WSBK: 2010 Misano results

Biaggi on a roll

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 28, 2010
Max Biaggi extended his lead in the World Superbike Championship by securing another double at Italy’s Misano circuit.

The Alitalia Aprilia rider took his fourth double of the season, including third in the last four rounds to extend his lead over Suzuki Alstare’s Leon Haslam to 37 points.

Meanwhile Troy Corser took the Superpole for BMW’s first WSBK pole. The prime starting position helped Corser earn the German manufacturer’s second podium appearance.

Race One Highlights

The first race began with Biaggi taking the holeshot but quickly losing position to Corser. Riding the BMW S1000RR, Corser put in a strong effort to lead the first 16 laps.

Troy Corser earned BMW its first Superpole and led for most of Race One

Biaggi moved ahead on lap 17 to take the lead, and a few laps later, a wide corner by Corser allowed Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa to move into second. The three riders maintained those positions until end, with all three crossing the line within 0.822 seconds.

The win, combined with a disappointing eighth place finish for Haslam, extended Biaggi’s championship lead to 32 points. More significant, perhaps, was Corser’s performance in the S1000RR’s best effort to date.

“I got another good start and dropped back inside Max to get the lead,” says Corser. “The track was really slippery compared to this morning, so it took a few laps to get a feel for the tire and get a good rhythm. I made a mistake and Max came past, I tried a bit too hard and that was about it for me. It was positive all the same because we managed to stay in front for a good while.”

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Race Two Highlights

The second race began in similar fashion with Biaggi taking the holeshot and Corser taking the lead soon after. Checa was once again in the mix, passing Biaggi for second while Haslam had a better start in Race Two after his team addressed some setup issues.

The battle for the lead in Race Two was highly contested until Max Biaggi (3) broke from the pack and ran away with the win.

Fabrizio, fourth in Race One, also had a stronger start. The Ducati Xerox rider worked his into the lead by lap seven, with Biaggi moving up behind him into second. A slight mistake by Fabrizio on the final corner allowed Biaggi to take the lead on the straight.

Once in the lead, Biaggi was uncatchable. He would finish just over four seconds ahead of Haslam while Fabrizio held off Yamaha Sterilgarda’s Cal Crutchlow to take third. Corser was unable to repeat his Race One performance, finishing tenth despite leading the first six laps.

“In such a tough and well balanced championship, all of the victories are earned with hard work and sweat,” says Biaggi. “In race 2, to be honest, maybe I rode … pushing the envelope a bit, maybe even risking too much. But on the other hand, without risk there is no gain!”

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The World Superbike Championship will move on to the nearby Imola circuit for a few days of testing before resuming July 11at the Czech Republic’s Brno track.