was Checa leading Rea, while Noriyuki Haga had already fought his way close to the front.  In the end, Haga beat Checa by .025 with Biaggi .0299 back from Haga for third.

Race 2 Aggregate Results (courtesy of the official WSBK site):
1. 41 Haga N. Ducati
2. 7 Checa C. Ducati +0.025
3. 3 Biaggi M. Aprilia +0.299
4. 91 Haslam L. Suzuki +10.100
5. 65 Rea J. Honda +12.811
6. 50 Guintoli S. Suzuki +13.459
7. 52 Toseland J. Yamaha +14.845
8. 67 Byrne S. Ducati +14.861
9. 35 Crutchlow C. Yamaha +15.202
10. 96 Smrz J. Ducati +18.071
11. 111 Xaus R. BMW +25.179
12. 11 Corser T. BMW +26.116
13. 57 Lanzi L. Ducati +30.189
14. 99 Scassa L. Ducati +30.387
15. 66 Sykes T. Kawasaki +35.741
16. 88 Pitt A. BMW +43.244
17. 76 Neukirchner M. Honda +43.540
18. 123 Resch R. BMW +47.145
19. 95 Hayden R. Kawasaki +48.502
20. 15 Baiocco M. Kawasaki +51.838
RET 84 Fabrizio M.
RET 2 Camier L. Aprilia
RET 17 Andrews S. Kawasaki
RET 31 Iannuzzo V. Honda

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