2009 World Superbikes Misano Race 1 Result - First Flag-To-Flag Race Sees Surprise Podium

Results and synopsis of World Superbike Race 1 at Misano:

Ben Spies added his name to the record books once again after winning the first ever flag-to-flag race run in World Superbikes. The race started out on a wet track, the rain having stopped, with the sun breaking out from behind the clouds in the second half of the race.

Spies struggled in the early stages, but once he got out on dry tires, he went on to destroy the rest of the field. Shane Byrne took off from the line and built up a huge lead, but stayed out a couple of laps too long, and lost out to Spies with 6 laps to go. Michel Fabrizio just held off the storming Jakub Smrz to take the final spot on the podium. With Noriyuki Haga finishing in 5th, Spies pulled back 12 points in the championship race, closing the gap to just 39 points. 

Pos No Rider Country Bike Diff
1 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1  
2 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 7.931
3 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 11.836
4 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 11.886
5 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 31.670
6 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 33.241
7 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 35.772
8 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 41.931
9 56 S. Nakano JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory 51.507
10 14 M. Lagrive FRA Honda CBR1000RR 59.921
11 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 1'04.285
12 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1'04.313
13 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'19.822
14 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 1'22.412
15 53 A. Polita ITA Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'31.635
16 2 J. Hacking USA Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'39.830
17 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'42.964
18 10 F. Nieto ESP Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'43.303
19 57 L. Lanzi ITA Ducati 1098R 1 Lap
20 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1 Lap
21 94 D. Checa ESP Yamaha YZF R1 1 Lap
22 36 G. Lavilla ESP Ducati 1098R 1 Lap
23 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 1 Lap
RET 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 4 Laps
RET 15 M. Baiocco ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 9 Laps
RET 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR  
RET 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR  
NS 121 J. Hopkins USA Honda CBR1000RR  
EX 88 R. Resch AUT Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9  
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I knew Spies may have a fire lit under him after missing out on the first Superpole of the year for him. I also find it ironic that the top Kawasaki rider in this race was Hacking who has not ridden this bike too much and is in the world of racing relatively old. Good for him though. I'd like to see him in WSBK next year full time.