2009 Assen World Superbike Race 2 Result - A Dominant Win And A Surprise Podium

Results of World Superbike Race 2 at Assen:

Noriyuki Haga dominated the second Superbike race at Assen to take a commanding lead in the championship. Ben Spies led away from the line and was starting to build a big lead, until he lost the front going into Madijk and had a very big crash. Spies' crash handed Haga the lead, and from that moment, the Xerox Ducati rider ran away with the race. Behind Haga, Max Neukirchner held second until the German was bundled off track going into the Ruskenhoek corner. Luckily, the inside of that corner is paved, and Neukirchner was able to rejoin, but by that time Neukirchner had lost touch with the leaders.

Leon Haslam took 10 laps to get past Michel Fabrizio, and the podium looked settled, as Jakub Smrz could follow Fabrizio, but not pass. But in the final corner, Fabrizio made a mistake, allowing Smrz to pass, and giving the Czech his first podium, and the Guandalini Ducati team a much-needed boost.

Pos Rider Country Bike Diff
1 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R  
2 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 2.678
3 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 4.603
4 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 8.981
5 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 12.104
6 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 14.575
7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 17.449
8 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 17.729
9 M. Neukirchner GER Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 18.167
10 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 25.056
11 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 32.617
12 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 32.688
13 B. Roberts AUS Ducati 1098R 37.415
14 M. Baiocco ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 55.088
15 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 55.325
16 R. Laconi FRA Ducati 1098R 1'18.514
17 R. Resch AUT Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'30.780
RET T. Hill GBR Honda CBR1000RR 2 Laps
RET M. Tamada JPN Kawasaki ZX 10R 12 Laps
RET R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 15 Laps
RET D. Checa ESP Yamaha YZF R1 17 Laps
RET D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 17 Laps
RET K. Muggeridge AUS Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 19 Laps
RET S. Easton GBR Kawasaki ZX 10R 19 Laps
RET B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1 21 Laps
RET V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 21 Laps
RET M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 21 Laps


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on a silver platter, courtesy of ben spies.

ben and the yamaha clearly have the better pure speed over nori and the duc, but the struggle against being a series rookie on new tracks, tyres, and bike will see him give too many wins to haga and give up too many points to the kitty-litter.

hard to believe that the infamous "nitro" nori will win his title in the calculated manner of an accountant, sorta like wayne rainey!