WSBK: 2010 Nurburgring Results

Haga regains winning form

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Sep. 07, 2010
Jonathan Rea extended his hot streak while Noriyuki Haga returned to his winning form as the World Superbike Championship resumed after its summer break.

The month off didn’t slow Rea as the WSBK season resumed at Germany’s Nurburgring. The Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider won Race One and finished second in Race Two to extend his streak to six consecutive races in either first or second place.

Meanwhile, Haga was victorious in Race Two for Ducati Xerox in the first round since the Italian manufacturer announced it is withdrawing its factory team from WSBK at the end of the season.

Noriyuki Haga won the second race and was competitive in the first in the first round after Ducati announced it would shut down its factory WSBK team after this season.

Race One Highlights

The first race had to be restarted after Suzuki Alstare’s Leon Haslam high-sided and BMW’s Troy Corser also falling on the first corner. Both riders were injured but were able to return for the restart.

When the race began again, it was Rea finding the perfect line to pass several riders and move into the lead. Haga and Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa fought for position behind Rea while the MotoGP-bound Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow and a surprising Tom Sykes of Kawasaki were also in the mix.

Rea was untouchable in this race, leading all laps. Behind him, Haga had moved ahead of Checa for second place until crashing out on lap eight. That allowed Checa to coast easily to a second-place finish, nearly nine seconds ahead of Crutchlow. Aprilia Alitalia’s Max Biaggi followed shortly in fourth to pad his championship lead.

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“We were really behind the 8-ball on Friday but did a lot of work that night and came back yesterday with a bike we could challenge with,” says Rea. “We managed to turn that into a win in the first race today by making a break at the front and controlling the race, so all credit has to go to the crew for turning things around.”

Race Two Highlights

The second race had a clean start with Checa and Haga moving into the front followed by Rea and Biaggi. Checa held the advantage for the first three laps but Haga took over for good on lap four.

“I’m very happy with this result and very sorry for the first race,” says Haga. “When I had a crash, I wasn’t getting information from the front tire and for race 2 I made just a little modification for the front suspension and that was working much better. I was able to keep a high pace until the flag. Next round is Imola, our home track and I have much pressure but I hope to do my best.”

Rea sat in third, waiting for one of the two Ducatis in front of him to make a mistake. His chance came on lap ten as Checa crashed out, allowing him to take over second place.

Meanwhile, Haslam moved up into third despite a dislocated right thumb and damaged knee ligaments. He would finish on the podium and most importantly, ahead of Biaggi to remain in the hunt for the championship.

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Biaggi leaves Germany with a 58-point lead in the standings ahead of Haslam with two rounds remaining. Despite his recent results, Rea is officially out of the title hunt, trailing Biaggi by 109 points, but he can still catch Haslam, especially if his injuries continue to bother him.

The 2010 WSBK Championship will continue Sept. 26 at Italy’s Imola circuit.